Henry David Thoreau said ” For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root.”
On Friday December 14, 2012 a man carrying a gun killed 27 people at an elementary school in Connecticut. You all have heard about. On December 11 a gunman killed two people and critically wounded one at this mall near Portland, Ore. In July, a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 others in Aurora Colorado. We all still recall the tragic news of the thirteen people murdered in Columbine.
Fifty-five people murdered, hundreds personally and immediately terrorized, thousands of family members and friends devastated for the rest of their lives, millions across the nation wondering “How did this happen? What’s wrong with society?”
And of course the battle over gun control rages on among political elites and pseudo-sophisticates on Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of the “your wrong and I will prove it” social media websites. “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people!” Wahoo, we are all that much better informed now that we have been told that for the 27,000th time.
Not unaccustomed to setting myself up as an authority of things I know nothing about I will offer my opinion…as humble as it can be presented. Keep in mind I intensely disagree with the liberality with which guns are sanctioned in our society. It makes no sense to me, in light of all the specious arguments, that we justify slaughter in the name sport hunting. Worse yet is the silly person that justifies hunting with the comment “I do it for the meat” or “I do it to feed my family”. Yet, as a constitutional libertarian I whole-heartedly defend a person’s right to own, and when necessary, use their guns. For me there is no distinction regarding the make and model.
These terrorist acts are public expressions of private assumptions about the gunman’s right to have power over others. It comes from the permissiveness of exclusivity (pride, in laymen’s terms) in man’s constant pursuit of an expanded dominion.
In all of our social functions (politics, national origin, religion, education, business practices, entertainment, news reporting, ad infinitum) exclusivity is pandered to and promoted. In national politics any lie is acceptable to advance a private agenda. In entertainment (movies, books, and games) anything goes in order for the one to dominate the many, usually over something as silly as “I am angry at that person.” Two people of faith in the same savior will come to blows over their opinion that “My God’s better than your God, My God’s better than yours.” How about this one, that’s popular in the West and South, “This is my country, get the hell out!”
Some women may get irate at this comment, but the fall of the Roman Empire has been attributed to women getting equal rights/status. That is insufficient. The fall came from some members of society believing they had insufficient rights to dominate others, and those societies believed they had a duty to defend and protect such baseless assertions, just as we also now do as a nation.
Until we choose a different course, until we demand better of ourselves, our political, entertainment, media, and business leaders we can rest assured that those with legitimate universal rights will use those rights to terrorize others, assuming those rights are exclusive to themselves.
Thus, we are back again at the discussion of roots and branches.