A few days ago I posted to my blog this information about the fact that the mass-murderer at the high school in Parkland, Florida, had learned how to become an expert marksman because he actually attended that same high school and was enrolled in its Junior ROTC program: http://parallaxperspectives.org/the-mass-murderer-at-parkland-florida-was-trained-by-junior-rotc-at-that-school
This tragedy shows that BOTH militarism AND guns are out of control.
Schools with Junior ROTC programs are training their students to commit mass murder — in the military against people in other countries — and perhaps also in their own local schools.
WE MUST STOP THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE!
WE MUST SHARPLY REDUCE BOTH MILITARISM AND GUNS!
People who hold humane values need to debunk the “myth of redemptive violence” in all areas of society.
As part of that, we must eliminate Junior ROTC from those schools that allow it. Instead, every school’s curriculum should include courses teaching the power and effectiveness of nonviolence and how to nonviolently resolve disputes.
Nearly all peace organizations keep playing “defense” (organizing against this war and that war and this other war, organizing against various military weapons on a system-by-system basis) when WE SHOULD BE PROACTIVE in promoting nonviolence as the alternative to the cruel status quo. We must change our nation’s culture from a militaristic empire to a society that is nonviolent and peaceful at the international level AND at the local level..