Here we go. In Santa Fe, TX, apparently eight students have been killed and the shooter apprehended in another round of school shootings. This is a tragedy, no doubt. The taking of innocent life in such an environment is horrific, and a culture that breeds people to take these lives is disgusting.
Yet, the only lectures we are going to get is that guns are bad. Guns are not bad in and of themselves. But when they come into the hands of people with bad intentions, they do become dangerous. That has always been true, and it will always be true.
But what we have now is distinctly different. Its not different because bad people getting guns and doing bad things is new, its different because out society does not make good people, or at least it allows far more bad or indifferent people.
Take, for instance, the recent scandal of Pres. Trump’s calling MS13 members animals. They are horrible people, but too many people in the media and on the political left in the United States have corroded that remark to suggest Trump demeans all immigrants by calling them all animals.
This trend does not help. This is only exaggeration, ignoring the real problems. And by doing that, people become callous to true harmful behavior. Its not just video games and movies, though those surely contribute. I think it is mostly pontificating on things that don’t matter or that are grossly incorrect, like the manipulation of Trumps gang comments.
And that is what we will continue to see here. We will not see people talk about the real issues, like respecting other people, responsibility to promote healthy children and young adults, etc. No, we will hear talk about how bad guns are and how we need to get rid of them.
Meanwhile, our youth and our culture becomes more calloused over the real solutions to end these tragedies.
Mark my words, and you don’t have to be too bright to see this: there will only be more tragedies until we can fix the mental and emotional state of our society, and that will require addressing these other issues, not getting rid of guns.