I am very frustrated that our nation seems unwilling to address our violent culture in any meaningful way. Sensible gun policy is certainly one piece of this, but it is far from the whole of what we need to do. President Obama can stand up and talk about justice and his god, but it is always justice after the fact. We'll eagerly punish the wrongers, but we aren't interested in any sort of preventive measures (especially if they cost anything).
Sensible gun policy is desperately needed, but there are a number of other variables that must also be addressed. Some examples include:
- The U.S. has been in a perpetual state of war for some time.
- We have extremely violent entertainment media.
- We are taught from an early age that some sort of god is on our side in whatever conflict we choose, giving divine sanction to our acts of aggression.
- The U.S. is one of the few Western nations that continues to murder its own citizens (i.e., the death penalty).
- Long-term unemployment, a dismal economy, and rising educational costs and incarceration rates alienate our youth.
- We stood idly by while our country committed acts of torture in our name, and those responsible have still not been held accountable.
Now is not the time for our elected officials to make hasty decisions fueled by emotion, but it is an appropriate time for us to let our leaders know that we want them to make a serious public commitment to work on the problem in the near future. How many more need to die before we will demand this?
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