@Sheepdog556 I hadn’t thought to go look for videos by LtCol Grossman… I will now.
I found his books profound, and they remain on my re-read list - probably will go back to them several more times.
I think the issues he covers regarding what increased the shoot-rate and decreased the no-shoot rate and the shoot-to-miss rate in the military are seminal. An extremely important part of that is the use of governors in the training process - who’s making the decisions, who’s controlling the shoot/don’t shoot switch as a part of building the building-in of autonomic no-thought-required trigger pull.
In children and the young adults they become, impulse control and rational thinking are not fully developed - maybe not until well into their 20s for some people. Because of that, and lack of life experience, and different levels of dopamine and serotonin in youths vs adults, the opportunity to condition youngsters to take irrevocable action based on poor decisions is greater than it is with adults. Neurology that is wired in by repetition as your brain is forming is harder to address than that acquired as an adult where your brain is already fully formed. Especially because of this I think its critical to raise children in an environment where close bonds are made, empathy can be developed, consideration for others built in, and respect for those with the rightful duty and actual capacity to guide and teach is learned.
Its a challenging problem, and it’s got societal, school, and family facets. Some of those things I can influence, some not so much, and that’s scary.