|Any connection to the age of mass killings is pure speculation|
Guns. That's the thing. AIDS? Hardly ever mentioned, even if the number of Americans murdered by guns in an average year are only a few thousand more than those who die of HIV/AIDS each year. Betcha I know which cause of death you hear more about from our media, our pols, our educators and even our religious leaders*.
Of course basic horse sense and concern for the common good would make it easy for us to realize guns existed aplenty when I was growing up, yet we didn't have regular 'mass shooter drills' in school. That's because mass shootings in school didn't happen on a regular basis. They do now.
Common sense and good will would lead us to realize we might have made changes in our society, somewhere between the time when such horrors didn't happen regularly and the time when they did, that shouldn't have been made. But that is something we will not do. Ever. We will not admit we've been wrong.
One of the morning news shows earlier this year reported on a NYT article that basically said fewer parents than ever spank their children, while violence among our youth is at all time highs. Don't let that fool you, however. Turns out spanking still makes kids more violent. Again, we will not admit we were wrong. Ever.
If millions die of AIDS? So be it. We're not going to stop pushing our sex and drugs culture.
If students by the hundreds are killed in school shootings? So be it. We'll deflect to guns or bigotry if possible.
If suicide among children reaches all time highs? So be it. We couldn't be wrong about our changes in family and child rearing.
If drug overdoses, non-gun related suicides and AIDS kill more than 100,000 Americans a year? So be it. Except for those haters over there, we're the best.
If drug addiction, drug dependency and emotional and psychological problems continue to plague our nation and our children at unprecedented rates? So be it. Focus on opioids and ignore the rest.
We'll talk of guns and laws and cabbage and kings. But we will never, ever admit that we've been wrong over the last half century or so. That is a sacrifice we simply are not prepared to make. Not our press. Not our politicians. Not our national leaders and celebrities. Not our educators. And with few exceptions, not our religious leaders. And if a million children must be aborted and a thousand children killed and ruined to avoid the horrible confession? That is a sacrifice we are more than prepared to make.
God bless those killed at Sandy Hook and in all such violence that defines the society we have built. Let strength and peace be given in abundance to the loved ones left behind. And may God have mercy on a nation that would allow this to continue rather than in humility concede what we will never admit.
*Except Orthodox Christian leaders. I noticed that many of them are willing to step up and say there just might be a connection between the global cultural and sexual revolution of the 1960s and the sudden spread of a disease driven largely by drugs and sex that to date has killed over 35 million people.