There are many issues that have led this nation to so much gun violence. Let’s start with the entertainment business and the Hollywood film industry where we’ve been shooting people for entertainment for decades.
The modern video games that are nothing but extreme violence played by our younger generation for several decades.
The greatest generation won World War II by devout courage and bravery. Defeating Hitler and freeing Europe was a great gift by the American people to the world.
Then we drifted into a Korean War that was brutal and still just a truce, no winners but we’ve been there for 70 years with our army.
Vietnam was tragic, we picked up where the French left off, and we lost that conflict.
Then came Iraq and Afghanistan where we’re still engaged and President Trump is desperately trying to wind down those conflicts and bring our soldiers home.
That is a long list of violent conflict where we have engaged the enemy with soldiers who have been taught to destroy the enemy on sea, air and ground.
Most of the World War II warriors are gone, Korea and Vietnam veterans aging quickly.
But we have thousands of returning troops from the 18-year saga in Iraq and Afghanistan. These men and women will be our future leaders and maybe can find some solutions.
While I hear often that we are a peace-loving people the facts of warfare don’t seem to back up the belief that Americans are just fun loving, peaceful people.
I wish we were. but history is not on our side.
Domestically we have taken lands from the Indians, Mexicans and fought a civil war over slavery. President Lincoln promised the freed slaves 40 acres and a mule, which they never received after his assignation.
The western expansion was filled with wars between homesteaders and cattle barons. Vigilante groups had to be formed to protect the residents of the thousands of small towns that jumped up along the railroad lines and cattle drive trails.
It’s was a rough tough time for Americans defeating the British to achieve our freedom. The reasons for assault rifles stem back to the colonial militia having the best muskets that the government could provide for homeland defense.
We can attempt to pass gun laws, but the cat is out of the bag, the horses out of the barn, there are more guns in America than people.
I do believe the old slogan that if you take the guns away from the people, only bad guys will still have guns.
A bright spot in all of the tragic shootings has been the quick response from our law enforcement teams, first responders, and emergency hospital units. Sadly, we are now prepared for these mass shootings and we have not seen the last of them. They could become even worse, and if not guns—bombs and other deadly activities.
Mental illness is at the root of these shootings, along with the rise of social media and polarization of political parties and participants.
The media adds to the drama and the publicity that these killers seek and receive.
I don’t believe that our government can solve the crisis.
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