Panic and Statism in Butler County: Shooting at Madison High School

Not that it’s a massive government conspiracy, but such tragedies do play a role in the desire of all government workers to expand their influence with inflated drama in times of crises.  The shooting at Madison Junior/Senior High School in Ohio—virtually in my backyard, is just such an example—which was a very minor incident that garnered national press.  Here is how USA Today reported the issue.

Four students were injured and a 14-year-old boy was in custody Monday following a shooting at a high school in Butler County, Ohio, authorities said.

Madison Junior/Senior High School remained in lockdown for a short while, but all students were safe, the school said in a statement on its Facebook page. None of the injuries was life-threatening, the statement said.

Two students were struck by gunshots and two were injured by either shrapnel or while trying to get out-of-the-way, Butler County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer said. The shooting took place in the school’s cafeteria.

All schools in the district in Butler County’s Madison Township were placed on lockdown, which was lifted shortly after 12:45 p.m. Roads to the school quickly backed up with parents and relatives trying to get to the school to pick up students.

Bob Hollister, of Trenton, whose grandson attends the school, said he had been sitting in his daughter’s van for about 45 minutes when the lockdown was lifted. He has another grandchild in grade school. He described the morning as “chaotic.”

When he first arrived, Hollister said he saw police with shotguns and assault rifles.

Seriously, assault weapons—school lockdowns, and general crises and mayhem—over essentially a couple of kids having a fight?  Sure a gun was involved, but it was a relatively harmless conflict that could have been resolved quickly and without so much fanfare.  The kids weren’t killed and the shooter had much more systemic problems to deal with which provoked him to resort to a firearm to inflict harm that all the adults around him obviously missed and didn’t take the time to diffuse leaving all the public officials running around patting themselves on the back for being nearby and making much more of the incident to garner more national attention.  Honestly, the case should have been diffused in the media as it was within moments with the on-site cop.  The threat neutralized—which it was.  And that should have been the end of it.  Everyone should have stayed in class.  All the schools should have remained open.  Sheriff Jones shouldn’t have even been on the radio talking about the issue with Bill Cunningham on 700 WLW dramatizing the issue like it was the end of the world.  Everyone wanted to be a hero as the situation was clearly blown up to make it part of a national effort by progressives to demonize guns and install fear into the weak.

Just a few days earlier I was doing some shooting with some people who don’t spend much time around guns.  I was displaying my Cowboy Fast Draw set-up and how the wax bullets work in target shooting and everyone wanted to know if the gun was real.  When I explained that the .45 Vaquero that I was using was in fact a real gun that would feed real bullets in its current form a slight fear washed over the observers.  That fear was totally unfounded, but was put there by a media culture that has taken issues like this Madison Junior/Senior High School shooting and blown them out of proportion to inflict negative opinion against firearms for the progressive aims of banning them.  Every little issue where shootings come up is highlighted to drive the point home and feed that fear into people not privy to their frequent use.  This shooting at Madison was so small it shouldn’t have been reported outside of the immediate media market—because it was essentially a non story—a dispute among teenagers. But because it happened in a public school and the public police force needed to justify themselves—much more was made of the issue for the benefit of marketing government services to the public at the expense of Second Amendment freedom.

The fault of the issue is in the parents who obviously did not have control of their child and allowed the kid to think it was OK to take a gun to school and shoot some other kids.  Somewhere the parenting broke down to allow the incident to occur, and that is the root cause of the tragedy. But since government has for many years designed their public school system to triumph over parenting leaving neither party to do the job very well—as parents now defer the responsibility to the schools and schools when something like this goes wrong on their watch defer to the parents—kids are raised by media to copy off movies, music, video games, and every panic driven estrogen laced diatribe on the nightly news.  There is no mystery why this 14-year-old shot some kids at a school—it’s because he had terrible parents—and the school fostering peer pressure incessantly missed the opportunity to let some steam off the situation before something like this happened.

Parents of the Middletown School system were even more embarrassing.  Many showed up to rescue their children from the clutches of danger imprinting on the minds of the youth forever the anxiety of that tragic day on a leap year February.  What they should have done was explained to their children that there was nothing to fear, the situation was solved within minutes of the shooting.  But the parents were guilty themselves of making too much of the situation because they wanted to go back to their offices and bloviate how their children were involved in a mass school shooting so that they could garner some sympathy and secret need for attention.  The parents behaved abysmally.

Everyone abused the situation without diagnosing the cause of the quandary.  Instead the situation was perpetuated for the furtherance of statism in all its grotesque forms seeking to profit off the misery of a diabolical tragedy.  At the conclusion of the news cycle on the story guns were made to be feared even more, acceptance of more police presence in our lives made more fashionable, and schools had a chance to show themselves as the umbrellas of safety and decision herding around a bunch of panicky ill-equipped parents under the authority of the “state.”  And the forces of government expansion had a field day exposing the misery of a small town school and a fight between a few teenagers for the furtherance of statism through a gradual decline of the American love of firearms.  The whole scene showed why most people just aren’t intellectually equipped to manage a constitutional republic—and that is the fault of our public education system.

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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