, Kingston, NH

Letters to the Editor

January 17, 2013

Gun Violence, Money, and Love!

These are three of the most important and powerful entities in today’s society.

When one thinks in terms of “Guns” and violence we automatically assume these are bad things, but are they really?

If it was not for guns and violence around 1776 we would still be paying homage to the Queen.

If it were not for guns and violence around 1860 the United States would be fragmented and slavery would still exist.

If not for guns and violence around 1944 a Hitler prototype would rule all of Europe.

So we can understand that guns and violence in the proper context is totally acceptable - but not in our classrooms!

Guns and violence have become a part of our American psyche. I remember once hearing the phrase,”violence is as American as grandma’s apple pie,”and like it or not that statement rings true.

Shakespeare once said, “If you hang a gun on the stage in Act I by Act III you will have to use it.” (So much for vigilantes in our classrooms).

Now let’s look at the “money” aspect.

In a capitalistic society (Money is the most important part of the best political/social system I am aware of) and money makes the whole process run.

It has always been about the money.

According to the author Howard Zinn, “Around 1776, some important people in the English colonies made a discovery that would prove enormously useful for the next 200 years. They found that by creating a nation, a symbol, a legal unity called United States, they could take over land, profits, and political power from the favorites of the English empire. In the process, they could hold back a number of potential rebellions and create a consensus of popular support for the rule of a new, privileged leadership.”From the rich lords of England to the nouveau riche of America, the money coagulates in the same hands.

When we look at the American Revolution this way, it was a work of genius, and the founding fathers deserve the proper awed tribute they have received over the centuries. They created the most effective system of monetary control devised in modern times.””Like I said before it has always been about the money and will always be about the money.

And now we come to “Love” (So, “What’s love got to do with it?”-- Tina Turner).

How do we go about curtailing all of violence running rampant in our society, more specifically in our classrooms?

I was recently a volunteer instructor in one of New Hampshire’s correctional institutions and in listening too many of the young men’s stories there was one common thread that seemed to flow throughout and it was a lack of caring/love.

It sounds simple but it’s really very complicated and love has many tenets. One of the largest tenets is respect for one’s self which blossoms out into society as respect for others.

It matters not if you come from a privileged white community or a socially and economically challenged black community, without love/caring and respect you will meet at the same cross roads of mental stress which can ignite violence.

Robert Grier



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