Five years after 20 first-graders and six educators were massacred at Sandy Hook, some things haven't changed: Families still "miss desperately" their children, and a gutless, NRA-bought Congress still failed to pass 100 gun control bills. But some things have: 400 advocates are running for office, and families intent on honoring those lost have started foundations, scholarships, support programs because, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
The sickness has pervaded practically the entire US political system and general social order. Love for fire arms and distruction of individual lives is just one manifestation of the general, social malaise. No other nation on this Earth displays the social dysfunction that the general public of the United States displays. While the possibility of either a nuclear war and the ensuing radioactive environmental winter or the demise of all but a few primitive living organisms on the planet due to terrestrial overheating, the population of the fading hegemon wrings it’s hands over a myriad of individual symptoms.
As W. B. Yeats wrote in the poem, The Second Coming,
“…things fall apart. the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,…”
We are there folks.
An excellent post Rich! At some point, our society must come to grips with its sickness, or perish.
There are two anti-gun propositions I’ve been stating for some time that seem to be ignored even by Common Dreams readers and Sandy Hook survivors.
People who possess a gun, especially a handgun or an assault weapon, inevitably contemplate that it could be used to kill people. In a few cases this reaches the level of addiction. The Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, and Sutherland Springs shooters exhibited clear signs of gun addiction. Drug and alcohol addicts subordinate positive human emotions to satisfying the addition. They risk overdosing by ingesting the substance even while knowing that it could kill them. With gun addicts, mass murder is like overdosing by drug addicts. Gun addiction is the cause when there’s no rational reason to shoot most, if not all, victims who happen to be present when the gun addict finally overdoses. Another sure sign of gun addition is the shooter going on a murderous rampage knowing that in the end he’s going to die, either by suicide or being shot. Once we recognize gun addiction, we’ll be better able to do something about it before the addict overdoses, instead of just waiting for the ultimate overdose episode.
The increasing availability of guns in our society has significantly reduced our freedom and quality of life. We’re less free if we have to carry guns and constantly check to be sure no one with a more powerful gun could get the drop on us. We have to spend time and money if we have guns in our homes to prevent children, who don’t understand the inherent danger of firearms, from getting hold of them (not to mention the mentally ill, intoxicated persons, etc). Criminals shouldn’t be allowed to possess guns, but non-criminals who possess guns help supply criminals who steal them. People can’t drive a car while intoxicated, but can carry a loaded gun while intoxicated, and travel is increasingly dangerous because road rage is punctuated by gunfire. Even freedom of speech is compromised, because saying something that would irritate a person with a gun is very risky. Adding guns to a dispute with family or neighbors is like pouring gasoline on a fire. All of these are serious problems that those of us who value human life and freedom must work to address with education and legislation.