According to reports, the most recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas where 10 innocent lives were ruthlessly taken without warning, is at least the 20th school-type shooting of 2018. There are also new claims of physical attacks by teenagers being reported in Las Vegas.
So, why is this happening?
Do we need to place more infringements upon the Second Amendment to resolve the issues as the Left would have us believe or is there a deeper issue?
I hate to be the ‘bearer of reality’ here but let me begin by stating the obvious.
We have always had guns in this country.
And what is also true is that in the past, many youth had even greater accessibility to firearms than they do today.
Often, firearms were left on bedroom walls, carried in pickup trucks or placed somewhere else in the house in plain view and easy reach of children. And yet, we never had this type of crime being committed by teens.
So, what changed?
One major change has been the family.
Today more than ever, many children are being raised in single parent homes or by parents (or caregivers) who don’t spend an adequate of time parenting their children.
As a licensed psychotherapist who has treated a number of children and teens, the biggest complaint I hear from them is that their parents don’t spend time with them and have no idea what’s going on in their lives.
The lack of attention from their parents is an indication to their kids that they don’t matter.
As a result, kids often internalize their anger, lash out at their parents and others.
Without guidance from parents in how to cope with the anger and frustration they are feeling, the results may lead to out of control behaviors.
Take for instance a group of Las Vegas teenagers that have been reportedly terrorizing one local community.
In April, a group of teens was recorded on a cell phone attacking a woman three times causing her to sprain an ankle and break a finger.
The woman’s husband, Jon Harris said of his wife’s attack, “Sixty kids came out of no where and just rushed everyone. I don’t know how it started but we turned around and my wife was getting jumped by a bunch of kids.”
Harris also claimed there were other attacks.
“They hit my neighbors’ wife with those rocks. He was also hit trying to protect his wife.”
“You can’t drive down the street. They stop cars they try to get in the cars. They start banging on cars. We know their names, we have pictures we have videos we have spoke (sic) to their parents. I mean two to three times a day they are an issue and 2-3 times a day police come. Police handcuff them, then 10 minutes later you see them back walking around.”
Others in the neighborhood said the teens’ behaviors are nothing new to them and that they’ve been causing problems in the area for months.
“I want people to know that video where my neighbor is getting beat, this isn’t a one time thing,” Eric Phillips said.
Those attacked by the teams report they have spoken to the parents of the teens to no avail.
They also believe that they are not going to get the help they need from the police.
Concerned citizens indicate they have also tried speaking to the school where the teens attend but they say the school will not get involved.
Children who do not receive proper parental supervision and appropriate consequences for their actions have no reason to discontinue their inappropriate behaviors.
In this case, if the reports are to be believed, the behaviors are criminal in nature.
Many issues need to be resolved quickly before the situation escalates any further.
“This is a situation someone is not going to come back from if it doesn’t stop,” Harris said.
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