Going To School Without Getting Killed IS a Human Rights Issue

If politicians consistently fail to protect children, it is because they want to.

A country that cannot protect its own Children at School does not respect  human rights
America, the land of the free. Freedoms include using children for target practice. Image by Unknown author, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Yes, it is all over the news here in Germany as well. 18 children and a teacher got shot. There is one reason we see it in the news over here. It is due to the fact that Germany is like an extra state of the US of A. Or at least our politicians and media act like it.
The advantage is, that we get a rare glimpse into the hypocrisy of the American empire when it comes to human rights.

Today was one of these days. We again get to watch in real-time, how children get gunned down. The U.S. is the only country in the world, where this is a regular occurrence.

Violence against children always triggers me. Maybe this is because I experienced serious bullying as a kid. Who knows. I leave that for a therapist to judge.

Of Course, Politicians Can Do Something

But it is odd, isn’t it? We are getting fed with the narrative that the U.S. is the shining example of the world when it comes to human rights. Apparently, it is not a human right for children to go to school and not get shot. I beg to differ.

You see this blatant disregard when there is another ‘moment of silence. Immediately afterward, politicians claim that stricter gun laws aren’t possible because….

There is no good reason. That constitution clause is a lame excuse. Of course, it isn’t an infringement of your right to own a weapon if you have to pass a background check. Yes, the constitution allows you to own a weapon. That does not mean you should be able to buy it with your groceries.

Everybody knows this. The politicians, the weapon lobby, and the gun nuts. It is not like there isn’t the science to back stricter gun laws. To counteract the threat of science, these politicians banned research on gun control. Hooray for the beacon of civilization.

The reason they block legislation is simple. They disregard the lives of children. They think it is okay for children to live in fear, whenever they enter a classroom.

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My Name is Alexander Benesch, but it is okay to just address me with Alex. I am from Germany but have spent more than half of my life in Denmark, where I have been teaching special needs students, among many other activities. I write about education and teaching, provide tips for teachers and lesson materials, and blog about educational technology. I also offer my tutoring services via the blog. I am passionate about teaching and I have many thoughts and opinions about pedagogy, education, and social issues. I believe that our education systems need a major revolution to be fit for the challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. That is why I decided to write about it.

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