Preventive Precautions Against Crime
The assassination of President McKinley
has brought our country face to face with a condition of affairs
which require radical and yet wise methods of treatment to guard
against a repetition of similar crimes.
It is generally conceded that our
public officials are not lacking in courage or bravery. If the occasion
demanded it nobody would question for a moment the fact that President
Roosevelt would have the courage to immediately hold a public reception,
unguarded, at the exact spot where President McKinley fell mortally
wounded. But we as a nation would not be wise to permit such a proceeding
if possible to prevent it.
Stringent laws will probably be enacted
with the view of crushing out the spirit of anarchy, yet no effective
laws can be created which will prevent a degenerate from being born.
So long as such things can be only one law will prove effective,
and that is one which will keep our officials where the degenerate
will be permanently denied the opportunity to perform what he may
imagine is his earthly mission.
Furthermore, while such a law is being
rigidly enforced, it will be well to immediately begin to properly
educate the masses, especially as to the great responsibility of
those who intend to become parents. The stock breeder selects with
the greatest possible care the ancestors of his herd, while, at
the same time, human beings are thrown into existence without proper
effort being made either by the parents or the government to improve
the standard of their perfection. Surely humanity should have an
equal chance with our animals. This is a matter for serious consideration
in every home as well as in the legislative halls of our government.
Thinking will play its important part but it will require action
to bring about good results. Proper training is the first prerequisite.
Latin, Greek, etc., are all very good in their places yet there
are other matters of far greater importance to the present as well
as future generations. Will the all powerful people make the necessary
demands on their representatives? We await their decision believing
that the time is ripe for proper and wise action to be taken.