Another school shooting and the moron squad is out to find new ways to close the barn door now that the horse has escaped. Renewed calls for gun control are everywhere. Other morons are trying to keep the insane off the streets – often appointing themselves as experts in deciding who should be locked up. The list goes on and on.
Gun Control Has Been an Epic Failure
You would think that that the gun control position would have been completely discredited by now. Of the last few decades it has been crystal clear that where guns are hard to get, gun violence goes up. Where guns are easy to get, gun violence goes down. In States where it is easy for citizens to carry guns, gun violence is even lower. It is a pretty simple fact of life. Bad guys NEVER follow gun laws. So, when the good guys have guns, the bad guys are afraid to use their guns. Want more gun violence? Just work to make it harder for citizens to carry guns. Want gun violence to go down, work to make it easier for citizens to own guns.
Insanity Is a State of Mind
Most people with mental illnesses or cognitive disorders never commit violent acts. Locking more of them up costs the taxpayers’ money. Those few people with mental disorders who will go on to commit violent acts are difficult to identify, and may not appear that much different from ordinary people who are going through a rough patch in their lives. Besides, it can be unjust; innocent, harmless people have been locked up in asylums for malicious reasons, such as to gain control over their property. And it’s dangerous to give any government the power to confine people preemptively because they might commit a crime in the future. In the former Soviet Union, psychiatric institutions were used as prisons for dissenters. So, it is a complete waste of time, money, and human lives to go down that path.
What Really Does NOT Work
Now, there is another institution that is even more counterproductive and costly than either gun control or the preemptive lockup of those perceived to be insane.
Suppose there was an institution that promoted both Communism and radical Islam. Suppose that institution picked your pocket on the federal, State, and local levels, and resisted all attempts to control its costs. Would you wish to continue spending your tax dollars on it?
Now, let’s further suppose that the institution were a serious public health hazard. Its crowding and poor ventilation helps spread disease to some of our most vulnerable citizens. It also provides a venue for gang crimes and sexual assault.
Just to make things worse, suppose that its buildings were more subject to vandalism than any other buildings in town. It doesn’t matter what part of the country you happen to be in, the vandals hit those buildings first.
Now, the institution has a stated purpose, but it has a very poor track record at doing what it is expected to do. It seems that every year it does its job worse than the year before. Every dollar spent on reforming this institution proves to be a dollar wasted. Is there any reason that you would want to keep this corrupt and useless organization in existence?
Well, there is such an institution: the American public “education” system. Public schools are the reason that we have violence in the public schools. We will have violence in the public schools until the day we close the public schools.
But What About Educating Our Children?
Fair question. Rest assured that our children are NOT being educated in our public schools and never will be. But there are several great alternatives.
1. Private schools. When was the last time you heard of private school violence? We are sure that it has happened, but it is very rare.
2. Home schools. Years ago, people had all these reasons why home schools would not work. However, that ship has now sailed. Homeschooled children grow up to be MORE able to participate in society than their public school counterparts. They do better in college than publicly educated students. They are more employable than those who went to public schools.
3. Community schools. Not everyone can afford private school tuition or the time to homeschool their children.
We have seen that government involvement in schools leads to more trouble and less education. However, parents can unite to form some sort of community school. It can be a network of homeschoolers that takes in their neighbor children. It can be a coalition of parents and civic-minded businesses that form and finance small schooling groups. It could even create a private school with scholarships for those who cannot afford to pay.
But no one seems to be listening at the moment. We will keep creating larger and larger public schools. We will keep creating new theories on why “Johnny can’t read.” We will keep spreading diseases amongst our children, who will bring them home and make the whole family ill. We will keep bankrupting our communities through “education” spending. And, of course, there will be more PUBLIC school shootings. Too many people have a vested political and financial interest in keeping things exactly the way they are.
Smart parents should pull their children out of the public schools before their children become victims of public-school violence. Empty those public schools. Cause the government to close them. Then, and only then, will we have an end to the endless stream of school shootings.