A Clear Present, Past, And Future Danger!
A Clear Present, Past, And Future Danger!
Bobby E. Mills, PhD
Government officials who cannot and will not protect school age children, which are the nation’s future, cannot protect the nation. The obvious question : WHY does this circumstance exist? There is a cause and effect consequence to actions as well as in-actions. The spiritual misinterpretation of The Second Amendment by Christian Right Evangelicals and The Republican Party is helping to ex-acerbate the issue of public school violence because of easy access to guns (Weapons-Of-War). Since the first public school shooting on April 20th, 1999 at Columbine High School (Colum-bine, Colorado), America has had 270 such public-school shootings. Unfortunately, these public-school shootings have become an American spiritual-moral-tragedy. The National Rifle Association (NRA), The Republican Party and so-called Christian Right Evangelicals must therefore shoulder a large percentage of the reasons for the proliferation of mass-shootings in public schools. Indeed, it is their un-godly “love-of-power/money” that causes them to blindly refuse to fix the problem simply by demanding sensible gun control legislation. Question: Do Americans need to be reminded that: “Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” (Psalm 127: 3). America’s children are in harm’s way daily be-cause of “political-economic-corruption”. Public school violence is a national spiritual-moral-crisis. The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida prick-ed the national conscience of America with their “dogged-determination” to confront the issue of gun violence head-on. Regrettably, children are fighting a spiritual-political-battle that adults have the political-power (VOTE) to re-solve for them in order to change the situational-equation. Unfortunately, without any positive political and legislative consideration from the majority Political Party (RNC), just changing guns laws will not cure the problem. Shame! Shame! Shame!
Just maybe, Americans need to remind themselves of the sins of the past and the resulting socio-economic consequences. More importantly, we need to get busy resolving the critical issues of the twenty-first century as it relates to public school education and the psychological harm being heaped upon the heads of our children. After all, education is the key to the American Dream. Hence, the issue of public school safety must be resolved now, not later. This issue alone is socio-psychologically destroying the mental-psyche of the nation’s children to feel safe and secure in public school environments. Public schools should not be combat-zones. Therefore, Christian Right Evangelicals: “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” (Matthew 26: 52). Guns do not solve the problem of evil (gun-violence) in public school environments. Just maybe, the Founders of America’s democratic Constitutional system of governance and their desire to create a mass universal public-school system in order that every individual learn to read the Bible was the correct approach. Question: Where did America go wrong in the practical spiritual implications, as well as implementation, of public school educational systems? “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1: 3). Spiritual awareness, ethical consciousness, and moral order (conduct) must always have a role in public school education. When individuals take GOD (TRUTH) out of any socio-economic-political institution, one can expect disastrous consequences and doom-day-failure. The long and the short of it is that we must all take heed because, thus saith The Lord: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson; they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” (Isaiah 1: 18-19).
Since everyone agrees that children are our future, let’s not just talk about it (their future), let’s be about it. Thus, America, here are some public-safety and security measures that we need to diligently institute in public school environments for the public safety and well-being of students:
- The passage of strict gun control laws, especially those that relate to military-style-weaponry in conjunction with the closing of gun-show-loop-holes.
- The strengthening of mental health background check laws for the purchase of guns.
- Public school physical facilities must be made safer and more secure.
- Public school districts should institute professional sensitivity training programs for administrators and teachers in order to identify “emotionally-mentally-challenged-troubled-students”: A social services system. The spiritual-moral-breakdown of family life in American society has fueled the emotional-mental-instability of children. Institute professional processes for students to “anonymously” report mentally challenged students.
- All school districts should institute public relations programs with local law enforcement officials in order to encourage students to: “if you see something or hear something, say something”: Police school community relations program.
- Unfortunately, public school districts might have to resort to “security-check-point-systems”.
The American Dream is a reality for most; but, unfortunately, for some Whites it is a nightmare simply because of personal and family related experiences, attitudes, and moral values. These circumstances exist primarily because of institutional racism (White Privilege) and personal/moral attitudes and values. A prime example was the school shooting at Columbine. America’s public-school children must learn how to creatively and non-violently resolve social conflict through positive socialization. This must be done by embracing truth, not lies. Individuals should never make telling lies a profession. For example, the foundation of racism is based upon a lie. Individuals who cannot accept that “equal is equal” have no “God Conscience”! Parents should never make racially derogatory statements about other races, ethnicities, or cultures in family settings. All parents should always remember that your children are not only your spiritual heritage, but they are an extension of their physical and social being. Finally, parents: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that, good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12: 1-2). America, the “Will of God” is simply: “Love God and Love each other”. Amen!