Skip to comments.Time for the sun to set on the Culture of Sheep
Posted on 05/15/2007 7:13:41 AM PDT by bamahead
My first memory of encountering the anti-self defense culture, which I call the culture of sheep, was a cold morning in January 1975. I was in the sixth grade and was riding the school bus. Suddenly, another student sitting in the seat ahead of me turned and began striking me. This was completely unprovoked. Naturally I struck back in defense. The bus driver separated us and drove on to Holmes school. Before I knew it I was before Principal Will Allen. Also standing there was Mark, the kid who started the fight.
Allen asked what happened, and Mark told a tale that was strewn with as many lies as Bill Clinton used in his I did not have sex with that woman lecture. Will Allen then turned to me for my version of what happened. I told him I was sitting there talking with my friend Tom Gray and suddenly I was being pummeled by Mark. I did nothing to provoke him and had said nothing to him.
Now, Mark was a behavior problem who did things like this frequently. I had a clean slate and had not gotten a swat since Kindergarten. So Will Allen believed me. However, since I had defended myself, I was in trouble too. We were both offered the choice of swats or having to stay indoors during recess for two weeks. I was flustered.
Why am I being punished? I asked.
Because you fought back, I was told.
I was stunned and disgusted in the same instant. Though I did not realize it in these terms, it was my first memory that I and the other students were being conditioned to be victims - to accept the idiotic culture of sheep. If attacked, submit and hope for the best. This is concept is unnatural to humans; it certainly goes against the grain of my instincts.
Just how this cower, cringe and hide in the face of danger concept ever caught on is beyond me. I reject that early conditioning the liberal public schools tried to thrust upon me. Ever since that injustice the anti-self defense culture, the culture of sheep, has left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Their philosophy is not only unjust, it is down right stupid and deadly.
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Since the tragedy of Virginia Tech in April, the sheep have been demanding new gun control laws. While they have been bleating for more of the failed policies of the past, many of us at BuckeyeFirearms.org have written about how the solution is not more gun control, but more guns in the right hands could have stopped this. We have written about the fallacy of blocking the ability of the law abiding to defend themselves. After all, in our view Virginia Techs tragedy was magnified by the ridiculous stance that Virginia Tech and other schools in Virginia have taken by blocking their students and faculty from carrying arms for defense. Under Virginia law they can, but the schools have rules threatening to fire faculty and expel students caught carrying arms. So they were rendered defenseless.
The anti-gun left has argued that if the students had been armed that it could have been worse. They say had a student pulled their own gun that they might have missed Cho and hit someone else. A rather silly point to make when we know everyone in the room gets killed in the end
They then tell us that even if armed it was unlikely anyone would have acted. After all, who would be crazy enough to draw a weapon against someone who already had the drop on you? No one would do that, they tell us History shows that the antis blow that argument too. Yesterday I happened to be listening to the Neal Boortz radio show and heard about something I had not caught at the time of the incident, probably because the news media did its best to ignore the following very interesting story about a student fighting back.
On March 21, 2005, Jeff Weise went to the Red Lake Senior High School in Northern Minnesota. He was decked out in Columbine copycat garb: black trench coat and combat boots. He had spiked his hair and was armed with a .40 caliber Glock pistol, a .22 pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun. He bypassed passive security measures, which included a metal detector, video cameras, and even the vaunted "no-guns" signs, all of which were installed with promises of "protection".
Earlier in the day this twisted punk had killed his police officer grandfather and his grandfathers girlfriend. He then stole his grandfathers guns and patrol car, using the car to drive to the school. Weises rampage lasted a little over ten minutes. He shot and killed eight people. He wounded seven others. That is what the press told us at the time and little else. Strangely, this incident did not get the wall to wall coverage that Columbine got in the press. This was after all the next-largest slaughter in an American school at the time.
Now I think we may know why the media did not make a big thing of what happened. You see, someone in the classroom fought back. We are not supposed to do that, and to talk about self-defense would be poor form. They probably did not want to encourage anyone to think we should fight back in such situations, after all someone else might get hurt What other reason can there be for ignoring the story of fifteen year-old Jeff May?
