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Violence in D.C.

CNN columnist and commentator LZ Granderson writes an apparent criticism of those who would rush to blame “guns” for the Washington D.C. Naval Yard shooting:

And it will keep continue to happen until the advocates (of gun control) accept that ridding the country of guns is a hopeless — and unconstitutional mission — and that the real goal should be addressing the factors that lead to the various forms of gun violence: factors such as poverty, mental health and failing schools.. . .

Congratulations to Mr. Granderson for successfully recognizing that screaming about ‘evil’ guns just isn’t going to do anything here (or anywhere). But the main point which Mr. Granderson doesn’t understand  is this: atrocities such as this aren’t fundamentally failures in policies pertaining to schools and their funding or poverty per se–this was a moral failing, an evil, carried out by an individual. The only sensible way to view events such as these, is through the lens of morality. Rather than focusing on all of the sequelae of a culture which has rejected all traditional moral restraints: poverty, hatreds and jealousy, craziness, stupidity–and trying to “treat” those symptoms, we should instead turn our efforts toward thoughtful consideration of the real wisdom of traditional morality, which are God’s prescription for living well.


Alex writes:

I don’t know whether the apparent rash of multiple shootings in the United States (in recent years) really is a “modern rash”, or whether a close study of American social history would reveal many previous examples of what happened at Washington Naval Yard.

If there really is, comparatively speaking, an upsurge in “gun anarchy” which occurs in present-day America and which did not figure in the experience of previous generations, that would be evidence of a moral breakdown at the root of this violence. Such objective evidence would contradict the glib liberal assertion that draconian gun control could prevent the shootings.

WI writes:

I haven’t researched that specifically, and wouldn’t know exactly where to start. It certainly feels like a change. Events such as happened at Columbine and New Town carry an emotional weight that is uncommon. There’s an evil in the random killing of strangers, and especially children. Most people in their 60s or older certainly don’t recall these kind of “rampage killings” which seem so relatively common these days. It’s all very unsettling.

When John Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad were caught in 2002–in the Beltway sniper attacks–I remember feeling a profound sense of relief. I was living in Korea at the time, and so was quite a ways away, but the killings were so unpredictable, so random, that I thought at the time, and still think, that such evil has the power to bring an entire civilization to its knees. What if the shooters hadn’t been caught? Ten people were killed, another three wounded.  What if the death toll had risen to 30, 50, then 100? What would D.C. have been like in such a case?

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