Are we crazy? I mean can someone please just answer the question: Are we, America, nuts?
I guess the entire world is bonkers so America is just running par for the course but wow, I gotta say… there’s something about being an American which makes me, well… care about America.
And I think we’ve lost our collective minds!
Let me backtrack.
Last week I spoke to about 2,500 students over the course of 2 days at four different schools in Hammond, Indiana (just outside the Chicago area).
While doing PD for teachers is fun for me, doing student assemblies where the place is jam-packed with teens… now that’s the lion’s den right there. And I love it!Really, kids are kids are kids and I have so much fun doing student assemblies. (I try to not only rock the house with fun and laughs through stories and the such, but leave the kids really thinking about how they need to/ought to/want to step up and truly represent for themselves because getting young people to take ownership over their own lives is one of my critical messages whenever I speak to large crowds of teens). Basically, I work hard to do great student assemblies and last week I did a bunch of them in some Title I middle and high schools that were about as rewarding to me as any work I’ve ever done in education.
(Added note: Today’s teens do care about their own lives, their own futures and the state of their own community and no one is more hurt by the tragedies of violence that permeate SO MANY YOUNG lives than the kids actually living the reality themselves.)
So the assemblies were fantastic. However, upon entering campus, I had to sign in… and the front gate’s officer was armed.
And wearing a bullet proof vest.Middle school security officers wearing bullet proof vests? What is this world coming to?
And then, I saw this. It’s a story about a truck dealer who is running a weekend special. Buy a new truck and get a free AK-47.
Visit any urban school in the U.S. today and ask the students how many of them know someone who has been shot and you will see scores of hands rise into the air. To me that means we have a problem with guns.
And yet, buy a truck and you get a free toaster over… I mean free AK-47 sub-machine gun to, I assume, blow the freakin’ antlers off of Bambi.
Is it just me, or are we just nuts?
Yes, we have the right to bear arms. But do we not also need to mitigate that right with a wee bit of civil common sense?
I know, I know, guns don’t kill people; people kill people. (People with guns kill more of them though.)
I could go on and on and on because I meet and speak with kids like Alex ALL THE TIME! This isn’t an anomaly for me. I really do meet kids who have been shot or know another teen who have been shot all the time.
And they really do want the mayhem to stop.
And they really wish the adults in this world could get a better handle on this insanity.
America, are we nuts?