As I write this with a churning stomach, my wife is on the way to pick up our youngest child from preschool, and the body count at an elementary school in Newtown, CT, is rising rapidly. The latest I’m hearing is that there are at least 27 killed, and 18 children, presumably kindergarteners, are among them.
I’m numb with shock.
Even in our callous culture, there used to be a red line on attacking children. I can’t come close to grasping the kind of person who is so warped that they can murder children in cold blood.
The murders were apparently committed with one or more handguns, and I’m already witnessing people attempting to scapegoat the National Rifle Association and gun owners.
It’s sad and simplistic to blame the NRA—an organization dedicated to gun safety—for the acts of an individual that act 100% counter to their teaching, just as is it is pathetic to blame 100 million gun owners who have never and will never commit a crime.
They are being scapegoated by those who refuse to face that we have a culture problem.
We have Hollywood pushing movies down our throat each and every day where violence is not just accepted, but glorified. How many thousands of people are “murdered” in movies and on television each year? When was the last action film where dozens of people didn’t die?
Our popular music is soaked to the brim with misogyny and glorified violence, especially rap and metal. Should it really be any surprise at all that the shooters are in the demographics that listen to this music?
What are the most popular video games? First Person Shooters (FPS) like Halo, Call of Duty, etc.
We foist our kids off on popular media, filled with violence at every corner and every angle, while falsely telling them how precious each and every little thing they do is, and give them a participation trophy just for showing up. The end result? A fragile human being that cannot deal with even the slightest failure without imploding, who reverts to their popular culture indoctrination and declares the mass murder that has been programmed into them by the movie, music, game and television industries since birth.
It isn’t shocking that we have massacres like Newton or Clackamas or Columbine or Virginia Tech.
In a world where we’ve programmed our children to react violently to failure, it is a testament to the basic decency of the human spirit that we don’t see carnage like this every day.