The Senate has a limited view of what could be done to quell violence in America. Some feel that the only thing to do is enact more strict gun control laws. So, this…
“…Debate over the measures consumed the Senate on Wednesday, with speeches from both sides meant to stir emotions. “I choose to vote my conscience,” Mr. Reid said, announcing his decision to vote for the bans on assault weapons and magazines that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition, “because, if tragedy strikes again — if innocents are gunned down in a classroom or a theater or a restaurant — I could not live with myself as a father, as a husband, as a grandfather or as a friend knowing that I didn’t do everything in my power to prevent it.””
There are other measures that could be taken,
For example, set a better example. The large number of examples of police violence that we know about cannot teach anyone to use other, less violent methods, to resolve disputes.
It also cannot help matters that we live in a police/surveillance state where all of our communications are monitored.
Nor can it help that so many people are out of work, underemployed, or working at undesirable menial labor.
Nor can it help that so many people are languishing in prison for whatever reason without any hope that their lives will be any better when or if they ever get out.
It is also curious that no one is addressing the issues around the reasons there are so many of these shooters. It has been claimed that many if not most have been on prescribed anti-depressant medications and that it is these drugs which have set these people off. The fact that this is not an issue reflects the occult power of the pharmaceutical industry in our politics.
Finally, it cannot be that the people can be blamed so much for violence in general when they are under the stress of so much poverty, a failed democracy, and bad examples from their leaders. The guns, or the knives, or the baseball bats, cannot be blamed for the violence, or the ferocity of the violence when, in fact, they are just inanimate objects. Instead, I want to blame the lesson that our culture teaches everyone, that life is cheap, that individuals don’t matter much in the big picture, and that appeals to morality, justice, or even practicality, can make no…nada… difference to someone who thinks that if they control enough violence, sneakiness, and deceit, they can get done anything that they want.
These are the lessons that our country lives by, and they are why we will continue to have social conflict well into the future until somehow, they are countered.