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Kids Who Kill [Paperback]

By George Grant (Author) & Mike Huckabee (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1998
Publisher   B&H Publishing Group
ISBN  080541794X  
EAN  9780805417944  
UPC  634337011998  

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No more hand-wringing. No more finger-pointing. Instead, this book looks at the facts behind the headlines to reveal why children are becoming increasingly violent at an alarming rate, and what parents, politicians, educators, and religious leaders must do to stop it. This book examines the real causes of the alarming increase in juvenille violence in America, and what we can do to reverse the trend.

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As parents, we used to feel secure in our children being safely watched over in our nation's schools. We drop them off in the morning, make sure they have their lunches and homework, kiss them good-bye, and happily go about our day- never even fathoming that we may never again see their smile, hear their giggle, feel their touch, tuck them in at night... But, tragically, the families of the five victims of the Jonesboro shooting now know that pain. But Jonesboro is not the only town affected by misdirected, misunderstood children. While the media pounced on this story, seizing the opportunity to mount their proverbial soapboxes to address the issues, few- if any- took the time to really research the facts. "Experts" were quick to give their hasty analyses, turning this calamity into a pop symbol of our social decline. During this upheaval, Arkansas govenor Mike Huckabee met with the grieving people of Jonesboro, the victim's families, the Arkansas law enforcement officials, and felt compelled to address this issue- not as just another authoritative voice, but as a concerned citizen with a strong desire to move forward with hope, confidence, and security. Governor Huckabee uses the pages of this book to explore this crisis looming over our country. As a former pastor and state official, Huckabee has first-hand experience with the demise of our nation. This experience qualifies him to examine the cultural demoralization and the current fascination with anti-heroes. Huckabee pulls everything together and proposes a key to recovery- the return to basic values: faith, family, work, and community.

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More About George Grant & Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is the host of the number one rated weekend hit "HUCKABEE" on the Fox News Channel, and is heard three times daily across the nation on the "Huckabee Report" on the Citadel Media Network, it is the fastest growing new program on the Citadel Media Network in years. He is the author of 7 books, the most recent, A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit was a regular on the New York Times Bestseller list for many weeks. This is his second book on the New York Times Bestseller List joining Do The Right Thing, which was released in 2008. After his campaign for the Republican nomination for President in 2008, in which he finished second to John McCain, he formed HuckPac to assist Conservative Republicans running for office nationwide and has amassed a volunteer team with thousands of activists in all 50 states. From 1996-2007, Huckabee served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas and was a nationally recognized leader; honored by several renowned publications and organizations for his accomplishments. Governing Magazine named him as one of its 'Public Officials of the Year' for 2005, Time Magazine honored him as, " of the five best governors in America....", and later in the same year, Huckabee received the American Association of Retired Person's Impact Award. In 2007, he was presented with the Music for Life Award by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), for his commitment to music education. He served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission. A significant part of his early adult life was spent as a pastor and denominational leader. He became the youngest president ever of the Arkansas Southern Baptist State Convention, the largest denomination in Arkansas. Huckabee led rapidly growing congregations in Pine Bluff and Texarkana. He said those experiences gave him a deep sense of the problems faced by individuals and families. Huckabee's efforts to improve his own health have received national attention. Diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2003, he lost 110 pounds. Barely two years later, he had completed four marathons: The 2005 and 2006 Little Rock Marathons, the Marine Corps Marathon and the ING New York City Marathon. As a result of his accomplishments, The Road Runners Club of America named him its 'Southern Region Runner of the Year' and USA Track & Field has named him their 'Athlete of the Week' for the country. Huckabee completed his fourth book on living a healthy lifestyle, Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork: A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle. This 12-stop program is a no-nonsense approach to health through lifestyle change rather than a simple diet and exercise plan. Huckabee, 54, is an avid musician and is bass player in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, which has opened for artists such as Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band. He has played the House of Blues in New Orleans, the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO; two Presidential Inauguration Balls, and two Republican National Conventions. He is featured each week in the musical segment of his Fox News Channel show with the Fox house band, "The Little Rockers." The former governor and his wife, Janet, live in Florida. They have three grown children: John Mark, David and Sarah.

