posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 07:46 PM
In America we have children at the age of eleven and some younger that are learning a trade on the streets, one that will serve them for the rest of
their lives, sell drugs, steal cars, rob people, mostly the elderly, burglarizes homes and businesses, and kill.
The training is free and most of the delinquents enjoy doing it.
I own a rental house that is located in one of those bad areas that encircle most large cities, it often needs repairs yet I can’t find anyone to go
into that neighborhood to do the work, the police avoid the area.
So I go there and fix things, paint things and whatever. I have been painting the house since last week. Next door lives a woman and two of her
children, they often have friends over who spend much of there time on the porch getting loud and obnoxious.
It’s obvious they are gang members they have their colors and they walk around dressed like grim reapers, with their hoods over their heads----they
dressed this way all summer---in the heat. Go figure.
I have worked on the house all summer, and I bring with me my tools and other equipment, some of it very expensive. They watched me, never talk to me
but I know they know that they could knock me in the head, take my stuff and sell it, there would be little I could do, legally that is.
I had thought about offering the two boys that lived there an opportunity to learn a trade and make some money, and perhaps become productive
citizens, and boring stuff like that.
I talked to a few friends one a lawyer about doing that and all of them told me it was a bad idea and against the law, child labor law.
I learned all my skills by working for people like me when I was a young kid, I started working when I was eleven and purchased my first fixer uper
when I was twenty five, after I got out of the army. I have fixed up and sold many houses since.
Is it possible that our stupid child labor laws are responsible for all the crime we have in our cities?
We won’t let our children work, what else do they have to do but look for trouble and create hell for the rest of us?
There were child labor laws when I was growing up but my parents didn’t care, they expected me to get a job and help out with the family finances,
and so I did.
I grew up in that filthy neighborhood and had moved away many years ago, but I still own that property. When I was growing up there many of my friends
lived in public housing and like there parents never held a job, didn’t want a job, and their parents didn’t care that they spent their time on
Most of my friends ended up in jail, those still alive are living in public housing in that same area, because they have no skills.
I say take the punks off the streets and put them to work learning a trade, there are lots of people like me willing to teach them what we know, but
I’m not going to break the law or face a lawsuit. That law needs to be changed.
Unfortunately, that’s probably never going to happen, god forbid our children get their hands dirty learning a trade.