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

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.

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