Spring season and walkabouts

hummingbird-2139279_1920 I haven’t been too interested in the news lately. I’ve spent a lot of my time preparing for doctor’s visits, which means sitting in a tiny room, drinking a lot of water so that the phlembotomist can take blood out of my veins. And in the the TMI vein, so that they could take a urinalysis.

So I was mainly oblivious to the national walkout that was supposed to be spontaneous outrage from students who were really getting a free day out in the sunshine. If it were spontaneous then the school administrators and teachers wouldn’t have pulled fire alarms and walked with the students to “pre-assigned” plazas for “protests” and “speeches.”

I grew up in the Cold War where we were taught to climb under our desks and hide during a nuclear event. In one elementary school during a “nuclear” emergency alarm we were marched out of class and we sat along the walls of the hall until the alarm was over. Basically if we were really hit then we wouldn’t have survived.

During the Cold War, we would see images of the staged May Day marches of the Soviet Union. During those days we were proud that if such a power would land on our soil that we would fight and shoot our enemies.

It is like I have walked into a surreal landscape where a group of teenagers who would have been considered able to make adult choices (like defend their country when I was their age) are asking to be disarmed. These same students are asking that someone else take care of them because they are too delicate to make their own choices.  I am astounded that an 18 or 19 year old is now considered too young and irresponsible to handle their own defense and their own life.

I do know that I am only seeing one side on the news. I know of several young men and young women who are making their own lives. Some of them are going into the military and some of them are traveling. Others are starting businesses. We don’t see them in the news. If I didn’t know of these enterprising young ones, I would have believed that our nation was already on the skids.

I am a veteran. I served. So my view is probably different from yours.

When I turned on the TV and watched the “walkout” this week, I saw history being repeated. I turned the TV off.

9 thoughts on “Spring season and walkabouts

  1. These same students are asking that someone else take care of them because they are too delicate to make their own choices. I am astounded that an 18 or 19 year old is now considered too young and irresponsible to handle their own defense and their own life.

    Too delicate to care for themselves, but we should totally lower the voting age to 15 or 16.

  2. I can only say that I see it differently. Yours is the only country where mass shootings happen with such regularity, and groups like the NRA refuse to even acknowledge the notion of regulation and responsibility.

    • I grew up in the country with a shotgun or rifle in every truck. The one shooting I remember was because a “city” person was hunting in our hills. We even had gun training in the schools. Not anymore… I’m seeing that a lot of the problems here in the US is due to “bad training” and mental health. So I do see your side… but I don’t agree.

    • Also– we need better manners in the US… I think that would help us a lot more than gun control… I can’t help but think of the politeness of the Canadians. 🙂 I’d like to see more of this. We are pretty big as a country. We shouldn’t be compared statistically to other countries unless they include enough land and people to compare. :).

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