Gun Violence and Hitting and Spanking Children -- What’s the Deal?

If all parents used the more modern form of positive discipline, this is how it might contribute to less gun violence:

Hitting and shaming create anger while positive discipline gives respect and self control. Therefore young or older adults would have more ability to calm themselves.

Hitting and shaming have an effect on children’s brain development especially around those areas that control inhibition and choosing ones actions. Choosing to have a gun, or how to store it, or deciding when to use it would be much better thought out and implemented.

If a parent, instead of listening, and reasoning with his child uses hitting, it will create anger and, in some cases, the concept of revenge. Years of this can make a bully, or an angry teen, who seeks a gang, or a young adult that chooses to protect himself with a gun, possibly using it rashly, or in a panic.

Angry children when grown to be bigger take out their anger on lesser children or seek power over others to control feeling vulnerable. Guns often give them that lost feeling of control.

Impulse control comes with a positive form of discipline, not with being hit and shamed. Guns are often used impulsively.

Children demanded to obey unreasonable demands, and given brutal punishment when they don’t comply, grow up seeking vengeance somewhere.  

Positive Discipline teaches how to express and manage feelings. Being Hit and Shamed will more likely ignore those lessons, leaving anger, that gets pent up and explodes. When a gun is available, furious feelings might be expressed with it.

Between 2000 and 2008, a study in Germany showed that youth on youth violence diminished in the eight years after all hitting of children was banned by 20%, shown by hospital visit numbers. 

Our Mission

The MISSION of the Action Team to End Hitting Children is to gather many people to do small jobs for the purpose of diminishing and finally ending the hitting of children. By "htiting" we mean to include beating, spanking, slapping, shaking, popping, and any other form of physical or emotional punishment that demeans the child and creates emotional, mental, and physical harm. Our strategy is to use many people to do small amounts of work that create momentum to make a difference. 

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