The Truth about the School Shootings 6/12/99

Every once in a great while, I read something in the newspapers and I'm tempted to comment on it. I don't very often because -- let's face it -- I don't generally write something in here unless I get something to respond to. But I do keep my eyes open for something worthy to comment on. Honest.

One such case was the Denver School Shootings. I wanted to say something about that -- I really did. The problem is I have this 'brash' tendency. I tend to ignore the little things like 'feelings.' I'm sure most of you give me the benefit of the doubt and believe that I'm playing some role or something ... that I'm trying to be insensitive for the shock-value of it all.

Keep believing that.

Anyway, Twistedlyn wrote me an e-mail some time ago for this page, but I had to do the critique for Episode I first and I've been really busy with Other Things of a Top Secret Nature (most of you already know what those Things are ... the rest will have to wait for the Big Announcement) (it's coming soon I promise) (crap I got off the subject again didn't I?) (let's begin again ... )

Twistedlyn wrote me an e-mail some time ago for this page and I'm just-now getting around to putting it out here. Unlike myself, Twistedlyn has Feelings so the subject was probably better handled by her anyway.

Here goes:

Dear Mr. Steele

Here's an e-mail a friend recently sent me. (It did not originate from her.)

Whoa! What in the world is happening with our kids today? Let's see... I think it started when Madeline Murray O'Hare complained that she didn't want any prayer in our schools and we said OK.

Then someone said you had better not read the Bible - the Bible that says thou shalt not kill thou shalt not steal and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK

Remember Dr. Benjamin Spock who said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem? And we said OK we won't spank them.

Then someone said that teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. And our administrators said whoa no one in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want bad publicity and we surely don't want to be sued.

Then someone said let's let our daughters have abortions if they want and we won't even tell their parents. And we said that's a grand idea.

Then someone else said let's give our sons all the condoms they want so they can have all the 'fun' they desire and we won't have to tell their parents. And we said that's another grand idea.

And then some of our top officials said that it doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. And we said as long as I have a job and the economy is good it doesn't matter to me what anyone does in private.

So now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience why they don't know right from wrong and why it doesn't bother them to kill.

Probably if we think about it long and hard enough we can figure it out.

I think it has a great deal to do with "we reap what we sow".

And here's my twist on it.

Whoa! What in the world is happening with our kids today? Let's see...I think it started when people returned to saying 'If you don't believe in God something's wrong with you and to make sure everyone believes in the right God we want to make you pray in school.' And when some reminded them of our constitutional rights to pray (or not pray) where and when we want these people said 'What the hell do you know. You're probably a pervert.'

Then someone said read the Bible - the Bible that says thou shalt not kill thou shalt not steal and love your neighbor as yourself. And add this addendum: Thou shalt not kill and steal only from people who are like you and have the same opinions as you. And that neighbor you love better be of the opposite sex or else you're going to hell.

Remember Dr. Benjamin Spock who said we shouldn't spank our children. Some people thought this meant they shouldn't discipline their children because no one ever taught them the difference between disciplining and beating. And they reasoned 'If I can't beat my kid I can't be responsible for him. If anything's wrong with him it someone else's fault.'

Then someone said that teachers and principals get paid too much and our taxes are too high. They had no respect for teachers anyway because if teachers were really smart they'd get a job doing something else where they could get paid more money.

Then someone said 'Let's not teach our children about human reproduction. Because then our children might ask us questions and we get really uptight when it comes to the subject of sex. Instead let's say that they don't have natural urgings but lustful thoughts and there's something wrong with them.'

Then someone else said 'Let's make sure our daughters understand that we will only love them as long as they never make any mistakes. And let's pound it into their heads that we consider the potential life of a fetus more important than the real life of a woman.'

And then some of our top officials said that it doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we don't do it with our privates. And we said as long as I have a job and the economy is good it doesn't matter to me if someone else is being discriminated against.

So now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience why they don't know right from wrong and why it doesn't bother them to kill.

Probably if we think about it long and hard enough we can figure it out.

I think it has a great deal to do with "we reap what we sow."

I think I speak for all Rational Minded people when I tell the writer of that first letter to put that in her pipe and smoke it.