We cannot compare kids today to kids back then

Dear Editor,

I read a Letter to the Editor in the March 28, 2018 Shopper. I was surprised at the comparison of the Cold War to today’s kids.

We truly cannot compare the two. The media back during the Cold War had a nightly news cast and that was all. Today, we have 24-hour news stations, social media, and Google. During the 70s, we had to worry every time we got on an airplane as to whether or not we would get hijacked but still no comparison. The media and social media then were limited or non-existent. Today, the news and social media almost tend to glorify these events. They constantly focus on these events and seem to not look at anything else happening in the world.

If I need to reminisce on the olden days, let me tell you a bullying story. Some of us at North School were bullied by the crossing guard’s grandson. The principal spoke to the grandparents, as this is who the child lived with. Nothing changed. Parents were instructed to have their children strike back. I myself pushed him off the slide and a dear friend of mine whom was much smaller, smacked him up side his head with her metal lunchbox.

As for the NRA, may I please quote an article on NPR titled, “The NRA Wasn’t Always Against Gun Restrictions.”

“Many are surprised to learn that the NRA of past generations worked with the federal government to limit the traffic in guns – for example, where ex-convicts or mental patients were involved.

  “When handguns became the focus, the NRA spawned a subgroup devoted to them and supported state-level permit requirements for concealed weapons.

  “In the Prohibition Era, the conversation changed again with the urban use of shotguns and the fully automatic Thompson gun.

  “These lurid hallmarks of bank robbers and warring gangsters became a target for lawmakers. In the legislating beehive of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1938 regulated such guns, banned some buyers and made gun dealers register with the government.”

As far as guns go, guns don’t kill. We are looking at the wrong issue. My gun sits in the closet keeping myself and my grandkids safe. My husband’s guns and rifles sit in the gun cabinet also keeping our grandchildren safe and not scared. The guns can’t go off on their own free will. They cannot stroll down the road and do harm on their own. Mental health needs to be evaluated not guns. If we ban guns then we need to ban cell phones, cars, knives – last two attacks have been knife related, pressure cookers – marathon bombers, Google for giving people directions to make bombs, ban the media and social media for bombarding our youth with the killing sprees, and ban babying our children. Kids need to learn to stand up for themselves and not cry for attention and the thought process of “I am entitled.”

Nobody is ever 100 percent right, maybe more of today’s kids should learn to ride the bus and try being a latch key kid, and having to fend for themselves instead of being babied and coddled.

Please stop trying to compare the old and new. It is not the same. This is the new millennium, not the 50s and 60s, or even the 70s and 80s.

Thank you kindly for the time and space,

Beth Gray

N. Springfield, Vt.

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