Hennen Column: Why Do School Shootings Happen?

APTOPIX Connecticut School Shooting

Like many parents across America today, I could not resist the urge to hug my kids a bit longer after hearing the news of yet another school shooting. The unspeakable horror of a Christmastime massacre at a small town elementary school is provoking anger everywhere. And it should. It’s also prompted the predictable political agenda of the left: “Grab the Guns!”

The lowest form of politics is to seek to advance a cause or legislation within hours of human tragedy. President Barack Obama could not even wait a day to begin his post-election shift even further leftward:

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“As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

Politico reported that Obama is feeling the heat from Congress’s top gun control extremist Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), who warned the White House that the “gloves are coming off” if he doesn’t fight for stricter gun control. She too wasn’t afraid to dishonor the dead by seeking advantage for her cause:

“I agree, this is not the time to talk about (gun control)…It should have been talked about years ago when we started having these mass shootings. It should have been done when Gabby Giffords was shot.”

We could use a serious national conversation asking the simple question: Why? Why does this happen? From Fairmont, North Dakota to Red Lake Falls, Minnesota we have seen school shootings up close here in the Heartland too. It happens. In cities big and small.

I spoke with Dr. David Flowers (audio) of the fastest growing school district in North Dakota today. The West Fargo administrator was recently named the North Dakota Superintendent of the year. He once worked at a school that experienced a gang related shooting which prompted the installation of metal detectors. He said that “eventually the students and the community felt that they had given too much power to their fear over that…and given up too much freedom”. The metal detectors were removed. He added : “If someone is intent on bringing a weapon in (to a school)…they probably can figure a way around the metal detectors.”

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has a strong opinion on why these shootings happen, telling Fox News:

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“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools…Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?” “[W]e’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability — that we’re not just going to have be accountable to the police if they catch us, but one day we stand before, you know, a holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that.”

Of all the explanations, Huckabee’s view is the closet to the root cause in my view. It’s our culture. It’s spawned an epidemic of evil. No legislation, metal detectors or gun-bans will ever stop an individual bent on doing evil. A person who shoots his mother and 20 Kindergarten age children is evil.

Even more tragic than Friday’s school shooting is the fact that something very similar happens every week at Jane Bovard’s abortion facility in downtown Fargo. And that is an evil we could stop from the court sanctioned laws that legalized it. It’s the only hope we have to win a victory over evil. Take the outrage you felt today and multiply it weekly with the knowledge that kindergarten size class of innocent children are murdered very near where you live. Now, use the anger you feel to motivate you to take action. Before we are judged by our inaction.

Scott Hennen hosts a daily radio talk show from 11am to 2pm on AM 1100 “The Flag from Fargo, ND and WBKK AM 820 in Bemidji, Minn plus heard from 2 to 5pm on AM 1090 KTGO in Tioga/Williston, N.D. Listen at ScottHennen.com, join him on Facebook and Twitter too.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Aaron

    Huckabee wasn’t saying anything special, just more religious pandering and tragedy hijacking we’ve come to expect from that side of the aisle.

    Though I do find your opinion interesting. A belief in some higher power is necessary, though that higher power may not exist. We should lie to ourselves to protect ourselves from danger. Not sure I can agree with that.

    There are thousands of other religions capable of providing the high moral standards that you speak of, so why Christianity? Why not try something different, something effective? Or is this really another example of tragedy hijacking to achieve your own ends?

    • Neiman

      It is liberals that high jack tragedies for political ends.

      As I stated in my last reply to you this day, there is a direct correlation between liberals kicking God out of the public square and a host of evils, which I partially listed, which occurred immediately after than event. No one is asking you to lie to yourself, even though you are a fool not to know God exists; but, the evidence is simply overwhelming that these shootings and a host of evils that are epidemic in America, are a direct result of our failure to honor Natures God. That fear and honoring Him made us the most prosperous and powerful nation on earth, since we kicked Him out of America, we have been sliding into the sewer on all fronts.

      There is no evidence other than Judaism that any other religion offers any effective moral standards to restrain the evil impulses in man.

  • Aaron

    Your argument is that because the shooter was not a Christian, he killed a bunch of children. You could also contend that he was not Buddhist, Jewish, nor Atheist. Why is lack of belief in one religion being chosen as the cause of the problem, when there are thousands of other religions he didn’t follow?

    • Neiman

      Because the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and this nation from our founding, most people feared the Judgment of God and such things were incredibly rare, for most of our history non-existent. The turning point was 1962 when liberals on the Warren Court and then in Congress kicked God out of the Public Square. Immediately we had race riots, the drug culture exploded, the sexual revolution, assassinations, our first defeat in war, abortions shot up like a rocket, divorce rates soared and on and on I can list the increases of evil because there was no longer a fear of God and such mass killings are also a direct consequence of no longer honoring Nature’s God. To talk about other religions is a deliberate distraction.

  • Aaron

    Yeah, bad luck I suppose.

  • Aaron

    So why not just institute Buddhism into children’s daily lives? Forget about God and Jesus, and just focus on the value of life, the pursuit of the afterlife, and teach people to be moral and respectful? Surely, that would satisfy all of the problems?

    Oh, right. This isn’t about morals, life, or anything like that. It’s about indoctrinating as many people as possible in the name of your god. When you guys start getting serious, maybe people will take you seriously.

    • banjo kid

      It is not so much we indoctrinate people but we search according to the Word . Would it profit me if you became a saved person and accepted Christ as your personal savior ? The answer to that is no it would not here on this earth make me one thin dime. I seek not material wealth through declaring the simple plan of salvation I do it because I am commanded by my savior to do that to seek and to save that which is lost. What one does with that message is up to them they either reject it or they accept it. I am all for moral teaching and if you are satisfied with what you have then I can only present the plan of salvation to you and it is yours to accept or reject, but be careful you may make the wrong decision and you may not have another chance . who ever believes that Christ was born of a virgin and died and shed His blood to cover all sins past present and future and was raised the third day to be with the Father in heaven will not perish but have everlasting life. If you accept that call you still have command over your life , not me or any one else but you will answer to God. I care for your soul.

  • Aaron

    Abortion is here to stay. The only questions left are the specifics, such as when can it be performed, who is eligible, and procedural issues. There’s no chance of it being banned, as that would be extremely dangerous.