Empty People Not Loaded Guns
by Linda Schrock Taylor: The
All-Important Reading Lesson
If guns were
the underlying cause of mass shootings, in schools or in other places,
what conclusion should be drawn from the mass
school knifings that took place in China on the very same day
as the Sandy Hook killings? "BEIJING (Reuters) – A knife-wielding
man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in
central China on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series
of attacks on schoolchildren in the country."
people will wonder about the underlying cause of knife-wielding
assailants because most media sources have buried that story while
setting their sights; while aiming their weapons
at gun control. Shame…no, curses…on those who are willing to destroy
the rights of millions of law abiding citizens simply because a
very few by comparison…evil ones who would manage to get weapons
despite any and all gun/knife/poison control laws…choose to act
with cruelty and evil intent.
I am relieved
to hear that some in Hollywood are finally coming forward to admit
that video game, movie, and television violence set the stage…and
in all too many cases actually encourage …the unhinged, as well
as the borderline unhinged, to pattern their thinking and behaviors
after evil role models.
problem in this culture of media violence is that immature brains
all too often misinterpret what they see on screens. When I talk
to students about death being permanent, many argue with me, pointing
out that although Actor X was killed in a TV show on Friday night,
the viewer noticed that Actor X in different clothing was back,
alive and well, in a movie on Saturday. Try to argue points of existence,
roles, playacting and symbolism with an immature non-thinker of
of violence in America stems from the rot in our culture, and the
blatant display of evil-in-action on screens of all sizes. For borderline
individuals, guns have become the means to act out Hollywood type
fantasies plus take their personal hurt out on other
people. In America, in China, and elsewhere, knives and other tools
can serve the same purposes for such individuals. Whether killers
and destroyers use guns, knives, poisons, hands-that-strangle, vehicular-manslaughter,
dousing-with-gasoline-then-lighting-on-fire, or other means to maim
and murder, the reality is that when someone wants to hurt and kill,
there is virtually no stopping them.
It is imperative
that we teach children and others not to want to kill. Additionally,
we must identify the underlying currents that create Empty people
who are willing to load guns and sharpen knives with the goal of
hurting others. In her excellent book, The
Sociopath Next Door, (a book I strongly recommend that Everyone
read as a prophylactic against the "1 out of 25" dangerous
persons who populate our families, our neighborhoods and our world,
disrupting and damaging our lives), Dr. Martha Stout quotes William
Ralph Inge, speaking early in the twentieth century,
proper time to influence the character of a child is about 100 years
before he is born."
Since I am
a person who believes that I was born at least 100
years too late, I paid special attention when I read that.
are discussing the cultural problems of visual-to-behavioral violence;
the breakdown of the family; the delegation of parental roles to
visual media; and the loss of a national moral compass, I would
like to also direct attention to the schools. As a baseline for
our thinking, let us consider this: When my husband (born 1941)
attended school in small town Iowa, he and many other boys carried
their guns to school and stored them in unlocked lockers. Teenage
boys; Unlocked lockers; Possibly dozens of guns in the school building.
A massacre in the making? Not at all. The daily outcome was that
the boys…as soon as school let out…went hunting so that families
might have fresh meat on their tables for evening meals.
In those days,
character and values were formed by wisdom that had come down through
the culture from …oh, about 100 years prior. Now, our culture treats
individuals as though we are all still small enough, and dumb enough,
to put beans up our noses. Rampant stupidity causes our do-gooders
and tunnel-visioned leaders to erroneously conclude that outlawing
beans must surely be the answer.
not loaded guns or sharp knives, kill and indeed our schools excel
at creating Empty People: Empty people with high-to-excellent self
For seven or
eight decades now, public schools have failed to teach every non-retarded
child to read, write, cipher, build a knowledge base, and use all
of these tools for Thinking, Analyzing, and Wisely Concluding. School
leaders at all levels, as well as teachers, not only fail to identify
and take action to prevent the problems and repercussions associated
with misfits trying to survive in society, but these supposedly
well educated persons have even failed to understand the most vitally
important rule of Education...that reading
levels are determined by vocabulary levels. Why, the NAEP had
to conduct an expensive research project just to arrive at the same
conclusion that non-college
educated (often teenaged) teachers in one-room schoolhouses
knew intuitively, and that societies have known for thousands of
years. It is shocking, but not a surprise, that public schools are
failing our children in all ways, then blithly releasing amoral,
soulless individuals who are capable of preying upon...financially,
morally...and even murdering others in society.
create gaps in thinking and knowledge. Empty lessons create huge
Holes in Souls and Missing Morals. The
emptiest of all lessons are the phony-baloney "Self Esteem
Improvement" ones. People develop and improve self esteem by
actually doing something; by actually accomplishing something; by
actually learning something; by actually improving themselves. No
one develops self esteem by participating in special school events
designed for hollow non-achievement. The next time that you spot
a child wearing some stupid sign like the "I.A.L.A.C."
(I Am Lovable and Capable) badges of the 1970’s, reread The
Sociopath Next Door and increase your vigilance as you determinedly
watch for Empty People With Loaded Guns.
Schrock Taylor [send
her mail] is a retired special
education teacher; a reading specialist; former homeschooling parent;
and outspoken constitutionalist. She is slowly writing her first
book on remediating reading skills.
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