Time to think about this instead of react without thinking
find it interesting that the reaction to the most recent shooting, as
the others in the past, is to place all the blame on the weapon. Notice I
wrote, 'weapon,' not 'gun.' I mean no disrespect to the victims and
their families. Nor do I belittle the incident. However, weapons do not
kill people, people do.
The War on Drugs has not reduced drug
use and associated violence because the roots of drug use have been
completely ignored, as has the war on diabetes, where the psychology of
sedentary lifestyles and poor diet is ignored. In our modern society,
we tend to ignore, deny, or disbelieve that most of our own ills and
misfortunes originate deep in our own psychoses, and this dictates our often
misguided and/or violent choices and behavior. Those that are mentally
ill are often 'invisible' with no recourse for help until they act out,
as in the recent tragedy.
We can ban guns, but, as the recent
incident in China (on the same day as the one in the US) demonstrates,
if an individual or group of people chooses violence, they will do so by
any means available. We need to remove the veil of ignorance and denial
and address the roots of violence, not the means by which it is enacted.
Otherwise, we are only fooling ourselves and the 'invisible' dragon
will continue to stalk us.