But, here, as with so many issues, we rush to flawed judgment, calling for what, on the surface, seems to be the most expedient solution, although here, an unconstitutional one, treating the symptom, not the disease. The underlying illness, which, sadly, too often, surfaces as violence, is not the guns, or the knives, or generic "blunt objects," it's the far-tougher-to-solve, accelerating erosion of our society, especially among some segments. The traditions, standards, character, work-ethic, and respect, once initiated, and maintained by parents, then reinforced by teachers, peers, and the demands of competitive education. Sadly, we've allowed that chain of productive growth and acceptable behavior to atrophy, as remaining positive role-models, once plentiful, now struggle to gain traction. From the local level to the nation's capital, the existence of solid-character is no longer a given, or too often, even desired, as glorification of self, shoves the well-being of others and our nation aside. More next time.