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1951, 01 Mar 18

Dodge County Sheriff Opines on Root Cause of Mass Violence


I think perhaps we are not evaluating the true root cause which is obviously very complex. We must make efforts to change our society as a whole. 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. Further issues like mental health and alcohol/drug use also play a role, but column length restrictions limit my ability to cover all aspects of the root cause today.

I believe it is imperative that we raise our children in a manner that instills respect for authority. While we all love our children, we need to get back to a society of parents who expect a level of respect toward both them and others in authority, including teachers.  Discipline needs to be reintegrated into our society.  Parents, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t or shouldn’t reasonably discipline your child in a non-abusive manner. Teachers need to have the support of parents when they make disciplinary decisions and parents need to resist the urge of running to the defense of their children when a teacher feels the need to discipline.  It undermines their authority and will likely be treated as an example for actions toward others in authority in the future.

What about inability to cope or handle rejection?  For years we have watched as competition has been replaced by participation awards that are given to make children feel good.  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.  It is part of developing their personality and dealing with conflict in the future.  When youth are not taught how to handle difficult situations, they must find their own way to cope, which without guidance may be result in unhealthy or even dangerous future behavior.  I am no expert and am merely giving an opinion of what I have seen in my own experience, but I feel that my opinions have merit as I have witnessed people dealing with difficult situations at the worst times of their lives.


1951, 01 March 2018


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    The sad part is: leftists find this “controversial”.   That is the moral decadence the infects the left.

  2. billphoto

    I have read several places that the Parkland shooter had one thing in common with many others; no father!  Makes sense with the thought put forward by the Dodge County Sheriff.

  3. jjf

    It’s my belief that the root cause starts with our youth lacking basic skills including respect for authority figures like parents and teachers, 

    And he offered no evidence of this. Same for “discipline.”  Is that code?  Does he mean beatings? Why would “respect for authority” stop a shooter?

  4. dad29

    Why sure, JJ.  Look at the Sheriff’s kids, all black-and-blue, cowering in a corner at the sound of his voice.  Beatings!!  Nightly!!

    Do you work at being a jackwad, or does it come naturally?

  5. billphoto

    To some the truth is obvious.  To some, it will never be.

  6. jjf

    Sorry, Dad29, didn’t mean to trigger you. These “O tempora o mores” rants sprout like mushrooms after rain, except they come after the “thoughts and prayers for the victims.”

    Maybe it was other social media platforms leaking over here for me.  On other places like the Facebook, my conservative friends and family were all wishing for the golden age of paddles and prayer in school rooms as a cure for school shootings. After all, they turned out right, didn’t they?

    Again, tell me if you think “discipline” includes corporal punishment at home and at school. Again, why would respecting his auth-or-it-tay stop a shooter?

    Why don’t we get to weigh and consider the shooters and criminals who had plenty of discipline and/or beatings? Why didn’t it for for them?

    As for jackwaddery, on the contrary, I think I’m rather polite.  No name-calling, no bullying.  (Compare and contrast to Mr. S-O-C-K-S, for example.)

  7. Paul

    At least you don’t throw out the k-word, sock.

  8. jjf

    K word?

  9. Paul

    Eso si que es.

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