OPINION — I prayed and cried for the victims of the Florida school mass shooting on Valentine’s Day. And I knew before the smoke had settled, and the school halls were cleared, liberal politicians and media pundits would be heaping blame on the National Rifle Association and a gun culture glorified and gone unchecked by good old boys like me.
I’ve had enough.
There have been mass shootings in the United States since Europeans landed on these shores brandishing blunder busses, but not to the extent and magnitude since the 24-hour news cycle began in the 1980s with CNN. Today everything in that news cycle is exaggerated with the forced breakdown of the nuclear family, forced upon our society by leftist policies and social programs, and the creation and promotion of social media. In short, we created this mess. And we can fix it.
Until we admit we are a violent society, school shootings with mass casualties will continue.
Until we admit that children from single-family homes are at risk from everything from drug use to promiscuity to violent tendencies, the deadly violence will continue.
We must admit that in the U.S. we have created a welfare system that devalues the nuclear family, where the father and mother are married and employed and work hard to afford a home for their children. Instead, we reward and encourage women and men to have multiple children outside marriage, and what follows is single parent homes that fail children. Our new system of co-dependency overwhelmingly encourages children to play violent video games and watch sex-filled violent movies. Until we can admit this, this country will continue to see crazed, lone wolf maniacs use guns, cars, explosives or rocks dropped from overpasses onto unsuspecting drivers.
And we in the media are complicit. If it bleeds it leads.
Make no mistake. The media did not create this problem. We just made it worse.
And politicians will say the same thing. We didn’t create this problem. And movie producers and video game developers will echo the same message; we didn’t do this! We are just providing what our customers want, what they will pay for, what they need.
That’s the same argument made by big tobacco two decades ago. It’s not our fault customers and consumers are abusing our product. Public opinion turned and so did the tide of legislative measures. Big tobacco was sued and fined and is now slowly going out of business.
Guns are not the problem in mass shootings. Even at Columbine, the evil teenaged perpetrators had propane bombs with them. Taliban and ISIS fighters have begun to use vehicles to mow down innocent people on sidewalks.
Even if we ban them, bad guys with killing and mayhem on their minds, will come up with a way to carry out their crimes without guns.
I believe private citizens with guns prevent and stop more of these evil acts than ever are reported. The liberal left agenda doesn’t want to acknowledge or let you know that in cities where more citizens are armed, there are fewer of these cowardly acts.
Technology is more to blame than people who lawfully own guns.
Violent video games didn’t exist three decades ago. Kiddos from single parent homes, who go home and spend time alone after school until an adult gets home, have hours and hours to spend watching violent television and cable shows. Kids are free to continuously play violent video games where using a gun to shoot people as a distraction from a hard home life.
Yes, I am placing a lot of the blame for school shootings on violent video games. But it is big business.
How in the world do teenagers know how to get hold of firearms and explosives to quell their raging hormones when bombarded by unrealistic social media demands (cyber bullying)? If he can’t handle it, he’ll grab a gun and start shooting, just like he would in that first-person shooter video game.
Except in the video game, as opposed to in real life, there are no consequences.
We created this s***storm. We turned our backs on children from broken homes by throwing money at their single parents. We are promoting a welfare system where they only matter as long as they increase the need for more welfare spending.
The cycle continues; we have to spend more on welfare because we’ve created an environment where single parents are rewarded financially to have more children out of wedlock. Then we ignore those children by setting them in front of a TV with a video game where the object is to kill as many people as they can over and over again without consequences. Why do we wonder why every once in a while one of those neglected kids goes off the rails and actually kills other people at a most familiar environment: a public school?
All the blame lies with us.
Guns are not the problem. We are the problem. And until we face the ugly truth that we enable troubled individuals to commit mass killings by turning a blind eye to a social environment we created, and continue to support and perpetuate, we will again and again witness these senseless, heartbreaking tragedies.