Songs of violence you won’t hear in Idaho schools anymore

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It was in grade school when I first heard the song about the shining gun cowboy. A parody of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I had two friends in my class, both named Andy, and they were good at finding and sharing this kind of song. There was an alternate version of On Top of Old Smokey, where a teacher was killed. The teacher was thrown overboard in Row Row Row Your Boat. Shouting !

Send these kids to a special school

In modern times, I suspect that Andy and Andy would be kicked out and allowed to return to class only after attending several sessions with a psychiatrist. They would be forced to pledge never to sing parodies again, and their parents would also have to crawl in front of the school administrators.

Two other friends graduated from the University of Idaho in the 1970s. They kept guns in their dorms and went hunting after school. We remember the gun racks in campus vans.

When I was little, many schools had shooting clubs and competing teams. A friend of mine Andy used to bring knives to school. Dozens of boys carried knives. I remember one day when one of our teachers admired the different blades the guys wore. Mine had a simple design. It looked like it had a bark coating. Others looked more like ivory. A friend of mine from Andy used his knife to carve his desk. He has not lost his sculpting tool. He must have sanded the top of his own desk. He cured his artistic ambitions.

Songs, guns and knives ain’t the problem

I bring up all of these stories because I was driving to work one morning last week and listening to the latest shooting news at school. We had songs about violence and instruments of potential violence, but we had no violence.

What we had was a moral foundation. Put in place by parents, churches and the community. It’s not the gun, guys.

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