Sunday, December 16, 2012

Loss of Civility and Decency in Society

A great deal of my teaching posts bemoans the loss of decency in our society.  The child that tells his teacher, at fourteen year's old, that he has to take a "dump", and doesn't see a problem with it, is a symptom of a culture that has not just lost its way, but has veered into pathological territory.

The shooter in Newtown, Connecticut, was autistic.  Children on the spectrum lack empathy and do not pick up on social cues.  I do not know if the shooter played violent video games*, but his mother certainly embraced the world of firearms.  I do not wish to judge her and her tragic end, but when you sit children in front of games like Mortal Combat, Assassin's Creed or Call of Duty, where the object is to blow away as many human beings as possible, we should not be surprised when children, especially those with social problems, decide to play out the virtual reality with actual people and actual guns. 

Another nonsensical thing we do in this country is defend guns because our Founding Fathers felt it important to make the right to bear arms the second amendment to the constitution.  I would just like to take you back to 1791, the year that the Bill of Rights was written, around two hundred years before glocks and semi-automatic weapons were invented.  Back in 1791, the premium firearm was a musket, which could fire at most four shots per minute.  At that rate, a deranged person could kill only one person every 15 seconds, and would have to focus in order to reload, allowing his would-be victims time to disarm him.  A machine that sprays hundreds of bullets a minute is not what the Congressional Congress had in mind.

As John R. Kennedy quotes in his article "'Right to bear arms' marks anniversary with renewed debate", "as Robert Parry, author of America’s Stolen Narrative, pointed out Saturday on, the First Congress likely viewed the right to bear arms “in the context of ‘a well-regulated militia’ to defend communities from massacres, not as a means to enable such massacres.”

Many people think that this atrocity will bring about change in the gun control struggle, but I doubt it.  Already Congress is announcing that it cannot address the issue currently, hoping, I suppose, that America will forget and become obsessed again with Honey BooBoo or the size of Jessica Simpson's belly or the risqué, semi-transparent get-up of the next attention-deprived reality star du jour.  And they will likely be correct.

than the right to have a gun!

They will never, never,
never be less important

I for one do not need to see obituaries that describe murder victims' love of plushies, dressing in sparkles, and singing songs about loving people and rainbows.  Babies should not be shot.  Ever.  It is time to bring back some decency. 

*EDITOR'S NOTE - it is now known that he did play violent video games, to excess.


  1. I agree completely.

    I've made comments about wishing that there were more restrictions on semiautomatics, or at least ammo limits, that started off with, "I'm fine with people owning guns, but...", and half the time the person I'm talking to goes off on a rant about how that would be violating our rights and disarming the nation.

    There plenty of regulations in this country that people just go along with, I don't understand why having one that would make things more difficult for a potential mass-shooter is such an issue.



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