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American rights aren’t imaginary
When I was a little boy, I played with dump trucks and toy guns. My sister had an Easy Bake Oven and a Barbie Doll house. It was normal.
So what kind of society are we living in today when a seven-year-old boy gets suspended for playing “pretend?”
This happened last week at Mary Blair Elementary School in Colorado. The school’s rule against “real or pretend fighting” meant that when second-grader Alex Evans decided he wanted to save the world at recess, they suspended him for throwing an imaginary grenade into a box.
Was it just a product of ridiculous anti-gun hype that has recently swept the nation, or is this just one more example of the kind of liberal, sheltered country we live in today?
Personally, I believe it’s both. We live in a society overruled by political correctness and a need to shelter everyone from everything.
Evans wasn’t being a bad guy, or even bothering other children. He was just playing a game that we used to play all the time.
Not only are we slowly strangling our Second Amendment rights, but also killing our rights on the playground.
America needs to wake up. American culture used to be a beautiful thing, but now it’s so full of political correctness and unneeded progressivism that it’s unrecognizable.
We need to return to the days where Alex could throw his grenade to save the world, and not have his education suffer.
We need to go back to the time where children could play Cops and Robbers, and not worry about consequences.
America doesn’t need political correctness or a stripped Bill of Rights. What this country needs is a good helping of American family values and a dose of reality. You can’t pretend problems in the world don’t exist.
America isn’t a utopia. We need guns for protection, we need our Bill of Rights, and we need our kids to grow up being kids. Let them save the world, encourage their creativity and don’t brand it evil and violent.
Discouraging children will keep them from becoming productive members of society, ones that will one day catch the bad guys, enlist in our military and put out fires.
Otherwise, we better be ready to throw out entitlement money like candy so these 16-year-old children can support themselves and their babies.
Oh wait, we already are throwing entitlement money out like candy.
America needs to return to the way it was, unrestricted by the changes of politically correct and progressive culture.
If we have any hope for the future, we need to see an America with real ideas and real promises that only our children can produce.
So take the chains off, let reality and creativity run its course, and maybe one day, we can see the beautiful America as she is meant to be seen.
Andrew Freeman is a pre-journalism freshman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.