some thoughts on the school stabbing in Pennsylvania this morning. I'm not going to post a link because every goddamned one I tried locked up my fucking browser. fuck all you fucking "news" sites and all your shit javascript, subscription popups, and ads.

now, back to the stabbing. thanks to the people who actually did something: pulling the fire alarm, stanching the bleeding of your fellow student, tackling the stabber, calling the ambulance. not that I'm blaming the majority who ran around in a panic. you were trained to be sheep, and with a wolf present and no shepherd nearby you do what sheep can be expected to do.

this is what must change. no amount of laws controlling weapons could have prevented this. if he hadn't had a knife he'd have sharpened a screwdriver. on the contrary, if enough students had been legally armed, this would have been nipped in the bud early, had the stabber even attempted it at all.

we need to stop being a nation of sheep. public schools aren't all bad. I got a pretty good education from mine back in the 60s and early 70s in Maine. but some more useful skills need to be taught, like situational awareness and self-defense. and perhaps most importantly, young people need to be assured that each one of them means something as an individual and not just as a cog in the machine. a society of sovereigns is hard to handle, yes. but there really is no workable substitute.

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