Here We Are, Again.

Some of you may have read an earlier comment of mine mentioning that Newtown Connecticut is my home town. I left to go to college, and it’s been quite a long time since I lived there, but we all have a home town, don’t we? I am in a bit of a state of shock, and have been trying to collect my thoughts all day, and feel the need to say something. Let’s see if this makes any sense.

Once again, as the loudest voices always seem to do, there will be calls for new and more laws for gun control on the heels of this horrific tragedy. Once more, we will furiously fail to learn anything that is actually useful from this event. Instead, we will choose to think with our feelings and attack the symptoms while ignoring, and in fact aggravating the causes.

By one estimate, there are 310 million firearms in the United States. Guns have been a part of our culture since its very beginning, and they are everywhere. Gun control advocates are forced to ignore this simple fact while constructing their arguments. Forget for a moment that the 20 year old shooter was breaking laws already on the books in Connecticut by possessing those weapons on his person. There is literally no way that legislation can be conceived which could come anywhere near having the desired result of removing access to firearms from those willing to break the law to own them. This also ignores the fact that the manufacture of a firearm has become a relatively trivial exercise, and this trend will only continue as a consequence of the advance of materials technology. I read recently that someone had actually ‘printed’ a working firearm with a $15,000 3D printer. People wise enough to lead on this issue must concede the reality – firearms are here to stay; will only be driven underground by tighter legislation, and the solutions we consider must accept the truth of that.

This is a very serious matter for our society. Violence tears at the fabric of civilization.  But we must be in possession of the facts if we are to succeed at this. We must acknowledge that gun free zones have only ever exposed their occupants to risk. The history of events like these make this case in an overwhelming fashion. As a society, we must also come to grips with the fact that generations of glorifying violence in media and entertainment while federal policies destroy families and self-loathing progressives teach moral relativism in our schools has not been without consequence. The idea that a new law will be a fix for this is a profoundly irresponsible proposal, made by a fool or a demagogue.

If we truly seek to understand before acting, we would be taking a very careful look at how, for example, the Swiss have managed to make firearms a peaceful part of their culture’s foundation. Our national crisis with violence is not a consequence of too few regulations, but of an epic cultural failure that is manifesting itself in virtually every part of our society, from the music our children listen to, the games they play, the designer drugs they blithely risk their lives on, the corrupt and bloated government that preaches the message of indifference to personal accountability, and the masses too fearful to stand and demand better from everyone around them.

Those who understand this realize that the events of today are an integral part of the ‘new normal’. We are witnessing the death march of the American Dream, dipped in batter and deep fried, and delivered to your cellphone in HD for your viewing pleasure while the party brownshirts softly whisper the language of the victim’s revenge into your ear.

Meanwhile, we elect leaders who lack the capacity to see the irony in their position on this issue:

Americans need to gather the courage to make systemic changes if we wish to address what it is about our culture that could produce a person capable of killing his own mother and a classroom full of young children on the way to ending his own life. Gun laws do nothing about the hell on earth that is the reality of these deeply emotionally disturbed individuals who somehow manage to evade the concern and attention of those around them and wind up perpetrating these unspeakably evil acts. Is it possible that our public schools have become this bad and our parents this detached? Are we so corrupt, so selfish, so self-centered that these damaged souls can walk among us unaided until the pain of living becomes unbearable? Seek your answers here, America.

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Very well stated, SecondMouse.

LCBren
LCBren

from the music our children listen to, the games they play,

Had me until you uttered this tripe.

Music? Like Elvis? The Beatles?Like KISS was Kids in Satans Service?

There is NO proof of any kind that games have the effects the bleeding heart liberals keep claiming they do, and I defy you to find me any proof otherwise.

LC_Salgak
LC_Salgak

LCBrendan says:

from the music our children listen to, the games they play,
Had me until you uttered this tripe.
Music? Like Elvis? The Beatles?Like KISS was Kids in Satans Service?

I was thinking he was referring more to things like the “Knockout Game“. And Gangsta Rap, with all the “pop a cap” and “beatin’ ho’s”, etc. . .

irish19
irish19

Very eloquent.

Tallulah
Tallulah

Thank you, Secondmouse. That is the single most thoughtful, sober post I have seen on this dreadful day.

Tallulah
Tallulah

AN ORDER WHICH MAY BE USED FOR THE BURIAL OF A CHILD. ¶I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord : he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. St. John 11:25, 26. I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall… Read more »

Too true, Mr.Mouse, people are indeed a product of their culture. Ours happens to suck right now, and it has been sucking for some time now. Our society has no more shame, no chivalry, no compassion, no politeness, no more decency. The sanctity of human life has been erased by abortion on demand and assisted suicide. We recoil in horror… Read more »

Imperial Grammar Nazi, G.L.O.R
Imperial Grammar Nazi, G.L.O.R

Back in the 60s, two very important things happened: we made abortion legal, and we kicked God out of our country. It’s been downhill ever since. Why is anyone surprised?

