The Florida school shooting has brought out the best and worst of some people in America. Many people blamed the gun as if an AR-15 has legs and can walk around and shoot people on its own. The rest of the country’s citizens, primarily those with more common sense and logical thinking skills, have blamed the shooter for his actions. A combination of mental health issues paired with a traumatic home life that included adoption, watching a parent pass away in real time, and a combination of the other problems was an instant recipe for a school shooter.
Many people who blame the gun won’t ever truly solve the problem or prevent another shooting from occurring. Those who dig deeper into the issue will hopefully come up with ideas that help prevent school shootings by providing mental health services to those who need them the most.
All of this has sparked a full debate upon gun ownership, guns in general, and the topic of preventing school shootings. The National Rifle Association (NRA) was attacked by leftists and corporations, even though the NRA doesn’t sell weapons and is only responsible for uniting people who wish to protect the second amendment. Students have walked out of class gleefully, using the tragedy in Parkland, FL, as an excuse to cut class. Activists protest and hold events to ban or confiscate guns. And then there’s this guy! He’s the Wisconsin sheriff who wrote a Facebook post that identifies another problematic epidemic with the current generation that’s sweeping the nation with incidents of bad behavior from children. He points the finger right at the problem and some of you reading this might be offended when you realize that you could be part of the problem. Or you might already be part of the solution. Read his Facebook post and decide if you agree with it. His name is Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt and this is what he had to say about the truth of school shootings:
February Sheriff ColumnFollowing every mass killing, I ask myself, what has happened to our society? I also wonder…
Western Journal contributed more to the story about Sheriff Schmidt’s crucially important message:
“A Wisconsin sheriff sounded off on what he believes to be the “root cause” of mass shootings in the U.S., and called on parents to discipline their children more effectively.
Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt penned a Facebook post Thursday arguing that a major cause of mass shootings may be a radical culture shift that has occurred in the U.S. over the years — a culture shift caused by weak parenting.
“Following every mass killing, I ask myself, what has happened to our society?” Schmidt wrote. “I also wonder what the solution is to ensure our families do not become future victims.”
The Wisconsin sheriff pointed out how “years ago, people would go to school and have hunting rifles in their vehicles,” but “mass violence in schools and other locations did not happen as in society today.”
He added that there is a “root cause” fueling the drastic shift that has occurred over the years, and that “there is no quick and easy solution” to stop it.
“It’s my belief that the root cause starts with our youth lacking basic skills including respect for authority figures like parents and teachers, the ability to cope with conflict and the ability to handle rejection,” Schmidt stated.
Schmidt added that substance abuse and mental health problems are also a driving factor, but noted that “it is imperative that we raise our children in a manner that instills respect for authority.”
According to Schmidt, every child needs to face “disappointment” at some point in his or her life in order to build character and develop a basic understanding of how to handle adversity.
“While no one wants their child to ever be disappointed or upset, when they are young, they need to face conflict and disappointment and learn to resolve it appropriately under the guidance of adults,” the sheriff wrote.
He continued: “When youth are not taught how to handle difficult situations, they must find their own way to cope, which without guidance may result in unhealthy or even dangerous future behavior.”
Sheriff Schmidt nailed it. Today’s generation is being babied by weak parents who want to be “friends” with their children. They’re coddling them, giving them rewards for everything, spoiling them, and entitling the children to think they can do whatever they want. This isn’t true for all parents, but there’s a staggeringly high number of parents who just don’t know what they’re doing, and they’re mostly part of the reason their kids could turn out to be unsuccessful or probably become liberals.
When children don’t face defeat or challenges, then nothing pushes them to be better. When children don’t have rules at home, then they won’t act right at school. When parents give their kids everything and allow them to run the house, then their kids will probably end up in jail or worse – they’ll become liberal arts majors begging for $15 an hour after they graduate from an expensive college with no real world skills or knowledge. It’s important for parents to be firm, but fair, and allow kids to learn how to be defeated, allow them to fail, and teach them to be resilient adolescents who grow up sharp and ready to go into the real world.
Parents need to be firm, set the rules of the house, and teach their children to grow into responsible adults who make intelligent decisions with their life. When adults do this, then their children often turn out much better. Of course, some kids are still a pain in you know what, but that’s just part of growing up, and they learn from their hardworking parents who remember to be their parent and not their friend.
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BREAKING: U.S. State Of EMERGENCY Just Declared – Soldiers Deployed To Area
In a shocking sudden move, a state of emergency has just been declared in the heart of the country as soldiers have been deployed and are on their way to the area. The threat is to such a degree that people will die if they don’t follow urgent orders, which in part, demands citizens go on immediate lockdown in their homes. Declaring a state of emergency is not an announcement made hastily or without warrant and there’s a good reason this decision was made an is absolutely necessary.
