Here we are again in the wake of the most tragic mass shooting in U.S. History. 28 victims, 20 of them children, were murdered by a psychopath in the name of nothing, for no reason, and has given none of us one ounce of closure. To call this a tragedy is an understatement. To try to put into words what the parents of these beautiful children must be feeling is impossible.
To imagine those unwrapped Christmas presents laying under the tree on Christmas morning. To think of the parents who have to live with the loss of their child every year – the holidays a constant reminder of what was taken from them. To finally muster the courage to pack your child’s bedroom and say goodbye. When it finally sinks in that your child will not be there on Christmas morning – smiling, excited, innocent – I can’t even imagine.
All these things have come to pass – or will come to pass – but one thing still remains. One conversation: Gun Control.
I’ve covered Gun Control many times. I’ve tried to take a logical approach to the statistics and come to a reasonable conclusion about what it means to be a nation with an armed populous. Now 28 more people have been slain – so what do we do now? What does this mean? Is it the time to open the discussion about Gun Control? Is it time, for once and for all, to do what so many countries have and disarm? No.
By focusing on Guns we are missing the point. We are avoiding the elephant in the room. We aren’t having the right discussions at all. What we need to talk about is us. What’s wrong with our culture, with society, with our psychology? How can we as a nation blame violence on Guns alone without taking a very careful look at ourselves in the mirror? Why are we killing each other, what is happening to us culturally, what is the root cause of this issue?
We are a culture in trouble. We have the highest gun related crime rate of any developed nation on Earth. Why? Is this a gun problem or something deeper? Has TV and music corrupted our young people to such an extent that murder has become ingrain in our psyche to such an extent we resort to violent behavior?
We are in trouble unless something changes. Even our Government is built upon violence. Have no delusions We have the biggest military in World history. The military industrial complex is the largest arms dealer in world history. So how can a Government enforce laws around gun control when they themselves supply all the world with weapons of destruction? Hippocrates.
It just doesn’t fit. A culture of violence is one built from top to bottom and it has to be solved at all levels. Peace has to come from the leadership as well as the populous – is our Government willing to lead by example? No.
This isn’t an anti-government rant – I’m just pointing out that a culture of violence and love for Guns has saturated us. The media, the Government, entertainment, and the people – all engulfed in a lust for violence that we can’t easily detach ourselves from. Pro-gun or anti-gun ask yourself this: What is the real problem? Guns or the system that promotes the idea of violence?
Tighter gun control laws without changing the moral fabric of the people will be more like chaining a rabid dog to a fence post without training him – you can take away the dogs freedom and it may solve a few problems, but he’s still rabid. How many people can you chain, spy on, and control in the name of safety?
Look in the Mirror
I’m not saying these shootings are any of our fault. Not even close. But we have to agree that changing the way we embrace and cheer on violence has to change.
It’s propaganda. We love violence because we have been trained to. So it’s no surprise when a few of us begin to act out the thing they have come to embrace.
Does your 8 year old still find it entertaining to kill another person in a video game? Are you still apathetic about the brown people being killed in the middle east by drone strikes that are eerily similar to the video game that your child loves to play so much? Are you embracing love and humanity or war and murder? Where do your dollars go at the movie theater? Do your actions scream peace?
Pro-gun or Anti-gun I really don’t care as long as we can all agree to do something about ourselves first.
Edit: A friend pointed this article out to me today. A mass shooting eerily similar to the one in Connecticut from back in the late 1920s. People have a very short memory.