posted on Jun, 18 2005 @ 02:24 PM
Originally posted by Jamuhn
You know, if Brits had a right to own a firearm, I guarantee you this happy slapping crap would have never gotten beyond the first couple people.
This is what happens when Brits can't have a weapon and then ganged up on by a teenage mob. Maybe Brits need to start carrying around swords. Cause
it sure seems like the police aren't doing anything.
Ah, I hate to say this...but that wouldn't help a darn thing.
All we'd see would be even worse violence.
Two things I believe we need are:
Better parenting, and better support for parents:
: Whilst I'm not directly blaming the parents for the actions of their kids, it can't be
denied that parents are directly responsible
for influencing how their children respond and behave to certain stimuli. Yes, there are
exceptions. There always are. But the majority of kids who are doing this (on both sides of the Atlantic, actually) are found in households where
parenting skills are perhaps less than wonderful, and perhaps more tragically, where the parents have often come from violent backgrounds themselves.
That, and there's a disturbing trend for parents wanting to be the best friends of their kids. This should not be the case - kids need parents to
be parents, and they need limits, rules, and fair and consistent discipline. Parenting is a 24/7 job - it's not something that can be substituted
by buying your kids cellphones and name-brand clothing. You can be a friend to your child, but you can't expect to be the parent and
More action taken against bullying, in schools.
I cannot count the tragic number of children who resort to extreme measures (bullies have
often been bullied in their pasts; that's not even touching on the suicides) because the schools - for various reasons, some of them valid, some of
them less so - did not act appropriately or efficiently. We need to allow our schools to take action when it's appropriate, and quit threatening
lawsuits when Johnny is suspended because he beat up Sally.
Arming the general populace will only lead to the general populace having better tools to create their havoc; it doesn't teach anything about
appropriate behaviour or response, and it certainly doesn't teach anything about conflict resolution.
Gah - this turned into a much longer post than I'd intended. But yeah - we're largely responsible for creating an environment where kids are going
around doing this stuff. It's up to us to fix it.