For the second time in two months, the State of New Jersey are being locked in as a matter of life and death. On January 5, people in four counties were ordered to stay inside after New Jersy’s Governor Chris Christie demanded everyone to do three things. At the time, if any one of these demands is not taken seriously if could definitely cost someone their life. Now, exactly eight weeks later, a second state of emergency has been declared for New Jersey as well as other nearby areas.
Fox News reports:
A large storm system that’s brought a wintry mix across the Midwest is set to slam the Northeast on Wednesday as some people still remain without power from last week’s storm.
The National Weather Service said the storm is going to transition into a nor’easter as it moves off the East Coast, bringing between 6 to 12 inches of snow across much of the region. Winter Storm Warnings have been posted stretching from Philadelphia to the Boston-area, with areas north and west of the Interstate 95 corridor expected to see the greatest amount of snow.
“Areas south and east of the big cities will see less snow and more of a mixing which will cut back on snow totals,” Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said Tuesday “The heaviest snow will start late-morning through the afternoon Wednesday and into the dinnertime hour.”
The nor’easter will also bring winds gusting between 40 and 50 mph, bringing the threat of power outages to an area still cleaning up from the powerful storm last week.
“Not good news for folks who are still without power from this past weekend’s storm,” Dean said.
Declaring a state of emergency was an important move for more than just the safety of the citizens. By making it official, it also grants a state the ability to qualify for federal funds that can be used for immediate response and recovery. New Jersey is definitely going to need the help they can get considering that the first storm, appropriately dubbed “Bomb Cyclone,” left a devastating mark with a freezing hurricane effect that hasn’t been seen in decades. Recovery is not even completed yet and is about to get hit with another major setback from a second cyclone.
Fox News explains:
That storm knocked out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses, flooded coastal towns and forced a number of school districts to cancel classes. It was blamed for nine deaths from Virginia to Massachusetts.
More than 90,000 utility customers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are still without power, according to FOX 29.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for the Garden State effective 8 p.m. Tuesday ahead of the storm.
“It’s expected to hit us tonight through tomorrow, bringing wet, heavy snow,” he said during a news conference.
The governor told people not to “panic,” but said they should use “extreme caution” if traveling on state roads.
The storm system moving across the Midwest snarled traffic and closed schools on Monday as it brought freezing rain, heavy snow and strong winds to the region.
“State emergency management officials have the power to redirect traffic or close roads to protect public safety, according to state law. Local, county and state authorities can close roads or cut off access to shopping centers or business plazas if conditions become dangerous,” NJ.com continued. “The governor may declare government offices closed, but he cannot compel individual private businesses to shut down operations. An emergency declaration doesn’t mean motorists will be ticketed for merely being on the roads.”
America has seen more than our fair share of natural disasters this year from multiple hurricanes that his Florida and Texas, where they are still recovering from it in Houston, and even a magnitude 4 earthquake just this week in California – the epicenter of which was in Berkely.
The one thing different than previous years and disasters is that we have a president and first lady who show up to help immediately after and even come back later and prove that the victims are not forgotten. We saw this most recently in Texas with First Lady Melania Trump coming back to Houston during the holidays to help months after the storm swept the state. Now, we’ll undoubtedly see this same effort of compassion for the eastern part of the United States being pummeled by exceptionally freezing temperatures and snow right now.
Couple struggling with infertility finds out they’re pregnant with lots of little Valentines
The joy of family is something that cannot be measured
The joy of family is something that cannot be measured, and if you want a family but can’t have one, the weight of that is crushing. The statistics vary, but it’s estimated that anywhere from 10-25% of women in the United States are either completely infertile or have a very difficult time conceiving a child. The emotional and physical toll of going through infertility is a devastating blow and even breaks up what were formally strong couples.
This was the struggle that Kayla and Kenny faced. They had been married about five and a half years when they decided they wanted to start a family. Even though Kayla was still in school, she knew she wanted to be a mother, and that she could do both. Being one of 6 children herself, family was both familiar and very important to her. What she didn’t expect was to not be able to get pregnant.
After months of trying and praying, she went to the doctor and found that she had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which makes it very difficult for some people to get pregnant. Kayla was devastated, but decided to continue and do whatever she could to conceive a child. Love What Matters posted Kayla and Kenny’s journey through heartbreak and what ended up being the best Valentines Day they could have hoped for:
“I started taking some medicine to help with my situation and it ended up working after about eight months or so of trying. I found out I was pregnant. I was in complete shock! I remember taking what felt like a million tests because I just couldn’t believe it.
I remember getting the phone call and not being able to speak to the lady who called because I was crying so bad that I couldn’t catch my breath. When I could finally get something out… I just remember asking, ‘Are you sure? Could this be wrong?’ And she just had to tell me no, I had definitely miscarried. It was heartbreaking in every way. I can’t explain the emotions I felt that day and the emotions I still feel to this day thinking of the loss of my sweet baby. There is literally no way to describe that kind of pain and unless you’ve been through it yourself, you really just don’t have a clue.”
