The problem of alienated, often fatherless young men espousing either hateful extremism or nihilistic meaninglessness who aim their anger and violence at the defenseless … that’s not government caused, and it can’t be government fixed.
Those tasks belong to the very institutions that have been dismissed and even dismantled across our society: The family and the Church.
Pursuant to recent instances of mass shootings, people have naturally exhibited sadness and sympathy. Many have also, as historically expected, engaged in anti Second Amendment rhetoric. However, as Rush Limbaugh noted:
There isn’t a thing they can do regarding gun legislation that would stop these shootings, because it’s not gun legislation that is responsible for it. The one thing none of this ever takes into account — you can ban guns left and right. You can take guns away from the law-abiding all day. People who intend, who have made up their minds to use guns in a criminal way are going to find them. They are, by definition, criminals.
Violent crime happens everyday, especially in cities such as Chicago – the Murder Capital of America. Fatherless homes without an authority figure, alcohol and drug abuse, the societal devaluation of human life propagated through legalized abortion, violence in the theater and video games at home…etc.
Everybody just wants to think we’re doing something about it, “even if it doesn’t matter, we want to do something.” Because of the psychological need to do something.
The problem isn’t guns, knives, or other implements from which to do harm; it is a fundamental disrespect for the intrinsic value of human life, and a failure to effectively elevate morality in the hearts and minds of American youth.
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