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1998, the most earnest book (his first)  Jan 5, 2008
I bought four of Governor Huckabee's books, and spent much of Sunday going through them. I've decided to do one review posted four times, to provide anyone visiting one of the four books to see four snapshots in one place. I am NOT looking for multiple votes. This is my bottom-line over-all assessment of one of the three people I believe is qualified to b;ring our Nation together, the others being Senator Obama, and Representative Paul, who will not win but could demand electoral reform when Congress returns.

1998,this book, Kids Who Kill, the most earnest. I like this book, very much. The Governor weaves a rich tapesty of a culture of disrespect, too many bad laws, not enough community and faith, and I for one buy into his message: our society has fragmented and we reap what we sow. See also my reviews of:
Rage of the Random Actor: Disarming Catastrophic Acts And Restoring Lives
The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead

2000, Living Beyond Your Lifetime: How to be Intentional About the Legacy You Leave. I find this book equally earnest, with a very strong consistent appreciation for God and faith and community in faith, for stewardship. Like the first book, I give this one five stars. I now include this book with other positive books on religion, see my reviews of:
GOD'S POLITICS: Why The Right Gets It Wrong & The Left Doesn't Get It (H)
The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right
Faith-Based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik

2007 Character Makes a Difference: Where I'm From, Where I've Been, and What I Believe
2007 From Hope to Higher Ground: My Vision for Restoring America's Greatness

Both of the above are formula books, somewhat contrived, but earnest and sufficient to come to at least two conclusions:

1) This citizen is not going to let go of God or faith. He is completely different from Milt Romney, whom I consider to be just a little too slick about his Mormon loyalties (CIA officers who were Mormons would fall asleep at their desks because the Mormon church had them up working all night).

2) This is a sincere good man (I based this on seeing him elsewhere as well). I frankly think that he brings the right respect for faith and God, and we need some of that in the White House, not lies and treason documented in Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America. As an estranged moderate Republican and Methodist, outrages by the crimes committed in our name, I think its time we had a moderate faith in God back in the White House.

The latter book touches on various "mandate for change" issues, and one has to be somewhat dubious on his record, since more than one person from Arkansas has told me they lost income and the schools lost funding during his tenure.

We need change. I'd like to see Mike Huckabee lead a dialog with all congregations on God's Politics, the Left Hand of God, and Faith-Based Golden Rule morality in all our policies at all levels. Barack Obama is energizing the young, but still severely handicapped by his elderly advisors who are out of touch with global reality.

In my view, as a person who cares deeply about the Republic and has spent the last 15 years obsessing on global reality and a strategy for saving the Earth for seven generations and beyond, I would like to see Mike Huckabee being the evangelicals back into the fold, without the attendant lunacy and criminality that characterized the Bush-Cheney White House.

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A Conservative Sermon Against Popular Culture And Governmental Intervention As Causes Of Crime  Jul 23, 2007
Mike Huckabee, the lead co-author of this book, was one of President Clinton's Republican successors as Governor of Arkansas on March 24,1998 when four little girls and a teacher were killed in the schoolyard of Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. 27 bullets were fired, and ten suffered non-fatal wounds. The two killers were boys at the school, ages 11 and 13.

The authors of this book document various other examples of kids killing kids,have an excellent chapter on the massive amounts of media violence children are exposed to, and write at length on the need for parents and society to educate our children on the kinds of values they should develop, and what the moral foundations of society should be. These chapters make the book valuable for anyone concerned about the problem of what kind of citizens today's children will be.

Reaction to other parts of this book depends on one's political and ideological views of the world. Those who are against teacher's unions will enjoy the scathing attacks on the National Education Association; those who are against abortion will cheer on the attacks on Planned Parenthood; those who have qualms about no-fault divorce will be impressed by the authors strong denunciations of it; those who worry about the expansion of government will be relieved that the authors see only personal solutions for fighting the epidemic of youth violence, and fear that greater governmental involvement will only make things worse.

The authors could have written a call for action on youth crime that would have appealed to concerned citizens regardless of ideology; they chose to write one appealing much more to conservatives than others. But no one can deny that conservatives are an important element in our national leadership, and that maximizing conservative attention to a serious national problem is a worthwhile strategic goal.

The authors' great strength lies both in their ability to write graceful prose and in their appreciation of the writings of others. They begin with a quote from Robert Penn Warren "All our debate is voiceless here, as all our rage, the rage of stone: if hope is hopeless, the fearless fear, and history is thus undone." They quote James Madison: "Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as the abuses of power."

