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Scoot Blog: Don?t forget to bring your gun to school!

Picture this:  A mother says to teenager leaving for school: “Honey, do you have everything you need for school today – your homework, your lunch money, and oh - don’t forget your gun!”
Gunfire erupted in a crowd of students wearing school uniforms yesterday afternoon at the busy intersection of Esplanade and N. Broad.   The NOPD has not yet said if they have a suspect in the shooting of a student. 
An NOPD spokesman told WWL-TV that “it all began with an altercation between several students wearing school uniforms, and then gunfire erupted.”  However, an eyewitness tells WWL First News that the young male shooter was not wearing a school uniform. 
Another altercation and another brazen shooting in public in broad daylight again bring us face-to-face with the depth of a problem we have in New Orleans and throughout America. I just wonder which of President Obama’s newly proposed gun laws would have prevented the shooting yesterday afternoon that left one teen in critical condition with two gunshot wounds.
The sad reality is that this is not a problem that can be solved with legislation. Proposing an immediate tangible solution, like legislation, satisfies our human instinct to protect society, but fails to address the deeper, more complicated problem of requiring parents to raise their children to become contributing members of the community.
Every senseless shooting is alarming, but when a shooting occurs in a group of high school students after school we are reminded about the magnitude of the problem. We were all in high school and we all remember hanging out with friends after school and that’s why it’s difficult to comprehend how much society has changed.
Teens with guns and the wrong attitude about life are generally the product of households that provide little or no guidance to their children.  The most unfortunate aspect of this is the reality that it will take generations to manifest significant change.
The teens that are ‘armed with attitudes’ change the world of being a teenager. The ripple effect is easy to understand. If parents are responsible for teaching their children to be safe in life, the list of warnings has grown – look both ways before you cross the street, don’t touch the stove when it’s hot, don’t talk to strangers and don’t get shot!

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02/21/2013 9:44AM
Scoot Blog: Don’t forget to bring your gun to school!
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02/21/2013 10:48AM
Okay, let us address the real problem.
If the answer is " requiring parents " to rear their children to be contributing members of society, good luck. Yes society has changed, more than we know or are willing to accept. Willing or not, we have no choice but to live in the NOW and not search for what we remember "back in the day". NOLA and La. are reaping the consequences of decades of anything goes thinking. Crime, corruption, poor education etc. Hey look, it is our culture. Don't tell us what to do. Don't like it here? move out. Those how could did. It was in their perceived best interest. Actually this a story line which has been played out many times, around our country. Some communities seem to have better success in making the most out of change, others not so much. I have no magic bullet to cure our ills( not challenges, as some try to sugarcoat reality. However, permit me to suggest a start, forget the past, yes completely. Back in the day, it ain't there no more. 1965 will not be returning any more quickly than 1905. Seems we are hung up in a perpetual game of " ain't it awful" with the occasional sporting event or festival as a momentary distraction. Regretfully, as a native, I have a notion what our reaction to embracing the NOW will be. Prove me wrong, please.
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