In Part 1, I revealed how rational and rewarding it would be to post armed guards at our schools.
In Part 2, I showed how reducing the number of firearms in the U.S. would not curb violent crime.
Today and next week, I will discuss an age-old solution that America's Founding Fathers knew was key for maintaining civility in our communities -- a solution being mimicked by a few nonprofit organizations in our public schools.
Our founders knew that more government regulation and taking away guns from law-abiding citizens would not curb violent crime. And they didn't expect the law of the land to well up peace in people's hearts, either. As proud as they were of their new-found republic, they would rely instead upon personal core values to perpetuate decency, respect, morality, honesty and restraint, to name a few.
Our founders' "human values curriculum," if you will, consisted of two primary principles: 1) Human life has an intrinsic or inherent value esteemed far above the rest of creation. 2) Human life is to be respected and cared for via each person's accountability to moral absolutes (that is, a moral creed to which he confesses and clings). I will discuss the first point today and the second next week.
Most people's view and value of humanity were shaped around two beliefs: that God created us and that we were created equal.
The book of Genesis says, "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness'; And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
That creed was codified in the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
The founders believed that equality eventually would give legs to everyone's freedom, though they themselves struggled with its execution as much as any generation -- with slavery and their treatment of Native Americans and women, for example.
John Adams, our second president, said, "We should begin by setting conscience free. When all men of all religions ... shall enjoy equal liberty, property, and an equal chance for honors and power ... we may expect that improvements will be made in the human character and the state of society."