School Shootings; A Symptom of a Major Problem

“An individual’s reality can and will change based on their actions guided by their thoughts, reasons and ideals.  There will always be bad reasons for good ideas and good reasons for bad ideas.  This is why moral people struggle to find common ground on ideological differences.  The truth, however, is the casualty; it commonly gets lost in the mix.”

Anthony “Tony” Boquet

Schools were created as a societal method of teaching our children how to solve problems. When the painful results of our problems show up on campus we must realize that the system is broken.  People all agree, it’s time for these violent symptoms and the problems that they represent to be fixed.  They cry out for something to be done to correct the situation but the areas of attention is off the mark and is not the problem so nothing makes a difference.


The reason is pretty simple.  Society continues to show evidence that it only cares about the symptoms.  The problem is taboo; never to be mentioned. We cannot solve a symptom; we can only ignore it, mask and/or evaluate it to identify its source; the actual problem.  Maybe the following explanation will help more people spot the difference between a problem and the symptoms.  To identify the problem all we need to do is use the natural eternal laws created to help us understand what is actually going on around us.  These laws define the rules that every creature has to live with on this planet.

Consider the Law of Cause and Effect.  Following the power of the wisdom of three, this law helps us to delineate the problems from their symptoms and their ultimate results.

Because most of us equate symptoms to medical issues let’s stick with this analogy for the purpose of the explanation.

If I begin to run a fever the doctor will think of the fever as a condition of a bigger underlining problem.  A fever can be a symptom of many different problems so the doctor will look for other symptoms before narrowing down the diagnosis. Once these other symptoms appear and the facts have been assessed the cause of the fever can be determined.  I have the flu.  The flu caused the condition of a fever which in turn gave me the effect of feeling poorly.  The Law of Cause and Effect teaches us that any and all problems / solutions will always be the cause of the positive / negative conditions which will always result in positive / negative effects or results.

It is a law; it has to happen!

To permanently solve a problem one must offer solutions that get to the root of the cause.  If the doctor treats the condition it will likely mask the cause but it will definitely not cure or solve it. It and the other symptoms will just continue to pop back up.

Let’s apply this reasoning to the school shooting incidents. If a person decides to hurt others, the person’s decision to act becomes the cause, their selfish action of shooting others is the condition and the irreversible harm is the effect.  This is a natural, irrefutable truth; logically and scientifically provable.  Regardless, intelligent people continue to try to make the cause or problem about the lack of laws, the availability of firearms or countless other conditions.  They focus on the gun that was used which is the exact same thing as a doctor focusing on only one of the symptoms. Guns or any tool can never be the problem since they are never the cause.

As I reflect on the various laws or truths that man has used over the millennium to solve man-made problems, the Law of Results also comes to mind when the problem is a result of a person’s action.

Another that builds on these truths is the natural Law of Attraction.  It states that what we think turns into what we believe / say and what we believe is who and what we become by our actions or deeds.

The bottom line is that we need to identify the problem and find a solution. The problem is immorality brought about by relativism. The solution is equally clear and is based on the laws but it is not going to be popular because it goes against the culture of relativism that we are living in today.  We have to begin to address the lack of moral fiber throughout our society. Until character matters again in all things people will continue to make their own decision about what is right and what is wrong.

In this recent shooting, the authorities knew the young man was intent on committing the actions he carried out but nothing was done.  The people that know him had reason to believe he was going to do something deeply wrong but still nothing substantial was done.  We rationalized that his social media posts were just talk…until one day it wasn’t.  On that day those words became horrible effects that reached the lives of countless families. This proves that when one person is allowed to say or do something morally wrong it does affect the masses.

Society is failing itself.  Our leaders are quick to ask the public to pray for those harmed but these same leaders vote to keep prayer out of our schools.  If we would allow the lessons learned through prayer back into our schools, maybe this troubled young man would have found better solutions to the problems he tried to solve with a gun.

We no longer believe in right and wrong…until the damage is obvious and even then we are quick to blame inanimate objects for our moral failings.  We do that to avoid being criticized for being judgmental all the while misdirecting the focus from the true problem; never to be solved.

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”



Author: Anthony Boquet

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, a native of South Louisiana and a resident of Franklin, TN. For 37 years he has been happily married to Toni Ann. They have two children, Thomas and Tiffany and three adorable grandchildren, Madison, Blake and Tyler. His hobbies include writing and reading, playing guitar, instructing TaeKwonDo and self-defense classes in HapKiDo, and riding motorcycles. Published Author “Bloodline of Wisdom, An Awakening of a Modern Solutionary” Released through Bush Publishing. A regular contributor in the Christian Family Publications and numerous financial journals and publications He holds multiple professional credentials bestowed by The American College of Financial Services Member of: St. Philip’s Catholic Church Knights of Columbus – 4th Degree The American College Alumni Association The Society of Financial Service Professionals Graduate: Purdue University Professional Management Institute Experiences includes: Adjunct Instructor on Leadership, Ethics, and Insurance related topics Financial Planner / Estate Planner Dynamic Public Speaker Faith and Business instructor on Ethical and Moral Wisdom Board Member of various Non-Profit organizations Business leader for 34 years Expert witness in insurance related court cases He is currently a Vice President at The American College Tony is excited to be finalizing work on his second book.

6 thoughts on “School Shootings; A Symptom of a Major Problem”

  1. I agree with you. They were warned but nothing was done. When I was going we were safe in school but now our children are not. It is so sad.

      1. I keep hearing that this event was preventable because the shooter gave so many warning signs. I keep thinking that such warning signs remain useless if we can’t act upon them to stave off the event. For my thinking, law enforcement could arrest him for making some form of terroristic threats, but such would not remove him from threat potential for good. If he’s committed, he might well tolerate being jailed and counseled for a few months, then commit his act anyway. Such would probably viewed as psychopathic tendencies, …I’m not sure such appraisal isn’t warranted.
        In light of your commentary though, I will suggest that gun laws have been targeted for a reason: Secularism–or secular humanism, progressivism, however you wish to name it–remains the inviolable sacred cow of education and cultural elites. Admitting that secular identity and the moral relativism that comes along are, themselves, at fault, would compel the nation to return to it’s Judeo-Christian roots. I see a great deal more tribulation coming along before such will happen. Very sad, but I think many more will suffer the victims’ fate before We remember Our founding.

  2. Too many people are focused on identifying what they think the problem is including “us.” There is far too much rhetoric and someone needs to stand up and take action. Why not practice what we preach and bring the Bible back to schools through after school programs? So many schools have to care for kids after the last bell rings because both mom and dad work.

    I challenge the Knights to be proactive and suggest we adopt something similar to the “ice bucket” challenge to bring awareness and encourage people to take action. The problem started with the troubled youth who had been shunned by his community. He was an outcast, a troublemaker an attention seeker. He was also an orphan, foster child and parentless at an early age. He lost his way. The school system forgot about him. The legal system paid no attention to him. And, now he is a monster! How many other kids are out there harboring similar feelings as Mr. Cruz? What are we waiting for? Why don’t the Knights step up and mentor young men who have lost their way? Is this something we do through Big Brother organization or do the Knights have the backbone to attempt to do something?

    I am not going to wait for an answer. I am going to get involved with the BB in my community and see if I can make a difference. I would prefer to do this with the Knights, but I am not aware of who is taking the lead. If the Knights do step up, I will join them immediately to make a difference!


    1. Brian, Thank you so much for your courageous, heartfelt testimony. For you information, some Knight councils do what you are suggesting through the Squire program. I challenge you to take the lead my friend. Get a Squire council going in your area. You can and will make a difference.
      God Bless you Brother.

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