Fear Runs Deep

I have written about this previously, but it warrants another look in view of the Boston terror tragedy.

In May 1927, 38 children and 6 adults were killed, 58 others injured in the Bath Township Michigan, elementary school bombing. It was the first such attack, and was carried out by a local man who crashed over the mental edge. Apparently no news media folks have done their due diligence. It is never mentioned, yet remains the worst school tragedy in American history.

In more recent years, we can point to Oklahoma City, Columbine, Arora, Virginia Tech, Newtown, and now, Boston. All of these instances were perpetrated by a person or persons who dropped over the mental edge of reason, although there is no firm information regarding Boston just yet.

Could we have stopped them? In my opinion, likely not.

None of us can understand, with any clarity, the pain suffered in the loss of a child unless experienced. Perhaps it is the singular most difficult emotional trauma to which a parent can be subjected.

Slowly, as these horrendous incidents occur, fear causes us to change the way we do things in America. Fifty years ago, as a young father, my children bounded out the front door and walked the few blocks to school. My grandchildren could not. As a child, I ran headlong across half dozen back yards to the home of a friend, without fear of being nabbed by some crazy.

Time has changed much. I hope Americans use the common sense of reason, rather than emotion, before we promote a long list of legislative changes that will not stop a deranged person from doing their worst.