They quote Samuel Johnson: "In political as well as natural disorders, the great error of those who commonly undertake either cure or preservation is that they rest in second causes, without extending their search to the remote and original sources of evil." They quote Richard Weaver: "The sin of egotism always takes the form of withdrawal. When personal advantage becomes paramount, the individual passes out of the community." They quote William J. Bennett: "The family is the original Department of Health, Educaiton, and Welfare." They quote Patrick Henry: "For good or for ill, the estate of the family will most assuredly predetermine the estate of all the rest of the culture."

While the authors have a great ear for aphorisms, they also call attention to experts and concerned citizens focused directly on their issues. Military historian Lt. Col. Dave Grossman discusses in detail the difficulty the military has in training soldiers to kill, and compares the military training of dehumanizing the enemy with some of the entertainment industry vehicles for dehumanizing other people. "The video industry conditions the young in exactly the same way the military does," he concludes. They also quote the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association as warning that "Lyrics promoting durg and alchohol abuse, sexual exploitation, bigotry, and racism are combined with rhythms and intensities that appeal to youth. (They present) a real threat to the physical health and well-being of especially vulnerable children and adolescents."

The authors detail at length the differences in behavior of a week of television shows and the the behavior of the American people. The characters certainly do not meet the standards of prudence or morality or common sense that the vast majority of the American people apply to their own conduct the vast majority of the time. And the characters' rate of death or serious injury is also far higher than that of the average American. Those who take television characters as a guide to how they should behave themselves are clearly at risk, they conclude.

The authors shed valuable light on George Washington's teenage written statements on how one should behave with others. Young Washington's keen moral sense and thoughtful consideration of the duties and obligations that people owe each other clearly was part of the foundation laid for his extraordinary decades of important service to the people of Virginia and then to the people of the United States.

The authors conclude with thoughtful and well-considered praise of faith, family, and work as the keystones of individual responsible moral behavior.

This is not the book to read for detailed prescriptions as to what governments should do to fight crime, as the authors are highly doubtful that government has much of a useful role. This is a somewhat courageous position for Governor Huckabee to take, because "law and order" and governmental action to achieve it have long been national Republican themes.

But the authors have written a very good book to read for anyone who wants to understand the contexts in which crime exists, and in which advocates struggle both to safeguard the individual citizen and to escape the quicksands of partisan and ideological disputes. This book surveys conservative thought on both individual failings and virtues, and governmental failings and virtues.

They authors have not written the definitive word on youth violence in America, but they have penned an interesting and provocative introduction to diverse conservative perspectives on this urgent problem. Those who use this book as a springboard to further investigation of the problems discussed will certainly be well-armed in the struggles for less crime and more personal responsibility in American life.

Sadly necessary  Oct 18, 2006
I imagine this book is selling even more copies as these problems have increased in schools in the last couple of weeks, I think we had an incident almost every day the second week of October. The profiles of the violent incidents were very well written. Most you will have heard of, some of them probably not.
Huckabee has no right....  May 10, 2005
Being from Arkansas and from the Jonesboro area I wanted to read the book that my governor wrote about "Kids who kill". The book was an ok read but I still do not think he has any right to say anything on this topic. Did anyone know that after the Westside School shootings our esteemed governor would not put off a family vacation out of the country? one of the, if not the most tragic event to ever happen in Arkansas and he goes on a vacation with the family? He had the audacity to write this book after that? When he was questioned about how he feels about making money from a tragedy he quipped "My kids have got to go to college" Man of integrity? no way. He is also very unpopular in the state right now even by members of his own party and if he wasn't term limited he would not win again. He does have presidential aspirations but does not have a chance at the nomination.
Father Knows Best  Jan 18, 2002
His analysis of where we are is lucid and convincing. Unfortunatly, his solution is a return to bible-thumping WASP mentality.

Personally, I'm not certain I don't prefer anarchy and mahem. Religious values that include denigration of women and abuse of children are part of the problem, not the solution.

And while public life was undeniably more orderly, safe, and pleasant, some incredibly nasty things went on behind closed doors in the 50s.

We need to go forward with a clear, dispassionate understanding of our history. We not only can't go back, if we could it would be another tragedy.

It's an interesting book and I'd recommend reading it, but don't expect to find rational solutions.


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