If not for my absence in writing on my blog, this would be just another of the long list of mass murders since Obama took over as President of our country that I would feel obligated to comment on. I'm not trying to say that all of these incidents (at least 6 since he took office, off the top of my head) are a result of his presidency, however, I will say that they are a direct result of the current political, social, and economic climate within our country-one which has been perpetuated and promoted by our 2 party system for much longer than my life time; but it is only now that the internet is a huge factor of communication in our lives that I, or anyone else, can rightfully point to the political climate, and the economic and cultural environments it creates here, as being a direct and primary contributor to the number and extreme nature of the most recent of these acts of mass murder which have permeated American news cycles for much of the last 15 years (since Columbine).
My position regarding most matters always starts with personal responsibility-taking control and 'owning up' to the decisions we individually make, whether good or bad. My ideology doesn't neglect the importance of cooperation between ourselves to create an ordered and functioning society, but at the core of my Individualist philosophy is the willingness to constantly re-evaluate personal, and broader, positions as times and society change. The events at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14th, to me, represent a direct reflection of the current condition of the broader American culture: fractured and on the verge of cracking-just like the young man did on the morning he committed these unspeakable acts.
The problem in America isn't one of guns or violence, the problem is within ourselves, our culture, and our beliefs.
For decades we have seemingly gone out of our way to dismantle the fabric of what used to make America the greatest nation on the planet. This tearing down of what makes us American's includes making good decisions, taking responsibility for those decisions (for the good and bad) and living with the consequences without fear of further government involvement (unless a felony was committed). Over the last 50 years, government and most of society, has run from these ideals, preferring to have the federal government 'tell us' what we should do and how we should do it, with just about everything, instead of providing us with multiple options fix or address the issues we face.
The mother of Alex Lanza was obviously one of the people caught in the middle of this ideological destruction of what makes us Americans: she clearly wanted to help her son (she would go so far as to take him to gun ranges with her so as not to leave him alone where he could possibly harm himself), but didn't know how to help him outside of some sort of self implemented familial controls, which she (apparently) received little to no help with from her oldest son, ex husband, or the system she used to teach in. Left to her own devices, and access to what is unquestionably a broken mental health system in our country, the only thing that surprises me about these incidents is that they aren't happening with even more regularity…
Our problem isn't guns or the potential violence they bring-it's our society.
It is clear to any rationally minded person that American society is broken at nearly every level and in every aspect. Today, Americans are divided more than we have been since the Civil War (it seems), and the 2 party system which pervades throughout all levels of our government takes an active role in keeping us that way.
But, of course, we don't want to talk about our problems in build up to solutions: solutions to our problems are strictly prohibited by our government-especially the Federal Government. After all, if government empowered us to make good decisions, and had in place programs to help you get off government programs, instead of enslaving you to them, then maybe American culture wouldn't be so self destructive, but then government wouldn't have very much to do, would it?