We all know that another mass shooting has occurred in Florida this time. Yes, it seems to happen quite often. And yes, it has to stop. This is where
sensibility typically leaves the room without looking back, never to return. That has to change if we are ever to solve this problem.
Every time there is a mass shooting of some kind, mass being more than one now, there is a spate of calls to ban 'this' gun or 'that' gun or guns in
general. It is as though none of these people have ever heard of Chicago. For those who apparently know little of this little mid-western gem, it has
some of the toughest gun laws in the county and also has one of the highest rates of death involving guns in the country. To anyone looking with
honest eyes it is obvious that not only did legislation fail to solve the problem but since the legislation the problem has gotten much worse,
especially compared to other large cities who did not pass similar legislation.
No solution was found amidst the banging of gavels enacting stricter more stringent legislation. So what do we do now? Well, if you are a democrat the
answer is simple: keep doing the same thing and hope it works this time. Sorry, but I have had enough of that stupidity.
This problem will never be solved if it can't be identified. Therein is part of the problem. This is not a single source problem. It is multi-faceted.
We will have to address each contributing factor in order to solve this disgusting trend. Lets take a look at a few of these facets and see what is
being done to resolve them.
First, a story from my teenage years. I had a friend named Mike. Mike was a big guy, tough, and enjoyed a good fight now and then. He was, by most
standards, an a$$hole. He picked on people and even took their lunch money. One day someone told Mike that if he really thought he was that tough he
should go downtown and mouth off to some of the punks down there. Well Mike did exactly that. The news said my friend was killed by a street gang.
Mike had been beaten to death with baseball bats or similar instruments. He never stood a chance. That same weekend, another teen was killed. He had
been shot. The news said he was killed by a gun. Not a gang, or a person. A gun. The focus was now on the tool used, not the person who did it.
After Mike died, no one said it was baseballs fault. No one sued Louisville slugger. No one said Ernie Banks was a bad roll model. Everyone agreed it
was a gang that killed Mike not a piece of wood. But that other teen was treated entirely different. He was not killed by a person. He was killed by a
gun. The person who did it was hardly mentioned in the story, treated like an afterthought. And that is part of the problem.
1. You can't blame the tools used for the action of criminals. Tools will always be there. You need to address the criminals.
IMHO the biggest facet is the complete and total lack of respect for human life and dignity. Never before has the willingness to inflict injury or
death upon the innocent been so rampant. Guns have been around for a long long time. This indignant disregard for humanity is relatively new. I was a
teenager of the 70's. We had our issues. We weren't perfect and we knew it. But the idea of killing someone, or a group of people, to make a statement
was just not part of who we were. We had our share of trouble makers. There were a few guys in high school that pretty much everyone knew would end up
in prison or dead. We were right. If you hung out with those guys you were on the short road. I had a few run-ins with one of them who just decided
one day he didn't like me. I went to my car after school and he and a few friends were there waiting for me. When I drove away one of them was just
getting up, the rest were still on the ground. (I have two older brothers: a Green Beret and a professional Karate instructor. My whole childhood was
training for that moment) Except for a few minor incidents it pretty much ended there. Even the lowest IQ can understand a good a$$ whoopin'. And that
brings me to my point.
The last 25 years or so has brought us the mass killing by angry youths or empathy stinted adults. Looking at the youth aspect, what has changed in
the last 25 years? In my eyes one of the most glaring changes is the idea that every child is a winner just for participating and all the entitlement
garbage that goes along with that viewpoint. All that "We don't believe in spanking, he is just expressing himself" crap. You know what? The real
world is a tough place. People are mean. Work sucks. Life isn't always fair. You don't get a participation trophy along with a paycheck at the end of
the week just for showing up. You don't get to get in someone's face and scream like an idiot without getting your teeth knocked out. Your good
intentions are not going to pay your bills at the end of the month. If you haven't been taught how to deal with these realities as a child you are
going to be one screwed up adult - if you make it that far.
So we fast-forward to the teenage years. These coddled little brats now have raging hormones, access to everything, and no sense of civic duty,
respect, or dignity. Their sense of self-worth, their self esteem, was in those damned participation trophies that stopped coming one day with no
notice or warning. So they act out the way they always have only this time they get teased and laughed at instead of coddled and placated with shiny
toys. Their world is broken. They aren't being treated with the respect and dignity they grew up believing was automatically bestowed upon their
person just for being there. Cracks start to form in the foundation. It has begun.
2. If you raise a generation of children who were never punished for acting out and believe they deserve everything they want, you have raised a
generation of a$$holes who will be very angry when they realize life doesn't work that way.
About this time you are probably thinking these are very small catalysts trying to explain very large behavioral problems. You are right. It is bigger
than just these things. But together they start to become a powerful force.
Misdirected efforts. Resources to combat these problems and find solutions are limited. Every time those resources are misdirected the solution to the
problem gets further and further away. The Chicago effect. Something bad happens. The knee-jerk reaction: lets make guns more illegal than they
already are. Nothing accomplished but wasting time and resources. When someone commits a crime using a firearm on average between 10 and 15 laws are
broken, most of them felonies. Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, discharging a weapon within city limits, illegally owned or concealed weapons, etc,
etc, etc. Murder is illegal 15 different ways and we are powerless to stop it. Please explain why if it were illegal 16 ways things would be
different. But don't forget, when it was illegal 3 ways we thought 4 would solve the problem...and so on.
3. If your solution hasn't worked for the last 50 years its time to try a new solution.
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