The latest in Newton, Connecticut, left at least 26 dead, more than half young children. The horror! The killer, another young white male, out of his mind, who really knows why. There have been countless meaningless rampages like this one recently, from Columbine, the Batman theater shootings, mall shootings, other school shootings, work place shootings and even here in Kansas City at Ward Parkway. And don’t forget the political shootings, like Arizona and of course the bombings of government buildings. All by Americans.
Maybe we’re more dangerous than the terrorists?
Why? Why? Why? We ask. There is no simple answer. No there is no way to stop this from continuing. Gun control is like “THE WAR ON DRUGS.” Come on, they’re everywhere. You can go down to the hood and get all the guns you want.
One first step would be having undercover agents spend more time buying those illegal guns, then weed and other drugs that have been out there forever. But that’s still not the answer.
We live in a society that’s stressed out, including some of the most successful Americans. To the point of murder, suicide and taking innocent lives. The economy, the piling bills everyone has, the appetite for winning in life beyond what most of us can ever hope to achieve has been the major cause of this violence.
I have written about this several times. The trusty computer age has been one of the major reasons. Texting, online social media, so on – we don’t talk anymore. Young people have fewer real friends, just pretend friends. Even with that raise at work, I’m still broke, I didn’t live up to my parents expectations, my wife left me because we were having financial issues, I just can’t cope with the world anymore!
These are the reasons. Gun control? Well you can use that as a pretend fix it card.
When the economy began to fail at the end of the 90’s many predicted higher crime rates and more insanity. Well, it’s here.
Many will call it mental illness. However there is a cause to mental illness. Bad parenting for one. Many of us can’t make it day to day in life with all the stress and poor choices which makes it hard to raise children to be normal. It’s swept the nation to a certain extent.
The moms and dads are absent, messed up on booze and drugs, broke, themselves driven to be mentally ill because of all mentioned herein. Even with parents who are winners with money and fame, it still happens. Why? They’re too self involved to do even better at work and have no time for their children.
Yes, even in Hollywood and on the big stage of the sports media we see signs of the same insanity. We just had an example in Kansas City a couple weeks ago with the Chiefs murder/suicide. Anger, hate, disconnect, not measuring up, not ready to be a parent. Same concept, except with a life that seemed to have led to success. The stress was still there. “I’m not good enough.” Most of the hate in these cases is aimed at themselves.
Stop the violent video games that make kids feel shooting and killing is a game.
Not allowing the news media to show the daily violence on television. Slow down the hard hitting violence of the NFL and now NBA?
But no, that won’t happen.
America needs to begin to work on itself. Create less stress, fewer bills, lower expectations that are achievable by nearly everyone. I remember when TV was free, when a phone bill was just 30 bucks. There was no common area maintenance billing, it was part of living there. America has created twice the billings for people today. Credit cards for every store, boatloads of Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Dinners…you name it they got ’em.
People now find happiness or contentment in dreams, fantasies.
“One day I will find my place in the world, I will move to that Island, things will be just great. I’ll be happy.”
I don’t believe these Massacres will end soon and neither do you.
We live in a very dangerous place today. America.
What happened? There really is no good answer. All we can do is try to be better people, better parents and hope for brighter days. The world is ever changing. Maybe one day it will get better. Maybe.