There are no words that can be typed in this space that will either make sense of the tragedy befallen the residents of Newtown, Connecticut yesterday, nor would they provide comfort for anyone reading.
The shooting that took the lives of 28 people – 20 of which were innocent children – will never be understood, and it will never be made better for the victim’s families.
Demonstrating that this type of violence isn’t solely an American problem, or a gun-control problem, 22 children in China were also slashed yesterday by a knife-wielding lunatic at an elementary school in China.
Hell of a day, humanity.
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Sadly, before the bodies have been buried, or the families have had time to comprehend their losses, we have the usual gun-control suspects piling on, taking advantage of the tragedy in Newtown.
I ask: Could somebody please identify one law that would have stopped yesterday’s shooting? One law that would actually matter to somebody already hell-bent on breaking the law, willing to murder so many people?
Murderers do not adhere to laws – law-abiding citizens do.
A law to further disarm Americans will only serve to disarm one side. Good people will be even more defenseless and – surprise – the lunatics will still get their guns. Drugs are illegal (in most states) and yet they still circulate to those willing to break the law and use them. Weapons will be no different.
I make these statements without a horse in the race. I have never owned a gun, and don’t anticipate owning one any time in the future. But there is a reality in this debate that simply isn’t being accepted.
The problem here is that people are not forced to take responsibility for their actions in today’s society. Safety nets designed to help good people are no longer safety nets, they are hammocks.
Not willing to work to find a job after a layoff? Here’s two years worth of unemployment. Not willing to work hard to earn good grades? We’ll lower the expectations and shove you through the education system. Not willing to diet and exercise to lose weight? We’ll decide what you eat. Not willing to accept that having sex may result in pregnancy? We’ll allow you the chance to terminate your baby.
Nowhere is this excuse-driven society more evident than in yesterday’s tragedy. The shooter is offered a free pass while other things are blamed – guns, drugs, psychological disorders, tough upbringing, etc.
The individual gets a pass. The human being who took the actions, gets a pass. Whenever something like this comes down to a debate between the person who committed the act and some sort of inanimate object such as a gun, the inanimate object always gets far more blame.
This is an overall societal issue that trickles down to the individual. There is no personal responsibility anymore, and that is why these things occur, it is why they escalate each time, and it is why they will continue. Yesterday’s events show this to be true – everyone in America is debating gun-control laws, the use of psychological medications, security systems in schools. The individual, and whether he is simply evil, is overlooked.
Until that changes, these terrible stories will continue. The only way to fight them is to bring back individual responsibility. Repercussions for a person’s actions. Admitting that good and evil do exist in the world today.
Otherwise, I’ll be typing the same phrase again a year or two down the line…
Hell of a day, humanity.
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