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Digging deeper – it isn’t just about school shootings.

February 17, 2018

Someone messaged me about yesterdays lead article and asked why I wanted to enable “more police interference in our lives.”

Really?

First of all, taking a potential school shooter off the streets is kind of why we have police in the first place. Second, this would be proactive legislation.

The type of law I proposed would require an actual threat before it went into effect, but it would  solve the problem of providing entry-level prosecutable probable cause so the police could act.

Having said that, in this specific case it now appears that the local LEOS in Parkland as well as the FBI already had probable cause to arrest the shooter and review his online presence, if for no other reason than he was a danger to himself

It has been reported that the police made a reported 36, count them, 36 trips out to this shooter’s  residence. If they had grounds to search his house and his computer, he could have been stopped before he could buy a gun or make a bomb.

Guns aren’t fired by robots. That’s why such sterling examples of liberal logic as Donnie Deutsch or Chelsea Handler have it wrong.

Let’s make no mistake, what many anti-gun people want is total gun confiscation, and they aren’t above using the same sort of disinformation campaign as we accuse the Russians of doing during the election. Indeed one of these reports was given four Pinocchios by the Washington Post, and yet was still on serial replay across the internet and the MSM yesterday.

Some of them probably truly believe that would stop any mass killings. They apparently have amnesia about the Boston bombing, 9/11, or the New York City truck killings.

Even if it’s only about assault weapons, we’ve banned assault weapons before, from 1994 to 2004, and it didn’t stop people from being shot, as shown by a study done in 2003. The Florida shooter could have just as well had a pump shotgun loaded with double-ought buckshot as an AR.  Believe me when I say that would have had the same result as did the semi-automatic weapon.

In yesterdays post I said that some questions weren’t so easily answered with a law.

One of them is:

“What the hell has happened to our country’s values?”

Yesterday the news broke that the Russians have been running a highly sophisticated cyber warfare campaign to cause disruption in our society since 2014. That’s not where all this hate and discontent started.

To the extent that their operation was successful, it almost says less about Russia than it does about us.

When I was growing up in the 1950’s  there were at least as many guns in homes as there are now, partially because of WWII and the Korean War. Servicemen brought them home or bought them, but they knew how to handle them. More importantly, they taught their kids respect for them.

I’ve told this story before, but what’s lacking now is accountability and discipline, and banning guns or trashing President Trump isn’t going to solve the problem.

The first time I ever saw or heard a gun fired, my Dad took me with him when he was asked to put down the neighbor’s dog. I think I was five or six (imagine the uproar if he was to do that today). I knew from that moment on that when you pointed a gun at something and pulled the trigger that something died.

We had several  hunting rifles and two handguns in the house and I knew never to touch them unless my parents said I could. I got my first gun before I was even a teenager, but I didn’t play with it. It stayed on the rack in the closet until my Dad took it down when we went hunting or to the gun range.

That was pretty much true for every kid I knew, and none of us turned into mass murderers.

So what happened?

For one thing, Viet Nam happened, and it became trendy to portray the military as crazed killers, much as the police are portrayed now.

Drug use increased partially because of Viet Nam (where many soldiers picked up their habit, not in a doctor’s office) but also when escapism became the method of dealing with life’s hard problems, often with a joint in hand.

It also became OK to have unprotected sex or a baby out of wedlock. Supposedly that was so women would have the same rights as men, in an early display of equal rights(?) for women.

Family abandonment, including withholding financial support, was another one of those arcane Christian notions that people thought were too restraining. Today  the CDC says 40.3% of all children are born out of wedlock and the number of two-parent households has decreased from 88% to 69%.

Then there is our national addiction to keeping our noses and eyes glued to our phones. Tech companies knew what they were doing when they invented a way to stop us from interacting with each other on a personal level. It’s a lot safer to post threats to shoot up a school online than it is to say it to a real person.

And finally there is the constant political correctness that prevents us from even calling evil by name for fear of hurting someone’s feelings.

We need to cut out the PC BS.  One young lady was so aware of being PC that while being interviewed on TV as an eyewitness to seeing her friends shot mere hours before, she qualified a perfectly rational comment she made about the shooter by saying “I don’t want to be mean.”

Which brings us to the current disdain for religion, as portrayed so ably by the mush-for-brains hosts on The View.

Whether people like it or not, our Judeo-Christian roots provided us with limits on behavior, and limits are things too many people don’t think should apply to them.

Even people who don’t choose to belong to a specific faith or even to believe in a higher power still benefit from the religion-based laws that form the basis of our legal system.  You know, like the one that says “Thou shalt not kill”?

To make a long story short, the nation has lost much of both its moral character  and common sense.

I’m not sure what law you can pass to get that back, but I’m damned sure we better change the landscape, before all we have is a country that functions like Venezuela.

From → op-ed

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