We’ve all seen the same television commercials over and over ad nauseum where we are shown photos of dirty, starving kids in some third world country while the narrator drones on and on about how your small donation of just a few cents a day could change little Maria or Juan’s life. Please don’t get me wrong, I do feel sorry for all of the helpless Marias and Juans in the world, but I know I can’t save all of mankind.
Right now I’m more worried about saving kids here in our own country. Not just the malnourished and neglected ones, of which we have far too many, but also all of our kids who are being influenced by complete morons on a daily basis. Forget the supposed dangers of internet predators, drugs, and violent video games. I’m talking about the folks we entrust to teach and protect our kids. Consider just a few examples I’ll share with you.
By now we’ve all seen the video of adult Boy Scout leaders Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall toppling a 170 million year old rock formation at Goblin Valley State Park in Utah and laughing like hyenas about their vandalism. It has since been revealed that only weeks before the incident Taylor filed a personal injury lawsuit from a traffic accident four years ago that he claims left him disabled. Somebody needs to tell this idiot that stupidity is not a handicap.
What a way to set an example for our young people! At least I’m comforted knowing that the Scouts don’t allow those terrible gay people to be Scout leaders! (The Boy Scouts have since removed Taylor and Hall from their leadership positions with the organization.)
Now let’s consider an incident a friend of mine, who is a retired cop, shared with me. His neighbors have a daughter who is a senior in college, working toward a teaching degree. She spends part of her week attending classes at her college and part in the classroom as a student teacher. My friend said he got a phone call from the young woman’s father one morning last week asking him to please go next door and check on her because she had called her dad in a panic and was having some kind of crisis.
Bill said when he got to the house he could hear CO2 alarms going off, and when he let himself in with a key he keeps, the house was filled with exhaust fumes. He found the young lady in the garage with a car idling, bouncing off the walls. Apparently her dad took her car to work with him to get it serviced and told her to take one of his cars that day. Her mom and dad left for work, and when she went into the garage and started the car, she flipped down the sun visor to push the button on the remote control that opens the door. Only there was no remote in the car, because it apparently isn’t driven often. She checked the visor on the passenger side, then the console and glove box, and still no remote. She called her dad in a panic, saying she was trapped in the garage and asking if she should drive the car through the closed door.
Bill said he turned off the car, then got her outside, opening every door in the house to air it out. When it was safe to go back inside, he took her back into the garage and showed her the button on the wall that said Open and Close. And she’s going to be in a classroom teaching children next year! If you’re not worried about our future, you should be.
School shootings have become a tragic part of life in America and it’s even more tragic that so many of the shooters are children themselves. As a lifetime gun owner, I am appalled that anyone is so careless as to leave unsecured firearms and ammunition where kids can get to them. I believe that any parent or guardian who allows kids to have unsupervised access to a gun should be charged with a crime.
However, it’s not just careless parents. Sometimes the “professionals” can be complete idiots. Consider the case just this week in Chino, California, where three students were injured when a police officer who was on campus for an anti-drug program left a loaded, unsecured AR-15 rifle on his motorcycle, apparently with a round in the chamber and the safety off. Somehow a student was able to get to the weapon and pull the trigger. The bullet struck a metal plate mounted in front of the barrel and the students were hit by shrapnel. This cop shouldn’t be allowed to be a dog catcher, much less carry a firearm anywhere, let alone a school campus!
Folks, be worried about our children. Be very worried!
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