You see, Jeff May was working on an algebra problem when Jeff Weise came into the school shooting. The first victim was an unarmed security guard manning a metal detector. Derrick Brun was shot dead on the spot. It might have ended there, had he been armed. We will never know. But making sure he was unarmed was a recipe for disaster.
When Weise blew out the window next to the door of the classroom May was in, he leaned into the room and shot 62 year-old English teacher Mrs. Rodgers, who had cried out to God to help them. He then asked if anyone else in the room believed in God and began shooting the students. Jeff May, armed only with a #2 pencil, charged Weise and stabbed him in the side with his pencil. Sadly the pencil was deflected as Weise was wearing his dead grandfathers body armor. The two boys fought on the floor. As they struggled Weise managed to turn and fire his pistol into Mays face. The bullet entered his right cheek fracturing Mays jaw and lodging in his neck, near the spine.
The surviving students estimated that May had tied up Weise long enough in that struggle to have saved the other dozen students in the room, as police officers were now arriving at the school. Four police officers now engaged Weise in a gun battle striking him several times. Weise then shot himself in the head, ending the incident.
Jeff May spent months in the hospital recovering from his wounds. The young man is a hero. He saved lives and only now is his story getting much play. I thank Readers Digest and Neal Boortz for turning the spotlight on this story and getting the truth out. Pity he only had a pencil to defend his class.
Sadly, this story and how the press did not give it full coverage is not unique.
In 1997 in Pearl, Mississippi, a 10th grader named Luke Woodham killed his mother and then went to school with the family 30-30 deer rifle. He shot nine fellow students. Woodham was stopped by Vice Principal Joel Myrick. Myrick had armed himself with his Colt .45 pistol. However Myrick had to run to his car off campus to get his pistol. Why? Because Myrick was complying with misguided laws concerning guns near schools, so he had to run a good distance to his car and back to the school. That time spent running to get his gun cost lives. He stopped Woodham long before the police arrived. Columbine people remember. Bring this up and they will give you a puzzled look.
Telling this story will get the same reaction: On January 16, 2002 Peter Odighizuwa, a failing student at the Appalachian School of Law, decided to go on a killing spree. After talking with a Professor Rubin, he then went to the offices of Dean Antony Sutin and Professor Thomas Blackwell and shot them at point blank range with a .380 pistol. He then shot and killed Angela Dales and wounded three other people. Two students elsewhere on campus heard the shots and responded with their own personal firearms. Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross, armed with their own handguns, subdued Odighizuwa until the police arrived. They stopped his rampage with privately owned pistols.
These stories, and others like them, received scant press attention. Self defense and the positive use of firearms is usually ignored by the national news media. Just listening to the press since April 16th, it is not difficult to see the obvious bias against private gun ownership as well as their delight in vilifying the NRA. I have news for them, the NRA is not just a handful of lobbyists. It is made up of five million of their fellow citizens. The NRA membership dwarfs all the anti-gun groups put together. Researchers estimate over two million defensive gun uses a year. Again, ignored. So with their deep ingrained bias they often ignore positive stories about private self-defense that do not fit their mental template of how things should be, truly a malpractice of their duty as the objective fifth estate.
It is time to get over irrational fears of inanimate objects and allow those who are willing to be the first line of defense not only for themselves, but also be there to help protect others from the sociopaths among us. Ohio has had Concealed Carry since 2004 and it has been a model of success. It is time to do away with all the "no guns" zones and allow us to be safe everywhere. It is time to end the rule of the culture of sheep. After all we were born men and women - not wool bearing animals.
Tim Inwood is the current Legislative Liaison and Past President of the Clinton County Farmers and Sportsmen Association, an Endowment Member of the NRA, Life Member of OGCA, and a volunteer for Buckeye Firearms Association.
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So, under the school's idiotic no-tolerance policy on fighting, he was suspended, right? /sarc, but barely...
BTW, that Jeff May kid really is a hero! That high schooler has more guts in his little finger than you’d find in an entire Million Moron March or Democra# National Convention, excluding the few exceptions such as Gov. Stickland (pro-2nd D-OH) in Ohio...
It is past due time to do away with those in power who would force us to be sheep. With extreme sanction if they won't leave quietly.
