Saturday, March 03, 2018
Gun Confiscation As A Fool's Errand: Realistic Solutions to the Gun Violence
Another interesting factor is that these children often felt as if they were outsiders; somehow "weird" or ignored; not taken seriously. For them, violence seemed to be their only answer; their only solution if you will. It brought them attention. It rid themselves of those who refused to accept them. As for the suicide at the end, that too seemed fitting. After all, if they felt they "didn't belong", then what was death to them but a quickening of a fate they knew they were destined for anyway. As for the adults, again we see individuals who suffer from some sort of mental illness, usually some type of identity crisis, which is treated with some form of psychotropic drug. I can't explain why this is. I'm neither a psychologist nor someone who treats mental illnesses. However, I am a keen observer of people and of cause and effect. I am also very familiar with history.
The ancient Greeks felt that a state at war for too long became immune to it; "drunk on blood" as the saying went (some have argued that was one of the reasons for Sparta's furious reputation. It's population was desensitized to the bloodshed; their famous red capes being the color of blood). We hear of the brutality of the Roman Legions, and indeed, some of the Caesars, which over time, not just desensitized the populace to violence, but actually created a craving for it---"The Games".
America, perhaps more so than most countries, is a nation of "latchkey" children; children which basically raise themselves, with either both parents working full time jobs while trying to carve out some type of "personal" life to parents in name only. Thus, the kid is left to occupy themselves, which is sometimes when the trouble begins. Meanwhile there are those individuals who were little more than children when they found out they were about to become mothers or fathers themselves. Most are usually poor, willfully uneducated (meaning they blew off school intentionally), come from broken and often abusive homes, and live off the charity of taxpayers, churches, or other social organizations. Rampant drug and alcohol use is commonplace, as is crime and gangs.
What does this all have to go with gun violence in our schools (or in society in general)? Several things. First, owning a gun is not the problem. Americans have owned guns from the beginning. At one time, some schools even offered gun safety classes (of course, they also required civics classes too). I do agree that the age limit to buy a rifle and pistol should be same and equal to whatever draft registration age is (if you can carry one on behalf of the government, you can carry one as a citizen too). I think that there should be a mandatory gun safety class with each purchase, and yes, I think civics should be brought back too. Children, especially young adults, need to understand what the Constitution and Bill of Rights are from both a scholastic and practical sense.
If you brought a child into this world, then guess what---you're responsible for them. Not strangers. Not your parents or grandparents. Not society. It doesn't take a "village". It takes a active and interested parent. So grow up. Pull your pants up, and step up. Therefore, I think parenting classes should be required to. I don't care who offers it---churches, schools, some social service agency---just as long as everyone attends in order to graduate high school. Perhaps the classes could even start in junior high school---whatever it takes.
Ultimately, therefore, the increase in gun violence, be it in schools or even by the police, may be the result of a society which has become "blood drunk" like the Romans and other had before us (of course, kids taught to challenge or runaway from the cops doesn't help either). Perhaps we've become immune to seeing violence, real or fake (which is increasingly harder to discern between the two). America has already been at war for longer than at any point in its history, and it shows no signs of abating. If anything, this manufactured "War on Terror" is designed to be nearly as eternal as any government bureaucracy.
People seem to have either forgotten or chosen to ignore the fact that we are not the America our Founders created. We are not a Constitutional or democratic republic, no matter how many times we pretend it is. Wishing it was still so won't bring it back. Sorry folks. America is an Oligarchy; a plutocracy with an ever expanding surveillance/police state. There is "Them" and there is "Us". There are rules and laws for both, but they aren't equal or always just. For the ruling class, treason is laughed off as naive. For us, it's unpatriotic, "Un-American", and criminal. Paying one's "fair share" of taxes is for chumps. Corporations are now people, but only more so. Money is "free speech", especially in politics---except yours and mine are still capped; limited.
Just like your video games, you can strafe the fleeing baddies or even launch missile strikes and blown them to bits, and all in real time and in vivid 3D color! At the end of your shift, you get to go home (possibly playing your latest video game as leave---stop for something to eat with your friends, and then back home. However, there's one key exception. Instead of simply color pixels flashing and disappearing from the screen, real flesh and blood human beings are dying or dead. In this "video game", there is no reset; no "redo". There is no coming back from the dead. While you eat, the buzzards do too. Not a pleasant thought is it?
I've often wondered what America would be like if part of that 50% went toward schools. After all, a well educated citizenry is critical for the protection of any nation. Maybe additional school programs could be added, like those mentioned earlier, and perhaps others such arts, history, critical thinking, debate, writing, English, as well as more trade schools. Surely these are things which make for a stronger country.
The weapons aren't the problem dear reader. They are neither good or bad. Their appearance is neither good or bad. It's the person with their finger on the trigger and their intentions. More often than not, that individual's intentions are benign. When it's not, it's usually for self defense. However, it's those who are planning evil that we hear about, which is to be expected. Death, for the time being, still shocks us. I hope it never stops shocking us.
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