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February 28, 2013

Will they be schools or prisons?

By WILLIAM J. KELLY

Do you parents really want your schools to be like prisons?

The Newtown, Conn., massacre – a terrible tragedy for everyone personally involved in it – has set off people, especially the political types, emoting (meaning showing emotion in an exaggerated way) about school safety.

Every one of us desires our schools to be as safe as possible. Every child is a jewel in our lives so they deserve to be safe in our schools and every where else they may be. The question to be answered is, “how do we do it?”

Is it ever possible to prevent some nut case from entering a school, factory or office with a Bushmaster AR-15 to create mayhem? In the Newtown event about 20 children, six adults and the mother of Adam Lanza were murdered by him. All of these victims lost their future lives and possibly the public lost the works of a genius among them or possibly a great musician, singer or inventor. I wonder what kind of change in American life will the Newtown massacre bring about in our country.

Parents of children – I had six but no matter the number – are truly blessed to be able to bring them to maturity with no significant problems. There are many children who suffer from abuse, hunger, neglect, abandonment and disease. Many die from these things but we do not hear about them. Pray for them!

We know, or should know, that most law is based on emotions. Emotional response to events, especially bad ones, result in calls for changes from many people – parents, organizations and politicians. Of course, the ruling politicians want to seize the moment and act quickly while the public’s emotions are very high.

The Oxford defines emotion as” instinctive feelings as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.” This is a big problem! In my life every time I made a decision based on emotion it was a big mistake. Thus, we have everyone from our president on down wanting to rush to put in place a quick fix.

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