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November 9, 2017

Mass Shootings

My condolences to all the families and friends who lost their loved ones in the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting this past Sunday. This seems to be becoming a much too common occurrence. Just last month there was another mass shooting in Las Vegas which ended with 58 dead and many more wounded.

Although the motives and evidence surrounding last Sunday’s shooting are becoming clear, the FBI still has not been able to solve the motive behind the Las Vegas attack, and there seems to be an ongoing coverup. Why?

Were the Sutherland Springs and Las Vegas mass shootings possibly staged for a purpose? Of course, you understand what I am saying here. Any time a mass shooting happens, the left immediately jumps on the opportunity to push for gun control. ‘Ban assault weapons’ becomes their battle cry.

In the Texas shooting, both sides have valid arguments.

Those on the left cry out that if assault weapons were banned, the shooter wouldn’t have been able to kill so many people in such a short amount of time. Their arguments run the entire spectrum from confiscating all guns, to banning certain types of weapons, to enacting all kinds of laws, on down to:

“We believe in the Second Amendment.” Valimont said. “We don’t want to take anybody’s guns away if they are owned legally. It is not gun control we want, because we are not trying to control anyone. It’s “gun sense” that we want.” (Kevin Robinson Pensacola news journal. November 8, 2017)

On the other side, conservatives respond with powerful NRA arguments. ‘We don’t need more gun control, we need to follow the laws that are already in place.’ And, in Sunday’s shooting, there just happened to be a ‘good guy with a gun,’ who was properly trained and a former NRA instructor. They make a very good point. If the hero had not had a gun, and had not shot the killer, many more people would be dead.

Liberals - understand this. The government cannot protect you. No matter how many laws are enacted, criminals will still obtain guns and use them. A prime example is Chicago which has the strictest gun laws in the country and also has the highest gun deaths in the country.

Conservatives – the Second Amendment is not divine law. It is a man-made law. The excuse that, “I need a gun to protect my family,” is bull shit. We are not living in 1776 when people did have to protect their families from unlawful thugs.

So, both the liberals and the conservatives continue to argue back and forth. Those on the left cry out ‘we have to do something!’ Those on the right argue that the laws we have are sufficient and just need to be enforced.

And, in the end, all that happens are more mass shootings.

What is happening in America? Why is America the only country in the world with mass shootings?

According to The Herald Net, here is a breakdown per decade of mass shootings in America using Duwe’s data. It is important to note that these are raw figures; the United States had far fewer people 50 or 100 years ago.

1900s: 0

1910s: 2

1920s: 2

1930s: 9

1940s: 8

1950s: 1

1960s: 6

1970s: 13

1980s: 32

1990s: 42

2000s: 28

2010-2013 (latest data): 14

From the chart, it is quite obvious. Something major has changed since the 1970’s. Perhaps as a nation, we should consider that the problem is not guns, but it is our culture and a breakdown in our society? As a whole, we no longer teach our children the wisdom of life, nor do we teach them to respect, value and dignify other human beings.

In my opinion, the problems start in both our homes and in our schools. Many children are not being brought up in healthy environments. How many single parents are there in America? Millions. All children need and deserve two parents for a proper upbringing.

In the last 50 years our schools have deteriorated to the point that they are like jungles where only the fittest survive. Even at an early age, children are being subjected to bullying, both physical and emotional. And, in our current culture, the young are taught that only the beautiful and successful are valuable. In our high schools, teenagers are so competitive that only those who are beautiful or athletic succeed. Every teenager wants to be popular, but so many are pushed under the bus.

We set our kids up at an early age and push them into situations they are not equipped to handle. Many do not benefit from education, such that it is, especially if they are from single parent households. While some teenagers are very successful, others are deprived, become loners, and when they grow up they cannot survive the jungle of life. They flip, grab a gun and shoot innocents.

What about all the violent video games, television and movies that are produced and watched by our children? What effect do they have on young minds?

We witness such a difference with other cultures. For example, Asian-American children are taught respect of their elders, are good students and upwardly motivated. Why? Because in Asian culture, parents are involved in their children’s development and upbringing.

And, what a shame that our senior citizens are not as well respected as they are in other countries. Our elderly become useless citizens, thrown away into retirement homes and nursing facilities, with the funeral home their final stop. Sadly, that is how the younger generations sees it. They don’t realize they, too, will be old one day.

I have heard progressives offer the idea of killing off all our old people. They think that would make our country better? How stupid an idea is that to even consider such a thing? The mere suggestion shows how low we have sunk as a society.

In many cultures of the world, the elderly are valuable members of the family and of society. The young and old mix, and the young learn from the old. Grandparents in other societies enjoy their grand-kids more than we do here in America. Here, most grandparents only get to see their grand-kids on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

That is where the problem lies. We, as a society, are responsible for developing these mass shooters from an early age. All the gun laws in the world will not change that fact. We, as an American culture, must rethink our way of life, our attitudes, how we raise our children, and our respect and dignity for other people. We must return to the belief that all human life is valuable and instill those beliefs in our children.