There are parents out there who think they are responding to a real threat to their children’s health by NOT having them immunized, citing incidents of children becoming ill and even dying after getting their shots.
Mothers have hissy-fits about inappropriate books in school libraries, but let their kids sit for hours playing violent video games…
We have experts writing books about the dangers of allowing gay individuals to adopt children or teach in public schools…
And then there’s the guy who thought it would be wise to give his eight-year-old son a crack at handling that Uzi at the gun club…
Parents are called upon to make vitally important choices on behalf of their children. Always with that paralyzing thought echoing in the back of their heads… "What happens if I f*** this up?"
In this country, though, we seem to have a talent for screwing things up. We really hurt our kids with the poorly informed choices we make.
Sometimes, the result is that children die of diseases that were "eradicated" in the 1950’s.
Or that bigotry is passed from generation to generation.
Or that we make such urgently, tragically stupid choices that our kids don’t get a chance to grow up.
Get your kids immunized. Monitor what they read and play. Let them interact with people different from themselves.
And don’t let them play with guns.