In an era when terrorists can strike anywhere at any time, this is no time to be disarmed.
My nine year old daughter was elbowed in the chest by a boy because he was angry at me.
When we went to the pastor about it, he disregarded it and took it for fact that my daughter had hit first.
One brave lady told him that if my daughter hit anyone, she was the Queen of England. (thank God for this lady) The pastor was taken aback but has done nothing about the kid.
Just like the article, the kid has a rap sheet a mile long.
I talked to my niece who is a Police Officer. She will teach my girls some moves to defend themselves. Until then, we are out of all church activities.
And my girls are getting pepper spray.
When did we become sheep?
Thanks and bump
I wish they would stop trying to be 'fair and balanced' and just be openly conservative and the hell with what the other news outlets say. The liberal media is going to call them names anyway (unless the just run completley liberal)
Their ratings would soar
Let me give you a psychic reading on your pastor.
He cuts this problem kid slack because of his history/family situation and believes that if the church can just love him enough where he is, he will come to Jesus and so the rest of church has got to put up with this kid’s behavior until then?
Co-dependant pastor, unable to distinquish between sheep and goats, sacrifices the gentle lambs (good kids) in a desparate and pointless quest to save a goat. Your pastor is not doing the kid any favors by ignoring his behavior, he’s merely reaffirming the kid’s belief that no one really cares what he does (and thus noone really cares about him). And Christians are all saps and hypocrites.
You’re probably right.
I had a similar discussion with my kids when they going to school. One son asked me if I would punish him if he got into a fight at school. I told him that I did not want him to get into a fight at school. I told him that even if he fought back, and he was right, he would get into trouble from the school authorities. Then I told him that under no circumstances did I ever want him to stand there and let someone punch and slap him. I told him, basically, to kick their ass. If he was right, I would support him. I asked him if he understood what I was trying to tell him, and he did!
What do you mean "we"? ;^)
Reminds me of my school days at the start. Add insult to injury, the person defending themselves gets the severe punishment, the instigator gets off with a slap on the hand if that much.
You said it. Had a similar situation as in the article happen to me in 3rd grade. Got pushed around, fought back. Kid was no stranger to the administrators, yet I had a clean record.
We both got the same sentence...1 week of detention. They put us in the same room, and as I recall he didn’t even show up for it on the last day, but there was apparently no repercussion for that.
2 weeks after our punishment was over, he knocked a girl’s front teeth out during recess. A GIRL.
They sent him packing to alternative school after that one.
The 1960s. The Peace and Love Generation - remember them?
Yeah. They’re why. Up until then, parents taught their kids to stand up for what they believed in, up to and including fighting back when attacked.
Now, you’re only supposed to stand up for what you believe in if it is something popular in the media and you should never fight back because violence is always wrong. /sarc
Schools are war zones for some children..There are so many bad people out there that we have to watch everything that happens to our children..I would never let my child stand and take something from a bully that was raised by a liberal idiot..you are right but my advice is to have a lawyer on hand because you and I both know that a liberal will try and sue anyone just for a few bucks.
When my kid was being picked on by a bully at school I was told this very thing by his assistant principal. "The school policy is that the one fighting back gets the same punishment as the one who started it. Students are supposed to (I sh** you not she said this) roll up in a ball and take it until a teacher shows up."
"What if he has a knife?" I asked.
"Oh all weapons are banned in school." replied Assistant Principal Nitwit.
"What if the bully ignores your ban?" I asked.
"We deal with that most severely."
"What is severe?" I asked.
"He could be expelled." She smiled as she said this.
"So let me get this straight. You expect my son to roll up in a ball and get pounded on at a minimum and quite possibly murdered at the maximum and if he defends himself in any way you'll punish him just like you did the one who started the violence. Do I have your stupid little policy right? Have I missed anything?"
She looked very uncomfortable for a moment and said "Well I admit it may not seem to make sense, but we have to treat every one equally or we could get sued."
"Well let me tell you our policy on violence madame. My son has been instructed to run away if it's possible and find an adult. If that's not possible he is to do everything in his power to defend himself from a violent attacker and that includes him using violence. And if you think for even a split second about punishing my kid for defending himself from a bully I guarantee you'll find yourself in Court from that day until the day you retire."
