Something to think about
Friends, I have been thinking about what is the reason for violence in our schools and other institutions. The first thing we hear about are the guns employed. I do not know about you, but it was not unusual for guns to be in the cars and pickup trucks parked near the school. The cars were parked on the streets or private property near the school because there were was very little student parking. In fact when I went to school there were not many students with cars.
The other day I heard a person on TV talking about how he carried a gun openly back and forth from a firing range when he was young while living in New York City not all that many years ago. In the mid 80's it was common to see rifles and shotguns hanging in window racks of pickup trucks parked in school parking lots, but we very seldom heard of them being used improperly. So what is going on here? The following may give us a hint; I do not know where it came from, but its origin is not near as important as its content.
/s/ LeRoy Collins///////////////////////////////
WHAT A WAKEUP!
Why didn't you save the school children at:
Virginia Tech 04/16/07
Amish Country, PA
Columbine High School, Colorado
Moses Lake, Washington 2/2/96
Bethel, Alaska 2/19/97
Pearl, Mississippi 10/1/97
West Paducah, Kentucky 12/1/97
Stamp, Arkansas 12/15/97
Jonesboro, Arkansas 3/24/98
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 4/24/98
Fayetteville, Tennessee 5/19/98
Springfield, Oregon 5/21/98
Richmond, Virginia 6/15/98
Littleton, Colorado 4/20/99
Taber, Alberta, Canada 5/28/99
Conyers, Georgia 5/20/99
Deming, New Mexico 11/19/99
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 12/6/99
Santee, California 3/ 5/01 and
El Cajon, California 3/22/01?
Dear Concerned Student:
I am not allowed in schools.
How did this get started?... I think it started when Madeline Murray O'Hare complained.
She didn't want any prayer in our schools.
And we said, OK..
Then, someone said you better not read the Bible in school.
The Bible that says "thou shalt! not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbors as yourself,"
And we said, OK...
Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehaved because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem.
And we said, an expert should know what he's talking about, so we won't spank them anymore.
Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave.
And the school administrators said no faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued.
And we accepted their reasoning...
Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won't even have to tell their parents.
And we said, that's a grand idea...
Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they're going to do it anyway, let's give our sons all the condoms they want, so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won't have to tell their parents they got them at school.
And we said, that's another great idea...
Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs.
And we said, it doesn't matter what anybody, including the President, does in private as long as we have jobs and the economy is good....
And someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then stepped further still by making them available on the Internet.
And we said, everyone's entitled to free speech....
And the entertainment industry said, let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence and illicit sex... And let's record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes...
And we said, it's just entertainment and it has no adverse effect and nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, classmates or even themselves.
Undoubtedly, if we thought about it long and hard enough, we could figure it out. I'm sure it has a great deal to do with...
"WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."
/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.