What Has Happened to the Moral Character of Our Guns?Submitted by Molusk on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 21:58
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.