Originally Posted by Mel Maki
Maybe I was more responsible than some but born in 51 in rural WA I owned a .22 rifle in 5th grade. I could be in the woods all day with nobody but my rifle and never did anything irresponsible. All of my friend's families had rifles in their front rooms and we never touched them without the parent's consent because they told us not to. In rural areas some high school kids did have gun racks with rifles in their trucks but in my area it was rare by the late sixties.
Is it as simple as kids are less likely to obey parents compounded by the parents are less likely to have a lot of strict rules?
Are modern kids in their own world (much different than parents) sooner now, so parents have less influence?
Millions of kids are on legal and illegal drugs now. Do the largest cities now give young people a more difficult start? Do young people now have less character? Something happened.
Our problem is larger than guns.
Yes, I think so. I have several wide ranging and probably conflicting thoughts on the problem. Maybe our problems are not as bad as we make them out to be? Youth violence and bullying that result in death are not new things. The scale of individual mass-shooter type events has increased I think. Is our own demand for 24 hour news and round-the-clock sensationalism in part to blame?
For what it is worth, Me and my wife probably both partied more in high school than our sons did. It is not like we are reactionary uber-strict helicopter parents either. I was born in '61.
I think that media and video games do coarsen our children earlier. The opportunities for a child to be radicalized by people outside of their physical community is new too, thanks to social media.
I think that the decline of Church in many communities is an issue, although I am extremely disappointed with my own Church's track record (Roman Catholic). I have personally seen well-intentioned zealots in my Church's youth programs turn my own kids away from active faith. It has been a difficult and frustrating ride which has left me personally disillusioned. That cycles back to the example I set of course. Children are very perceptive.
I hate the way each shooting event is politicized. I am confident that the parties see a mass shooting as a fund raising opportunity, with each party knowing that nothing will be done and maybe nothing can be done. My cynicism on this topic is nearly 100%. Jim