In the latest school shooting, President Obama sums up what many of us believe. From the NY Daily News:
It was the 74th shooting at an American school since the December 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School — and the 37th just this year, according to a tally by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America…
“This is not acceptable, this is not normal,” he said in a Tumblr chat. “We’re the only developed country on Earth where this happens and it happens now once a week and it’s a one-day story.”
Gun violence in America, Obama said, is “off the charts.”
“There’s no advanced, developed country on Earth that would put up with this,” he said. “This is becoming the norm and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me . . . If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change.”
While some people think mental illness is the problem, Obama said, “The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people.” The problem, Obama said, is the availability of guns and “this country has to do a lot of soul searching.”
They really are going by in a blur, all of these school shootings. But blaming the guns misses the mark by a mile.
WHY are these shootings taking place, and WHY now?
We have tighter restrictions on gun purchase and ownership than in any time in America. There is a seeming proportionality between restrictions and violence, but even that cannot explain the motives. Where motive is concerned, there is no one, single, prognosticator. It is rather akin to looking at a painting and taking it all in at once. The components defy logical analysis of themselves and only function in a unified and organic wholeness with one another.
Obama is too myopically focussed on the gun to see the coarsening to life that he himself has championed his whole adult life. He fails to see the 57 million babies torn apart in abortion.
He fails to see the overwhelming majority (~80%) of post-abortive mothers with psychological sequelae.
He fails to see an African American community decimated by 15 million missing members from abortion.
He fails to see the victims of his health legislation who have lost their physicians and their health policies and consequently their cancer therapies.
He fails to see violent video games that are virtual training academies for the real-life violence in our schools.
He fails to see a medical community increasingly lazy and given to passive and active euthanasia.
He fails to see his own failures at stemming the tide of illegal drugs.
He fails to see his Hollywood pals and their culpability in producing a river of filth.
He fails to see the effects of pornography on the devaluation of both men and women.
He fails to see his role in destroying the economic girders that produce jobs, which give young people hope and purpose.
He fails to see how rampant teenage promiscuity factors into young people regarding one another more as objects that exist solely for one’s personal pleasure than as peers to be cherished, and cheerleads Planned Parenthood as they prey upon our children.
He fails to see the abdication of parental responsibility in raising children and overseeing their progress in school.
He fails to see that he presides over a nation that has lost everything:
Standing in the world.
Sense of mission and purpose.
And worst of all, the very thing he campaigned to restore… HOPE.
So myopically focussed on the guns in this portrait of modern America is our president, that he sees nothing else. The proximal and distal causes all collapse into one dimension with him. Such a man is incapable of leadership, and as we have seen since the beginning, can only blame everyone else for the difficulties over which he presides.
But blaming Obama is as myopic as the president’s vision.
We have brought all of this upon ourselves. We live in a constitutional republic: limited powers to government with elected officials. We have been too narcissistic and hedonistic to care about the destruction wrought by these men and women who come from us, and are a reflection of us. We have lived lives, as a people, that are out of control and have raised children in a coarsened and calloused environment of our own making.
We did this, collectively.
The gun is an afterthought.
The only difference between the victims of Columbine, Sandy Hook, the other school shootings, and the 57 million butchered babies is that these children in school were wanted children.
That’s how to spell “Calloused” and “Hedonistic”.
That’s the America Obama can’t see.