Skip to comments.Rampage Shootings: It's the Moral Decay of Society, not Guns
Posted on 12/15/2012 6:05:49 AM PST by Kaslin
It should come as no surprise that the rate of mass shootings at schools and in other public places is increasing. The surge has nothing to do with guns, which have been widely available in the U.S. for years. Gun control laws have been increasing. Instead, there is a direct correlation between the increase in violence and the gradual degradation of morals, ethics and parenting. We are cultivating mental illness in our society.
Parents are allowing television and video games to increasingly babysit their children, even though both have become full of gratuitous violence. A New York Times study of rampage killers found that six of them were into violent video games. Research shows that violent video games and television desensitize people and promote aggressive behavior, despite claims to the contrary. A research scientist at the University of Michigan found that television was responsible for 10% of youth violence. Parents today are neglecting their children, and when things don't go well, rushing to get divorced instead of trying to work things out first. Children suffer emotionally when their parents fight or split up. Parents are ignoring their children so much they don't even see the warning signs that something might be wrong. The New York Times study found that 63 of 100 rampage killers had made threats of violence before the event.
Parents are no longer taking their children to church, where they would learn stability and morals. Fewer than 20% of Americans now regularly attend church. Every year there are 3000 fewer churches across the U.S, even though the population is growing. God and morality have been taken out of the public schools and replaced with political correctness and non-judgmentalism. Public virtues are no longer taught in today's schools. People who do not attend church are more likely than churchgoers to have stress and to be less optimistic about the future. When parents split up and there is no father to take the children regularly to church, the children are much less likely to become regular churchgoers than if their mother regularly takes them.
The New York Times study found that at least half the killers in 100 rampage attacks showed signs of serious mental health problems. 48 killers were formally diagnosed with mental illness, often schizophrenia. The mentally ill used to be kept in hospitals, where they were not a danger to others. Beginning in the 1950s in California, the ACLU successfully filed lawsuits to take the mentally ill out of hospitals, known as deinstitutionalization. By the 1980s, most state-run mental health hospitals had closed.
Now, most of the mentally ill are out on the streets or in prison. The laws have been changed to state that the mentally ill cannot be hospitalized until they've already attacked someone. As a result, more mentally ill people are incarcerated than in hospitals, with the seriously mentally ill three times more likely to end up behind bars than hospitalized. More than half of all people in prison report that they have mental health problems, and more than 40 percent of the seriously mentally ill have been in jail or prison. A study at the University of South Florida found that the highest users of criminal justice and mental health services were 97 people who had been arrested 2,200 times. It is ludicrous that those 97 people are not contained for their safety and others in mental health hospitals.
The 22-year old Oregon shopping mall gunman who killed two people earlier this week is sadly typical of the rampage murderers the decay of society has spawned. He had this written on his Facebook page, "I'm the conductor of my choo choo train. I may be young but I have lived one crazy life so far." One of his friends said he raised himself; his mother died at childbirth, he never met his father, and he left his aunt's home at age 14.
The left will use the high level of emotion stirred up by this past week's two rampage killings to push through new gun control laws. Liberal New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called upon President Obama to enact tougher gun control laws immediately after Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. Yet demanding more gun control laws will not solve anything. Gun control advocates have already increased the number of laws around the country requiring background checks, waiting periods for purchases, and tracking of firearms. Many of the rampage killers obtained guns illegally. If they can't obtain guns, deranged individuals will find other ways to commit mass murders by setting fires, making bombs or running people over with vehicles. One day after the shootings in Connecticut, a man in Beijing stabbed 22 primary school students with a knife.
The left should not be allowed to dominate the dialogue after these tragic events with a red herring argument for gun control, in order to sneakily distract Americans from blaming them for what they have wrought. Americans who believe in traditional values must speak up and denounce the degradation of society's morals as the root of the problem behind these rampages, or the tragedies will continue to escalate.
Kick God out of schools, and Satan moves in.
And non of the liberal teaching staff was packing.........
Hope the school district was paid up on their insurance
And never will, the goal of dem and libs is not to keep our children safe, but to take away freedom.
Call of Duty
Gears of War
Medal of Honor
The most popular games in the nation are free-for-all shoot em ups.
The Walking Dead
Many anime titles
Some of the most popular movies and TV shows are full of violence and gun use.
And dont get started on graphic novels, 90% of which are riddled with violent imagery.
So how about we institute a clampdown on the 1st amendment for Hollywood? Seems fair. Kids today seem to see violent death as entertainment. Shouldn’t Hollywood “give up” some of those freedoms to “save” them?
I’m old enough to remember when life meant something in this
country. Now,it’s become disposable.
I have a nagging question I heard on Denver talk radio after Columbine: “Why do things like this happen just after a UN anti gun push?”
no, it’s not that either.
I see the moral decay when SKULLS are a major decoration and a popular toy (even Christmas decoration) is of a fictional character that killed small children in a school: Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in STAR WARS III
“Rampage Shootings: It’s the Moral Decay of Society, not Guns”
Absolutely corerct; however, the Democrats can’t be seen to address the moral decay of society, since they have a vested interest in that decay of society.
Indeed, the active effort to generate that very decay incorporates several key planks of their party’s platform.
Much easier to deflect blame from themselves for a society rotten at its core and attack firearms.
The worst part of it all is that the Republicans let them get away with it.
Quentin Tarantino can produce a two hour gorefest, receive critical acclaim and be held entirely unaccountable for violence in society. Sarah Palin need only use the word ‘target’ in some campaign literature and she becomes a Moriarty-like criminal mastermind.
Bad morals in school had nothing to do with this loon who devised a way to pay a ghastly visit to a school.
I view this as an unashamed neanderthal. There ought to have been somebody there, and preferably lots of somebodies there, who were able and willing to do the common sense thing when this loon began to attack, and make his first shot his last one. That public safety issue being taken care of, then it’s possible to worry after the fact about how a loon managed to get into the school. And nobody would be blaming the weapons.
Life is not “special” to the LIBs. Given their lust for abortion and that the LIBs (aka communists) killed over 100,000,000 individual;s in the 20th century, I guess life is nothing to them. They are guilty they are alive, have tremendous guilt about that and therefore self-loathing, but are too weak to kill themselves. Oh, what a world we live in.
Ah, perspective is so fickle.
Children are being taught that they are not responsible for their failures. If things arent right as they approach their adult years it is the actions of their parents, teachers, siblings and society in general, never their fault. Liberalism personified. Counselors want to know about their childhood past instead of their present and future. What is wrong with, “sounds like you had some tough times, but that was then, this is now”?
I doubt skulls influenced this loon, however.