Something’s Gotta Give

To be upfront, I support why today’s National Walkout Day is happening. The violence levels in our country are staggering compared to when I was growing up. It seems no one for sure knows why. Let me hit some points on this:

  • It is pretty feasible that most of these shootings happening at churches and schools are because those are the places that are easiest to hit. It is disturbing to me that churches are undergoing security classes and active shooter training. It’s even more disturbing that we have to talk about this with kids at school.
  • I don’t know that any changes in the law will help. This is a cultural problem. These issues start at home.
  • As much as mass protests have helped change the course of history, I’m not certain we’re at a point where it will work any more. You’ve already seen how so many protests in the last 12 months have failed to move the needle even a centimeter. Unfortunately, I don’t know what will move the needle short of an all out revolution.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. – Preamble of the Declaration of Independence

  • For those who are railing against school leadership who have announced suspensions for those who walk out of school today, please understand they are within their right. No matter what beliefs they have, they are tasked with the protection and education of their students. Students walking out disturbs the education that is supposed to be going on, as well as prevents the school from exercising the full effort of security over those students. They are just doing their jobs.

The facts of the case is, something has got to give. What will it be?

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