Since the horror of the Sandy Hook shootings, Americans are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stupidity Syndrome, writes Lenore Skenazy on CNN.
Folks in the throes of PTSS are so traumatized by a tragic event that they immediately demand something – ANYTHING – be done to prevent it from ever occurring again. Even if the chances of it happening are one in a million. Even if the “preventative measures” proposed are wacky, wasteful, ridiculous – or worse.
One of her readers at Free-Range Kids reported that the local school created a new rule for its first-grade Christmas concert: Parents had to hand in their car keys to the office before entering the auditorium.
Because guns don’t kill people … people with car keys kill people?
Another reader said a day care center has asked parents to slam the door on other parents entering behind them, so that everyone has to enter the security code.
Expect a fellow parent to hold the door open for you just because you’re standing there with a baby in one arm and a briefcase in the other? No way! This is a safe community, and a safe community treats all people, even the ones cradling their own children, as potential psycho-killers!
It’s the mindset that created the TSA. Treat everyone like a homicidal maniac. And never ever use your common sense.
A jogger running by a Kentucky school triggered a lockdown. “Seriously…six or seven different police and fire departments, including ambulances, EMS teams, and K9 units were called out, surrounding neighborhoods were searched, the school was put on lockdown, and everyone just shrugs it off as an unplanned practice drill?”