I've been reading about the gun control issue for months now and can't understand why anybody, for or against stricter gun laws, would think that new laws will make a difference. We have to do more than apply this Band-aid approach and get to the root of the problem.
Those individuals who commit these heinous crimes are not suddenly going to stop and think, "Oh I can't do that, it's against the law." We have to ask ourselves: "What are the changes that have taken place in our society in the last 50 plus years?"
Well, we have taken prayer out of our schools and the public square for the most part. Our children grow up inundated with violent behavior through video games, movies and TV shows. but, more importantly, it's what they are learning in our schools. They're being taught to have an open mind, that their opinion is just as important as others, to feel good about themselves and that they are all winners. Even in sports they have programs where both sides win. All well and good but this sort of mentoring has its drawbacks.
First of all, psychologists tell us that within the first 2-5 years of age, abut 90 percent of a person's personality is formed. Therefore, if all our children get out of their formative years is nothing but positive feedback, how will they ever be able to handle the negatives associated with growing up in an imperfect world? What we see now is when they're confronted with their first disappointment, rejection or not getting their way, or any number of other situations, they don't know how to deal with it. They were never taught that failure is part of life and being able to get through a negative spot can add up to success in the long run. Instead, their formative years kick in, they get down and throw a tantrum or in severe cases, revert to violence. And, this is what we may be experiencing today, failure to cope.
When we realize that we can't legislate moral behavior and obedience to the law, perhaps we will start to accept this current liberal approach. Stricter gun laws aren't going to work. Admit our mistakes and get to the root of it, the formative years when character is developed to handle the good and the bad. Then maybe we can see violent crime diminish, if not wiped out.