Following the unthinkable shootings at Virginia Tech on Monday April 15, 2007, the large headlines in the Albuquerque Journal read, "WHY?" Educators; parents; school administrators; business people students; social scientists; judges; statisticians and employees all across the country are asking the same question...WHY?
Here in Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA), where I live, we had a similar incident happen a few years ago, only not on the scale of the tragedy of Virginia Tech. But, it's a tragedy if only one human being is slaughtered senselessly! And, that's what happened in Albuquerque, as televised on Dateline NBC on Sunday April 15, 2007. Five people were shot to death that awful day, including two police officers by John Hyde, a mental patient, and the two police officers were shot only three blocks from where I live!
After the killings, there was a small memorial placed in the concrete on the corner of Gold and Ash streets, and I've walked by there several times. And, every time I walk past there, I stop for a moment to say ...WHY? What are we doing to each other as a People?
The school shootings of recent years are a big black eye for America, as innocent children have been murdered in our schools. Because of this, many of our schools have increased security and now look like fortresses, which is a shame! In my view, the finger has to be pointed at the parents, who are not teaching their kids manners, values, and two of the most important words...mutual respect! There are many people out in society who should have never become parents. Hate, racism and bigotry has to start someplace...and it usually starts in the home and in the sreets. Kids are taught to hate!
But, parents are not all at fault, in my view, because of the way things are today in this society, and it all revolves around GREED! Greedy corporations only looking at the bottom line, whereby both parents have to work to make a living, and one parent can't stay home to raise the kids, etc. Kids at a young age need guidance, and discipline, and sadly, for the most part, there is not a lot of guidance in the home these days! As a nation, we are producing latch-key kids, who come home to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and the streets...and THIS is where the kids get their guidance!
Today, a couple has a child, and the first thing that happens, is to give that child to a baby-sitter or somebody else to take care of and help raise, etc. Children need their parents, especially at a young age and in their formative years. Children learn from adults...good things...and bad things, too. If a child is raised by a negative person...a racist; bigot; a person of put-down and hate...that child is going to learn from that adult, and I don't care if that person is a family member or not! Ever wonder why the suicide rate among young people is so high?
Parents get themselves in huge debt...and many times they can't handle the load with big mortgages; a couple of gas-guzzlers in the driveway; credit card debt; furniture; keeping up with the Joneses...and that means working longer hours, and that means less time with the kids, etc. They shouldn't have had the kids in the first place...all they're doing is damage to the kids!
All of us know, that national surveys can be pretty accurate, I read a national survey recently, where, parents were asked the following question. "If you had it to do all over again, would you have children? A whopping 72% said they would NOT have children if they had to do it all over again! I was astonished with this number! Sadly, there are children all over the U.S. who are simply not wanted. They're rejected right from the start, and become a burden to a family, and I think that is one reason domestic violence is on the increase! Child abuse...senior abuse and domestic violence are all on the rise in this country.