Kayla was ready to give up, she wanted a family, but not the pain and suffering that she was going through. Thankfully, the couple didn’t give up, because God had big plans for them:
“I was tired of all the medicine. I was tired of all the doctor appointments and I was tired of seeing all the negative pregnancy tests. I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere, so I just quit taking my medicine altogether and put it on the back burner. I was discouraged. I was hurt. I felt like God had forgotten about me.
I remember going to church and it being hard for me to worship. It was hard for me to listen to the sermons because I had so much bitterness in my heart. Not only from not being able to get pregnant but also never being able to meet the baby I had. I was not in a good place.
Months went by and it seemed like everyone was pregnant. Every time I got on social media it seemed like someone else was pregnant. Everywhere I went I felt like I saw a million pregnant women and it hurt bad. I was just in a state of depression with very little hope. More time went by and Kenny got serious and told me we needed to start trying again. We decided to go to a fertility specialist. We started new medicine and had to go very often for blood work and different tests. It was exhausting, but we knew it would be worth it.
After a year of different medicines, a million tests, getting stuck every week, ultrasounds, driving an hour there and an hour back two to three times a week, leaving the house at 5 a.m. so I could make it there in time to get back to work without having to make up time or take sick days, and one failed attempt, we finally got some good news.
Kenny went with me to every appointment and was there for me constantly for any support I needed. It meant more to me than he will ever know. We arrived at the doctor’s office and got the news we had been desperately praying for. I was pregnant! We were so excited but I was scared to death not knowing what might happen.
We went in for our first ultrasound when I was six weeks. We were nervous but more excited than anything. I remember laying there scared to death just ready to see a baby. Well, let me just tell you… I did not just see a baby. Didn’t just see two babies. Not even three. But we saw four babies on that screen. Yes, four!
God gave us a baby for every year of infertility that we experienced. He blessed us exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ask or think. They’re growing and are doing so well.
I wouldn’t wish infertility on my worst enemy… but when you have a support system like ours, it makes it easier. I want to say to any woman out there who has experienced a miscarriage or infertility, please don’t lose hope. I know it’s hard and I know we may not end up with the same story, but I know our God is the same. Keep your head up, even when it feels like everything is coming against you.
P.S. –I have five Valentines!”
Proof positive that God will make a way, even when there is no way.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. –Isaiah 55:8-9
Teen Boy Died 8 Times In Hospital Wakes Up After Hearing Fathers SHOCKING Bedside Confession
A teenager with his entire life ahead of him found themselves in that heartbreaking position
As a parent, you hope that you’ll be able to shield your kids from as much pain and suffering as possible. We consider it to be our jobs to act as a buffer between the really bad stuff, and the kids that we would give our lives for.
Unfortunately, we can’t shield them from everything. We can’t bubble wrap them, and we can’t keep all the pain in the world away. No matter how hard we try, the icy finger of death sometimes reaches for our loved ones, and all we can do is pray for a miracle.
The parents of Brian Boyle, a teenager with his entire life ahead of him found themselves in that heartbreaking position after their son was slammed into by a truck and was in the hospital fighting for his life Little Things tells the miraculous story of his death, and what brought him back to life again:
“Brian Boyle was an athletic and handsome teenager, gearing up for college. But on July 6, 2004, everything changed in an instant.
At 18 years old, Brian was on his way home from swim practice in Maryland when a speeding truck slammed into his car.
The horrific accident happened just weeks after Brian’s high school graduation. His heart was ripped across his chest. His organs were damaged. His ribs had shattered. His clavicle was broken, and he lost 60% of his blood.
Brian was in a coma for two months at the hospital — during which he died eight times.
He underwent 14 major operations, 36 blood transfusions, and 13 plasma treatments. Still, doctors prepared the Boyle family for the worst. Even if he did survive, they didn’t think he’d ever walk again.
Brian’s parents, Garth and JoAnne, were tormented by the sight of their son’s suffering. They gathered all the strength they could by praying and remaining each other’s support system.
There came a point when Garth sensed Brian, his only son, was ready to give up.
So, during Garth’s next hospital visit, he decided to give Brian a little ‘pep talk,’ as he called it. While sitting by his bedside, Garth leaned over and told Brian he was the only thing he and JoAnne had; he was the light of their lives, and they needed him.
Then came the miracle.
Brian woke up. His breathing tubes were removed. And when he was finally able to talk again, he said it was father’s bedside pep talk that ultimately spurred his incredible comeback.
Brian was determined to put himself back together with a renewed spirit.”
When you’re hands are tied, and your back is against the wall, sometimes all you can do is speak the truth in love. That’s what Brian’s dad did, and the results were amazing. Who knows what Garth had on his mind that day, he probably never dreamed that his words would bring his baby boy back to consciousness, but it did.
Words have power, they always have and they always will. Especially those that carry with them the message of love. It costs you nothing to speak love and kindness into the lives of those around you. Remember that it might be more powerful than you think.
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