Jason Kilgore, useful idiot of the Joyce Foundation links this article:
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adolescents have experienced an anger attack that involved threatening violence, destroying property or engaging in violence toward others at some point in their lives. These severe attacks of uncontrollable anger are much more common among adolescents than previously recognized, a new study led by researchers from Harvard Medical School finds.
Now I have some questions of the study, and the questionable “Disorder” the study points to, I wonder how much the unintended consequences of society is to blame.
I remember as a kid I got mad at a classmate and lashed out at them. I will also note said classmate was a LOT bigger than me, and was one of the rough kids in school. I’d call him a “Bully”, but really that’s a bullshit term. All young kids are vicious monsters, and really “Bully” just seems to be the term the weak monsters pin on the stronger monsters. People teased this guy (including me) and I was teased by others. Just this guy was bigger and would hit you when you pushed too far.
This one time I got pissed at him and took a swing at him, I got a few well placed fists to my face, and went sobbing to the teachers. They knew our report, and probably had a good idea of how things went down, so their reaction could be best described as lackluster.
Of course things used to be even more liberal than that. I remember a teacher of mine telling stories of running home after school to change out of their good clothes so they could get in an after school fight without incurring the wrath of mom for scuffing the good clothes.
The above story was told to me out of speculation that some of the crazy violence in schools might be a result of zero tolerance towards fighting. He suspected kids bottle up their anger and rage until it becomes so severe that a bloody nose won’t cut it…they want death and destruction.
That’s just as dubious, but I wonder if this story points to some odd mental disorder…or just a world where breaking an asshole’s nose is ALWAYS taboo. You see, when consequences are squashed, people get more bold.
Of Course Mr. Kilgore wants to simply ban guns to stop this….but really is an irrationally angry and violent child any worse with a sword any better?
Also it gets me thinking about people talking about how carrying firearms has changed them. You see when you carry a gun you tend to have more of a plan for when things get ugly…and when you think of those plans, you realize you DON’T want to be in that situation.
Back before I carried I’d honk my horn and flash my finger at stupid Massachusetts drivers. No longer. You see if the other guy gets out of his car and charges me, or starts following me to my destination, I might be in a situation where using my gun is the best option….and I don’t want to be there. I know of people who would get angry when somebody would call them names or question their manhood. Not such an insult when you’re carrying. I can shoot you, and I really don’t want to…so go ahead and call me a “Pussy”, I’ll just keep walking.
Just food for thought!