One thing that I can never wrap my head around is the question “What motivates someone to kill innocent people?”
This post isn’t going to be about the details of the shooting, I just want to share a few words. If you aren’t informed then I encourage you to read the following articles to learn about the atrocity that occurred just a few days ago.
The shooting is appalling enough alone… But just 12 days after the massive shooting in Colorado? You will not find mass murders so close together in many other civilized countries. In fact, you will hardly find any firearm murders at all when you compare a country to the U.S.’s statistics. Anyone who has watched the documentary Bowling for Columbine understands this fact very, very well (although I don’t like Michael Moore, he did present notable facts). So why are we so screwed up?! You can’t blame poverty because both of the recent murderers had acceptable standards of living! Is it education?? I don’t think education is foolproof because Holmes, the Aurora theater killer, was studying Neuroscience. You also can’t blame guns because inanimate objects can’t use mind control to turn a normal person into a cold blooded killer! So is it one of these factors, a combination, or maybe the childhood of the individual? I don’t think anybody can give a sufficient answer. I do know one thing, though:
America is incredibly unstable.
For such a wealthy nation, America has a significantly large amount of murderers.
Why do so many Americans end up killing each other?! It doesn’t make any sense… It must be something in American culture, nothing else can explain it. People in France and England and Australia and Japan aren’t killing each other nearly as much! And, newsflash, their people aren’t so different from ours; the human condition is universal. So what is poisoning one of the most advanced countries in the world?? Think about it! And please figure it out, because I certainly can’t…
I know there are going to be some comments about this so I’m going to address it here and now… Obviously the most common debate stemming from massacres is the gun control debate. I’ve already written a post about Gun Control but I’ll reiterate my belief. I support our right to carry a gun but I just don’t see why we can’t make it more difficult than a trip to the grocery store to buy something designed to kill. I don’t mind having the guns available at all! Except maybe assault weapons (as in automatic)… Only time will tell with those. Regardless, both sides of the gun control debate realize that there will always be people who want to cause harm to others. So logically, you would think everyone would want to make it more difficult to buy something that can kill massive groups of people incredibly fast… Like a semi-automatic weapon. If we’re going to sell a deadly weapon then we should at least make sure the buyer passes some background checks and some gun safety program. You know… Something. We’re so strange when it comes to guns…
Back to the issue at hand. Some final thoughts.
All I know is that any belittlement of human life should be looked down on with complete and utter disdain, specifically when it involves racism. It is absolutely horrible when a mentally insane person to tries to kill whoever they can, but it’s even worse when someone targets specific groups out of sheer hatred. Where are our morals, people? Even though murders like this recent attack on the Sikh temple are extreme examples, there is a tremendous amount of racism that plagues our great nation. Then again, I think hate is a better way to describe America’s disease. It doesn’t matter if it’s hate on races, homosexuals, religion – hatred is wrong and millions of Americans have to accept that fact. Americans also need to think of themselves as one race, one people. Until we can set aside our differences and truly understand each other we will continue to live in a country as backwards as the politicians that run it.
Somebody has to lead the charge for moral integrity… What it boils down to is who will have the courage to step up to the plate?
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