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret

Was coming home from the hockey game last night and some syndicated moron was on the radio blathering about “why did Mom have 4, count ’em, 4 guns in the house? Was she afraid of something, like maybe her 20 year old psycho kid?” Hell, I have more than 4 handguns in my house, and my kid, with all her… Read more »

BamaJack
BamaJack

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret says: Was coming home from the hockey game last night and some syndicated moron was on the radio blathering about “why did Mom have 4, count ‘em, 4 guns in the house? Was she afraid of something, like maybe her 20 year old psycho kid?” Hell, I have more than 4 handguns in my house,… Read more »

LC Spare Parts
LC Spare Parts

I just put this up on the UK Daily Mail To All and Singular Come up with a solution that actually affects those who commit this kind of mayhem instead of firearm owners who Never Do Any Harm, and then we’ll listen to you. All the screeching from the weenies who believe life must be painless have one thing in… Read more »

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret

The “minority” ?? Fuck that… The Government speaks for the people and they’ve made it very clear we want no part of God in our leadership and the future direction of this country. What you saw yesterday wasn’t because God allowed it, it was because in the absence of God, pure evil exists… Brainchild. Really? The government speaks for the… Read more »

LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd
LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd

We are by nature a predatory species. I’d argue that figures prominently in the very definition of “human.” Lacking claws, fangs or significant physical strength or speed, we rely on our brains to enable us to fashion weapons. This is what elevated us from the mouse-like creatures cowering in the underbrush during the Cretaceous to a species that fuses atoms… Read more »

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret

SecondMouse says: As a society, we are hooked on conventional wisdom and easy solutions, very few of which produce meaningful beneficial change where it is needed most. It is time to be willing to deal with the true complexity of life and the reality of the state of our culture. I agree with this to the point of “conventional wisdom”.… Read more »

BamaJack
BamaJack

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret says: The “minority” ?? Fuck that… The Government speaks for the people and they’ve made it very clear we want no part of God in our leadership and the future direction of this country. What you saw yesterday wasn’t because God allowed it, it was because in the absence of God, pure evil exists… Brainchild.… Read more »

Kristophr, LC
Kristophr, LC

I will have to respectfully disagree here. Jesus can not fix this. We have to fix this. The best way to prevent this crap is to hire conservative teachers, and to quietly arm them. Actually discipline kids when they do wrong, and force them to learn socialization skills from adults instead of the current lord of the flies crap. And… Read more »

Emperor Misha I
Emperor Misha I

LC Xealot says: There is a lot of truth to this. A lot of this stems from shitty parenting. If a child plays a video game, listens to some questionable music… but is brought up by responsible parents, it’s not going to magically turn the kid into a raging psychopath. The child will have a healthy understanding of what is… Read more »

BrendaK
BrendaK

Discussions of what G-d allows or does not allow read as unclear to me. Each and every one of us have free will, and that disturbed piece of evil shit used his to mow down his parents and a classroom of babies. It seems to me that the discussion is not really about G-d, but about culture. We have a… Read more »

Kristophr, LC
Kristophr, LC

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret @ #: Vulcanrider: Even as an atheist, I know the answer to that one: Free will. Bad people are allowed to do bad things because we are not God’s robots. One thing here that does irritate me is blood dancing by either the left or the right. We don’t need gun control to fix this.… Read more »

BrendaK
BrendaK

This can be fixed by teaching kids that they are accountable for their actions

+10 of 10, Kristophr, LC

Tallulah
Tallulah

I just heard on the news: they’ve finished the autopsies of all the little ones, and they were all shot more than once. “Evil” isn’t a strong enough word for this horror. They also said that all the guns the murderer’s mother owned were legally registered in her name. This will be the Great Gun Ban, folks. Say goodbye to… Read more »

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret

Kristophr, LC says: LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret @ #: Vulcanrider: Even as an atheist, I know the answer to that one: Free will. Bad people are allowed to do bad things because we are not God’s robots. This can be fixed by teaching kids that they are accountable for their actions, and by providing at least one armed adult… Read more »

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret

Emperor Misha I says: Better example: Let’s say that the local city council decides that we can do without a fire department because we need the money for free condoms, free meth, midnight basketball, fisting lessons for pre-schoolers or 24/7 free daycare for prostitutes. A week later, a fire that would normally have been contained easily spreads and lays waste… Read more »

LCBren
LCBren

Because we enjoy video games does not mean we should choose to ignore the possibility that an unloved and unsupervised eight year old playing GTA for eight hours a day may be altered by the experience Thats the key word UNSUPERVISED. GTA is an MA15 or over game, and I refuse to accept in any way shape or form that… Read more »

LC Dread Pirate Geoarrge
LC Dread Pirate Geoarrge

You know, I was all set up to offer my two bits on these theological conundrums, but honestly I don’t care anymore. I don’t know who God is. If He is who the Bible says He is, He can either prove it by assisting with the fulfillment of Genesis 2:18 in my personal life, or not. Yes, it’s a bit… Read more »

irish19
irish19

BrendaK says:

This can be fixed by teaching kids that they are accountable for their actions
+10 of 10, Kristophr, LC

What BrendaK said!

Lady M-ITT™-Imperial Sniper G.L.O.R
Lady M-ITT™-Imperial Sniper G.L.O.R

It’s funny how people either deny the existence of God, or flat out reject Him, but then turn around and blame Him when something horrible happens. We give him the finger and tell him to f**k off because we don’t want to live by His rules, but demand He solves all of our problems anyway. We tell Him to leave… Read more »

Imperial Grammar Nazi, G.L.O.R
Imperial Grammar Nazi, G.L.O.R
Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery

Lady M-ITT™-Imperial Sniper G.L.O.R @ #:

excellent……brilliant……and true

LC Dread Pirate Geoarrge
LC Dread Pirate Geoarrge

I know, I know, it’s just that my broom and dust pan seem to have been lost in the mail.

Very well spoken, Mrs M….very well…………… Over time I have learned life is a series of choices. That freedom of choice is absolute and total, it encompasses all we are, believe and do. I did not choose to be hit by a drunk, I did choose to be on the road when I was. Not a matter of knowledge, truth,… Read more »