Letter to the editor: Lack of discipline to blame for shootings
I agree with letter-writer James Chrisner ( “Society is lacking” ). He is correct in saying that the school shootings are the result of us, not weapons.
Not only is there a lack of moral values and ethics, but also a lack of discipline at home. When I was growing up, my parents took the time to teach my sister and I the difference between right and wrong. We lived on a farm and with all of the planting, weeding, hoeing, harvesting, and taking care of animals, we didn't have time to get into trouble. Today kids don't have any work to do. They come and go as they please, and most parents don't know where their kids are or what they are doing.
Today we are pushing kids to grow up too fast, which leads to emotional and mental problems. We expect kids to know what career path to take by the time they are 10 or 12 years old. Schools should also take a long hard look at the bullying problem that is the root of a lot of school shootings. It won't go away by itself.
No, it is not the guns. My dad bought me a Daisy Red Ryder air rifle when I was 7, and I was using his .22 rifle to target practice when I was 9. Many of my classmates were hunting with their dads when they were 12. We didn't go out to kill anyone.
School shootings were unheard of in the 1940s and '50s. The problem is the way kids are brought up.