Power Grab Disguised As Benevolence
You reap what you sow are ancient words of wisdom that are relevant to the gun control debate today. Everyone agrees that something must be done to minimize the repeat of the New Town tragedy. However, what can or should be done is contentious. We should be focusing on the root cause of gun homicides in order to prevent them. The root cause lies in the thinking of those who contemplate and carry out gun violence.
American culture has fostered violent thinking in many ways. The New Town killer spent long periods of time playing violent video games and he chose the NewTown School in order to run up a higher kill count than other mass murderers. We have raised a generation of children on violent and hate-filled lyrics in rap music that foster anger and violence as a way to solve problems. Movies and television have also contributed to a culture of violence as well as sexual liberation from the confines of marriage. Easy divorce has resulted in broken and blended families where children carry guilt, low self-esteem and anger. We have attempted to solve depression and other mental problems through medications which can create aggressive behavior. These are some of the ways that America has sown the seeds of violence which are now coming to fruition.
Culture is the way people interact with each other and is the product of our thinking. It has taken decades for America to develop the current culture and there are no overnight fixes. America is known as the land of the free but freedom depends on the responsible actions of Americans. Parents must be more engaged in mentoring and caring for their children and not let computers and other forms of technology be the source of their entertainment and values. We must not allow the pursuit of money and pleasure to be at the expense of loving and instilling morals in our children.
The government has assumed the role of provider for the elderly and needy that churches and families used to perform. It has become the teacher of moral values through public education. America has employed hundreds of thousands of its citizens creating a massive internal security force to keep us safe from terrorist threats. Our dependence on the government is directly related to the decline in our social and moral responsibilities to each other. These services assumed by our government are benevolent power grabs. We have sacrificed our independence and rights for the securities and regulations that the government provides.
Background checks will not prevent another New Town. Banning assault rifles will not prevent another tragedy either. History has shown that government attempts to eliminate drug use, prostitution and other undesirable behavior through more laws are not effective. What we need is a change in our culture.