Thoughts on the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting (What is wrong with us?)

In my conversations with other people, I have been challenged to “keep the blame where it belongs.” I’ve been thinking about that phrase. I think there are some problems that we need to address as a society. The people who say we have more than one problem are correct.
Most of us understand the problems. Here is what I have heard most often:
We have to address the issue of guns.
We have to address the issue of mental health.
We have to address violent video games, movies, and television.
We have to address godlessness and sin.
We have to address the breakdown of families.

I would like to say that it is all of these things need work if we are going to address some of the breakdowns in our society that result in the constant stream of horrible stories like the one that unfolded on Friday December 14th.
But here is our biggest problem:
When we want to address the issue of guns, the gun people say, ‘Guns are not the problem.’ (And we want to believe this because we don’t want to give up any of our rights.)

When we want to address the issue of mental health, the pharmaceutical people say, ‘Take this drug and it should help.’ (And we want to believe this because we want to believe in magical solutions.)

When we want to address violent entertainment, the entertainers says, ‘If our content is so awful why doesn’t everyone kill when they watch our movies and play our games. We can’t be responsible for people who would have been violent anyway. Besides, you can’t censor us!’ (And we want to believe this because we want freedom of expression.)

When we want to address godlessness and sin, the world says, ‘Keep your religion to yourself.’ (And we want to believe this because we want to live as we please without someone shoving their morality in our faces.)

When we want to address the breakdown of the family and the fracturing of relationships, parents say, ‘My kids will understand someday.’ (And we want to believe this because we do not want our actions to hurt our children.)

We produce a steady stream of violence, to disconnected kids with behavioral problems and no real connections in life, tell them if there is a God He has nothing to do with your real life, and then hand them guns.
And then, we expect to be consequence free.

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