Want to stop school shootings? End the American death culture
By Marshall Connolly (Catholic Online)
3/20/2018 (4 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
Another school shooting took place this morning at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland. Several students were injured and transported to the hospital. The situations was quickly contained. Events such as these are commonplace in the United States, but the media grapple with understanding the cause. Yet, the cause has been known for decades. America has embraced a culture of death, where the lives of people, especially children have diminished value.
School shootings are the product of American culture.
LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - With the news of another school shooting this morning, the gun debate will flare up once again. This will happen at the same time a serial bomber is setting bombs off across Austin, Texas.
Today's shooting happened just four days before a march in Washington D.C., where thousands of students will march to support more restrictions on firearms. Tens of thousands of students also walked out of their classes on March 14 to protest gun violence.
In response, conservatives have proposed arming teachers. The idea is ridiculous. At which point we are debating arming schoolteachers to defend children from violence, something has gone terribly wrong in society.
The problem is American culture. And this is just the beginning.
The United States is the only nation with a problem with mass shootings. Mass killings do happen elsewhere, but they are rare. In the United States, a shooting happens in a school each week. Mass shootings happen daily in the United States.
The media often blames the guns, which are part of the problem, but they are not the problem in and of themselves. Guns are simply tools. Their ubiquity in the United States makes the problem worse, but it is not the cause of the problem.
The cause of violence in America is the culture. The United States legalized abortion in 1973. Once the murder of unborn children was made legal, things only became worse. Add violence in video games, music, and television, and now two generations of children have grown up with violence as a daily staple. A third generation is now growing in this environment, and for them the culture of death is normal.
The United States has a poor record on healthcare and mental health. The nation also has a problem with drugs, both legal and illegal. There is a debate if psychoactive medications are responsible for kids who become homicidal.
Pharmaceuticals are also entering the water supply possibly affecting some vulnerable people.
There is a problem with divorce in the United States. Many mass shooters have no father figure in the home.
There is confusion sown over gender issues in the United States. Masculinity is considered "toxic" and the number of healthy male role-models is few.
Americans are turning to atheism and agnosticism. They are dropping out of church.
All these factors and more are rendering people more likely to choose violence to resolve their frustrations. The guns only make acting out easier.
Gun laws might help if they keep firearms out of the hands of children and other people who are mentally immature or unstable. But there is a much larger problem. America is a death cult. Murder is called "choice." We poison our bodies and our environment. We teach boys that being a man is bad, and we teach them to loathe their masculinity. Instead of teaching boys to become protectors of society, we teach them they are rapists and perpetrators. Rather than channel their tendencies towards responsibility, we fill them with guilt and doubt and insecurities. We teach them it is okay to change sex and to mutilate their bodies, and we praise them for doing so.
Then keep firearms near at hand.
America needs prayer and a return to morality. We can pass gun laws, but without ending our death culture by stopping abortion, divorce, and the insanity which has percolated through our culture and educationals systems, we will still have violence and death in our schools.
This is what it looks like when you pump a generation of children so full of evil. We will reap what we sow, for in time this generation will inherit political power and choose the conditions of our retirement. They will provide our care in our old age. Don't pretend to be shocked at what happens next.
We had better pray and act now, while there is still time.
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
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