I continued: "Not only will I sue the School District, I'll sue you personally for depriving my child of his civil rights. I'll see you stripped of your indemnity and have every dime of the judgement I win come out of any future salary you manage to scrape up flipping burgers and you can kiss your fat taxpayer financed pension good bye as well. Now you stop the bullying before my son is forced to use the Tae Kwan Do skills I spent a considerable amount of time and money having him learn."
"Do we understand each other Madame Asst. Principal?"
She managed to squeak out a "Yes."
I bid her a good day and left.
Don’t get excited.
Some sick people in positions of power in this country.
Future historians will refer to our times as "The Crazy Years".
Actually, you have him right down. Except he had a great home life in Slovakia (I love his mom and dad) but does cut slack to anyone that has problems. This family has a dad that needs mental help and a mom that is at the end of her rope. Ignoring this kid is not going to help their situation.
However not all Christians are saps. They forget that Jesus put a limit on abuse (turn the other cheek 70 X 7 is not always) and that Jesus never said set yourself up to get smacked. That’s the kind of Christian I am.
>>What do you mean “we”? ;^)<<
You are my hero!
There were a couple of dozen of them complaining about low wages and then there was me.
My little sign said:
"Average Teacher Salary: $67,000."
"Average County Resident Salary: $52,000."
The reverse side said: "Teachers Greed Deprives Your Kids Of An Education. CALL XXX-XXXX TO HAVE STRIKERS FIRED."
In less than 10 minutes I had no fewer than 5 cops guarding me and my lonely little sign against the foul mouthed threats from publick skool teechers.
Oh God love you!
My sister started as a Catholic school teacher.
She earned 9,000 a year. I earned 12,000.
She could never understand the concept of working only 9 months means we earn the same.
Now I teach my own kids and they are two years ahead. She is sitting on disability, being paid by Cleveland Public Schools and addicted to morphine.
Nice work if you can get it.
Of course not, I meant that problem kids believe Christians are saps or hypocrits when we ignore their behavior and try to "love" them into compliance, especially when it's at the expense of the good kids having to put up with their bullying and terrorism.
They see this crap at school all week long and it burns a lot of children out on church to have to put up with it there too.
I get it! and agree.
I feel like telling my school-fighting story. Back in 7th grade, some of the other girls had been pushing me around, over a period of several weeks. I just hunched my shoulders and ignored them. One day, I lost my temper and fought back, going all out. (Nothing worse than hair-pulling.) After that, they were very nice and polite to me. At the time, that was all I knew, and I drew the obvious conclusions from it.
But, the good part came several years later, talking to the principal’s secretary. It seems that one girl had gone home and told her parents that she had been roughed up by me. They came charging down to the principal’s office, demanding justice for their little darling. Evidently, the principal had been aware of the whole situation, and was following the old-fashioned principle of ‘let ‘em work it out.’ He leaned back in his chair, smiled at them, and told them that he hoped their daughter had learned an lesson from it—that it’s not always safe to pick on someone three years younger and a foot shorter than you are.
Curious to know - did the bullying stop?
Of course the bullying stopped. Those in power had something to lose!
You’re an awesome parent L!
Below learn of the valor of a nine year old child.
From Mary Carpenter's letter to the NC General Assembly:
May you stand before God and man as my two precious grandchildren's killer if you pass any more gun legislation that will make me a felon should I own a handgun or any other gun for that matter.
A similar situation happened to me in elementary school. A friend kept hitting me with his coat. I told him, only once, that if he did it again I was going to punch him in the nose. He did it again and I kept my promise, and broke his nose. The next morning we were hauled into the principal’s office. He asked us both to state our version, and my friend, to his credit, told the truth. The principal simply said to him, “The next time he tells you to stop, leave him alone” and let us go. Neither of us got in trouble. It was a valuable lesson for me and my friend.
Many thanks for posting my article over here on Free Republic. The response has been overwhelming and to get praise from the Talkmaster is truly a great honor. I hope you have all enjoyed it and will visit the Buckeye Firearms Association site often as we have many great folks working hard to protect the rights of gun owners. Tim Inwood
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