Once again a Colorado school is the scene of gun violence. And once again there is a hue and cry for more gun control.
Americans, for the most part, have become lazy and apathetic. Rather than accept any personal responsibility they cry out for the government to fix the problem. Stores are full of toy guns that shoot airsoft pellets, designed so that children and adults for that matter can shoot each other without causing serious harm. Paintball guns are increasingly popular; the goal is to shoot the other person with a paint projectile, signifying wounding or death. Parents, too lazy or self consumed to otherwise occupy a child's free time, plant them in front of extremely violent video games where the high score is achieved by the greatest number of kills, carried out in the bloodiest manner.
The public school system, decimated by years of manipulation by recessive gene social scientists, no longer teaches the Golden Rule. The schools try to teach algebra before multiplication, reading without spelling and when a student doesn't fit the mean average of bell curve conformity they're forced to take mood altering drugs such as Ritalin. A majority of the mass shootings in the past 15 years were carried out by young boys or men who had previously been on these mood-altering drugs — I haven't heard a call to ban their use. Why not?
And then one day a horrific monster appears and carries out a massacre in a school, theater or other public place. The subsequent public reaction is to focus the blame on an inanimate object — the gun. If only we eliminate all guns the problem will go away.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The second amendment, second in importance only to the right of free speech, is not about hunting, it's about the right of individual protection. All rights require responsibility.
Our society needs to take a good hard look at the individual responsibility of teaching our children to respect each other, to recognize the need for personal discipline and a clear understanding of the difference between right and wrong.