The Best Way We Can Help Our Young People
We Must Love and Protect Our Young People
Are Young People Being Destroyed By Our Constitutional Freedoms
We have the privilege of having so many #freedoms. Our founding fathers gave us freedom of speech, freedom to carry guns and the list goes on and on. These freedoms are a blessing in some situations and a danger in others. Consider seriously, how a young man has the freedom to go into a store, buy a gun, along with enough bullets to terrorize a community. We are in a vicious cycle of freedoms that are destroying our young people.
On the news program CBS This Morning, author Malcolm Gladwell, wrote about #Florida's Nightclub attack, shooting rampage. One of the news correspondents stated, "There have been 140 plus shootings like this and it is only June." Gladwell went on to explain, "These subcultures are feeding off each other. They are referencing material, they are watching on #YouTube videos. In a case I wrote about this kid was immersing himself in these obscure websites about #Columbine and watching videos about how to build bombs and comparing himself to previous shooters. So it is very hard for the rest of society to penetrate that world." Our children are watching what we do and say and they are imitating what they see. The violence adults promote through movies, television and video games are infiltrating the minds of our young people.
Presidential candidates #Donald Trump and #Hillary Clinton, continue to search for solutions regarding #gun control. Elected officials continuously debate about the issue of gun control. It is obvious that something has to be done but there are no solutions at this time. Author Malcolm Gladwell also expressed, "I think gun control has a place but let's not kid ourselves that if we passed the strictest gun control in the world, that we would end this particular kind of behavior." The desire to view violence is part of the imperfection each of us experiences as human beings. We must be determined to fight this desire by applying genuine love for each other. In God's word the Bible, Jesus gave the perfect solution at John 13:34, "I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also love one another." (NWT of the Holy Scriptures) If this love is genuinely applied, there would be no need for guns or any form of weapons.
The April 20th, 1999 school shooting, and mass murder, in #Columbine, Colorado resurfaced on the popular television series #ABC20/20. Diane Sawyer finally spoke with the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the mass murderers. More than seventeen years have passed as Sue Klebold, remained silent. How sad for the victims which included her son Dylan as well as his co-conspirator, Eric Harris, that no solid answers or explanations were given. #Diane Sawyer went on to explain how this type of massacre on innocent victims has increased since Columbine. "We reviewed cases over the years and a number of young shooters per year have more than doubled since Columbine."
Mary O'Toole, former FBI Profiler explained how this generation of young people today is "A generation raised on violent video games and movies." O'Toole, also stated, "Especially, since, after Columbine, there is a steady stream of assaults. Law enforcement says 50 rampage school shootings and ABC news estimated at least 79 thwarted plots. More than half of them mentioning Columbine." Was evil involved, asked Sawyer?
The freedom abused by Jared Loughner was used to take the life of innocent victims. Nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green was born on #9/11, another day of major tragedy. Sadly, her life was taken by another heart-wrenching tragedy. How sad to think that Christina, came into this world during terrorist acts and left this world under another terrorist act. How could we have stopped such a tragic event? Are our freedoms destroying us and our children? The young gunman should have never had the freedom to purchase a gun, especially since he was mentally unstable. Many individuals commented on his horrific mental state. Yet no one helped Jared, including his parents. With the proper help, this young gunman would not have fallen through the cracks of this system. Free to kill and maim. Some adult should have cared for him, they may be Christina and the five others would still be alive.
How can we help protect our young people today? By applying the teachings of Jesus Christ based on pure love. To have enough love for our neighbors that we would not need freedoms to purchase guns. Our children are in so much danger today, because of the violence they see on television and the internet. Some adults, have placed such tremendous focus on making money. Their concern is not for the protection of our young people. They expose children to such things as what the young gunman viewed on YouTube entitled, "Let the bodies hit the floor." This was a source of inspiration for the young killer. Why would this type of information even be available on the internet? Once again the freedom of speech may have contributed to the death of innocent people. Congresswoman Gifford's life is in jeopardy because a young man did not receive the help he needed. We can help our young people by listening to them and being there for them. Someone should have been there for this young man. If someone had taken a genuine interest, this catastrophe may not have ever happened. This vicious cycle of freedoms through speech and the right to purchase a gun has come back to haunt us. Still, it is not too late to change. If we do not, our children will continue to be destroyed by our own freedoms. Our madcap system has placed young ones in danger. Adults have choices that the young and innocent do not have. It is up to us as their parents to protect them.
We survived as a human race before all these freedoms became so deadly. Television, the internet, weapons, and pure #hatred is destroying our world. Our young people look to adults to protect and teach them. We are failing terribly. Adults can clearly see that we cannot direct on own footsteps based on Jeremiah 10: 23. The Bible gives us clear warnings on how when we try to direct our own steps, we will fail. Our creator gives us instructions through the Bible. It encourages us to abhor what is bad. When we do this as adults, a pattern is set for our children. Our young people can learn to love and avoid badness based on the example we set as adults. Just because we received all these freedoms from our founding fathers' hundreds of years ago; it does not mean that these freedoms are good for us today. These freedoms have caused so many loss of lives because of their misinterpretation and abuse.
We can break free from these demonic practices that expose our children, to the pure madness of the world. We must remember that our Grand Creator Jehovah, is watching what we do and how we treat our children. Their innocence obligates us to do what is right. The World Youth Report 2003 expressed this interesting point, "Young people are in the process of establishing a sense of identity in what is essentially an insecure world, and this underlying instability may serve to magnify the tensions and lack of control they experience on a daily basis." Our love for them should help adults provide that security and stability young people desperately need. After all, they deserve the opportunity to be protected and given the direction that will enable them to become adults one day as well. When we feed them all of this violence and our children imitate it in real life; we must blame ourselves as well. Children often copy or duplicate what they see their parents do. We must set the proper example for our young ones to follow. Our good example along with love and concern for young ones may save not only their lives but our lives as well. We are all in this together. Change is needed if our young ones are to survive.