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What Has Happened to the Moral Character of Our Guns?

Recently, a boy walked into his school, leveled his rifle, took aim, and coldbloodedly shot a teacher and 2 of his fellow children. He wanted to kill them.

What are we to make of this?

Our guns never used to behave like this. We need to think clearly and hard on why this has happened.

For centuries, we were a nation of happy, well adjusted guns. Our guns did not just up and kill except in self defense, or in war, or in the occasional bout of drunken bravado. Never for sheer joy or the love of hatred.

We need to know our guns, understand their inner world, try to find out what pain drives them to such depths of depravity, while we look on in confused horror.

Is it the erosion of religious belief among guns -- a faith in a knowing God, divine justice, in a purpose in life? Does the death of God in our culture explain the moral desolation of our guns?

Is it the influence of violent, dehumanizing video games? Can it be that hours and hours of focus on the task of killing others in a virtual reality has made our guns detached from the real pain and consequences of their acts, blurred their ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality?

Is it the fact that so many of our guns grow up in loveless, broken homes, raised by absent single parents and bereft of the attention, bonding and discipline that comes from the love and presence of a mother, and the guidance of a stern and loving father?

Are our guns unable to form the emotionally healthy core that enables love of others and the emotional security to endure pain and conflict in society? Without a healthy home, do our guns find themselves unable to cope in the harsher external reality?

Is it the absence of a broader, embracing community in the lives of young guns, rifles and propulsion weapons that has engendered a sense of deep alienation, and stunted their ability to form a sense of moral obligation, love and identity -- a sense of belonging with the greater society of their peers?

Or is it the chemically polluted and GMO ridden gun oil, the unnatural additives with which we despoil healthy, growing guns in their youth, in order to try to control their minds, their temperament, their behavior, their natural proclivities? And all for paltry, selfish reasons of academic performance, easier parenting, promoting docility over discipline and rote memorization in a drugged state over learning and interest.

America, our guns are not well.

We need to come to grips with the facts and really try to understand the deeper causes of this troubling and truly horrific behavior -- and not just blame it on an easy, convenient, inanimate scapegoat, like guns.

Peace.



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This is really very good.

When I forwarded to my family, this was the reply I got from my oldest brother:

I like the approach the author takes. Very much a true story. Chris' [his wife] dad ordered a 22 rifle from the Sears catalog as a boy. No federal paperwork or background check - just sent for it in the mail. He would take the gun to school, imagine that. The rifle was left outside, leaning against the wall of the one-room schoolhouse. Fresh rabbit or squirrel made a good dinner, especially during the Great Depression. He, and the other farm boys, would take their rifles and hunt for rabbits and squirrels on the walk back home. The guns always were "well behaved."

It's the fire

My guess is the tempering process of the metal when put in the fiery furnace.

Rumor has it that they are making the firing process a bit longer and therefore the sudden change in personality.

That extra time in the fire has got to do something drastic to your temperament!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

They are going off and casting themselves into the hands

of angry and frustrated men , hoping that the "good and happy " people will confiscate them and help them to be re-incarnated as plowshares or plow apparatus of some type.

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

It could be the

It could be the prozac-contaminated water used in the process of creating polymer.

Ooooo it feels good to be

Ooooo it feels good to be back on the front page. 20 votes? Damn I got a lot of downvote groupies. Suck it, b1tches! Football spike and dance... No, thank you thank you. I love you.

Happy Halloween!

I'm going to a Halloween party tonight dressed as Che Guevara and I tried to buy a plastic toy machine gun to use as a prop for my costume. Problem is is I had to submit to a background check that comes with a mandatory 5 day waiting period. :(

Ed Rombach

SSRI's - Bill, I guess you have been out of the loop?

Here is a list of SSRI related school violence posted at the end of 2012. And I don't get the humor post.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022021581

Though I am surprised that you missed the obvious connection. The MSM doesn't help in regards to these facts, since big pharma is their number one meal ticket.

Those poor AR-15s never had a chance.

We have to consider the troubled childhoods that most of our guns suffered. What right have we to blame them for the culture of poverty and hate that we've all contributed to. We need a new tax to pay for programs to rehabilitate our guns!!!

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton

I think it was all

that time spent locked up, sealed in a case, alone in the dark.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

*downvotes*

*downvotes*

;)

Oh I forgot to say jk

Well done, BILL3

Aren't these fun?

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

A Million Up Votes

If I could

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

A million thanks. It's

A million thanks.

It's physically sickening how suddenly people lose interest in a tragedy once they find out it didn't involve guns. Apparently the issue of children wanting to kill dozens of their peers isn't a major concern if guns aren't involved.

Better check on the spoons

Better check on the spoons too, I hear they're making people fat and giving them diabetes.

I can see that headline now:

Bipartisan Spoon Control Act Aims to Reduce Diabetes Epidemic

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus