By CHRISTINA M. CURRIE
Daily Press writer
Grandparents talk longingly about the "good ole days," a recollection that is usually met with rolled eyes, sighs and a silent, "get with the times."
But, in the face of the violence of this generation, many would embrace the good ole days with open arms.
I would exchange a Pentium 4 processor for the knowledge that my children are safe when they go to school, walk down the street or play in the park. I'd even kick in 84 television channels and pay-per-view for that peace of mind.
Granted, the days of yesteryear were not without violence. There have been more, and larger, wars in the past 100 years than in the past 20 and there was a vigilante style of justice that didn't discriminate between the guilty and the innocent.
But now, the violence endorsed by adults has infected our children, which is not surprising given the violent world they've been reared to accept.
From television (fact or fiction) to video games, children are surrounded by and impregnated with visions of violence every day.
Violence begets violence.
Parents, knowingly or not, encourage it through threats of violence or violent actions themselves.
Some even broadcast it. There are several cars in Moffat County, which have a sticker affixed to their bumper that reads "my kid could beat up your honor student."
Not only is that a violent sentiment in itself, it erodes the confidence that should be instilled in those students who choose to achieve scholastically. Instead of encouraging their children to work hard and earn a bumper sticker that proclaims their scholastic capabilities, the parents who drive around with that bold statement on their cars not only demonstrate their lack of educational values (feelings that are obviously passed on to their children), they encourage their children to turn toward violence to put them on equal footing with the students who may be earning better grades.
It's a sick message to send, let alone be passed along by adults, to whom children look to for direction.
Today, we live in a nation where teens come to school with guns and shoot their peers and teachers. Today, we live in a nation where teens log on to the Internet to learn how to build a bomb and use that knowledge to threaten their schools. Today, we live in a nation where teens use paintball guns to attack children and animals and record it on video because they think their actions are worth an award.
I'd trade it all for the good ole days. I'd walk to work everyday. In the snow. Uphill even.
I'd do it just to save another child from the terror of seeing a gun, ready to fire, pointed at them. I'd trade it all just so one more child doesn't have to hear the shots, feel the pain ... leave this world be for he's had a chance to change it.
Terrorism isn't the biggest threat to America. It's the violence that's perpetrated from within. And, until America finds a solution to the violence within its borders, Osama bin Laden can sit back and relax.
America will destroy itself.