Here we go again… Yet another mass murder. President Obama said,
Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it [has become routine]. We've become numb to this. We talked about this after Columbine, and Blacksburg, after Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston.
ROUTINE!!! We live in a country where mass murder is routine! What is the problem???
Pretty much everyone agrees this is a problem… But there are widely divergent ideas about the root cause of this problem. Pacifists (like me) say we have too many guns, and it is too easy for people who shouldn’t have guns to get them. Pro-gun advocates say guns aren’t the problem. They say, “Guns don’t kill people… people kill people.” Well… I gotta say, when I think about it, it does seem to me that people really are at the root of this problem. More about that in a minute…
Now… before all you gun control people start railing at me for acknowledging an idea from the pro-gun folks, let me just say that I am a strong advocate for gun control. I really do think some kinds of gun control will mitigate this problem. So I’m all for that… But it won’t completely solve the problem because it doesn’t address the root cause of the problem. So, arguing for and against gun control is NOT the point of this article. The point of my article is to shed a little light on what I see as the root cause of this problem. So I would appreciate it if anyone who chooses to leave a comment on this article would keep their comments focus on what I will propose as the root cause of this problem.
Back to “Guns don’t kill people… people kill people.” That is absolutely true. So… Is there a common thread that ties all of the “people” who kill people together? I think so. Some people will say it’s mental illness. Well… In some cases that’s true. But unless we are going to widely broaden the definition of mental illness, there are still many mentally “normal” people who kill people. So what is it??? One thing that seems to be universally common to all people who commit this kind of mass murder is… anger. Well, DUH!!! That seems so obvious that it might be easily dismissed. But should we look at where that anger comes from??? Should we consider whether these people might be less inclined to commit these heinous acts if they were, at the very least, less angry???
We live in a society that says it is not only okay to be angry… it says we should be angry… We live in a society that foments and nurtures anger… a society manipulated by people peddling anger and hatred to forward their own personal agendas.
How many of these mass murderers have committed their crime with love for others filling their heart???
Let’s be clear… this anger and hatred disease infects people of all ideological stripes. Some people may say, “It’s the other side that has most of the mass murders.” Even if that’s true, and I’m not sure it is, that really isn’t relevant! ANYONE throwing hate bombs is just throwing gasoline on the anger and hatred fire that is burning this country down!!!
If you really want to solve the mass murder problem we have here in America, start loving, accepting, and cooperating with others… especially with the people who are most different from you. And at the same time discourage the promulgation of hatred… stop nurturing anger… and do that especially with people who are most like you.