Not Too Many Guns, Too Much Hate

By David Morse

Murder is committed because of hatred. Unless and until we as a society deal with hatred we will not decrease murder in particular, nor crime in general. Too often and too much our society thrives on spewing and spreading anger and division. Anger and division breed hatred.

Social media, television personalities and news journalists are too quick to engage in divisive and destructive hammer blows of name calling against anyone not part of “their” agendas. You are sexist. If not sexist you’re a homophobe. If not a homophobe, you’re a climate change denier. If not a climate change denier, you oppose social justice. If all else fails, you’re racist.

These hammer blows to our societal structure form cracks which divide the populace and the pressure of these blows stress society. Those cracks and stress breed hatred.

Too often politicians lead the attack. President Biden proclaimed the “…MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history…” Insulting and driving a wedge between his entire administration and 75 million Trump voters and other millions of Trump supporters. Insults and separation breed hatred.

We have a higher murder rate now than any time in the last 25 years. During that time, on a nationwide scale, acquisition of firearms has become more complicated and difficult, not less. If gun laws tightened yet murder rates increased, how is it more gun laws decrease crime?

Why is it the first reaction thrown at us (anti-gun laws) involve punishing the inanimate object and yet do not deal with the people who committed the crimes and, more importantly, the conditions which lead to the crimes?

Just because an angry and troubled youth kills people with a gun does not mean banning the gun will prevent the killing. All too often those seeking gun control argue availability of guns make killing too easy, and somehow banning guns will suddenly stop killing. Tell that to all those who have been killed by bombs, knives, trucks, clubs, airplanes and etc. A popular song notes “Love will find a way…” I regret to say angry, determined people can be very resourceful. All too often hate likewise will find a way.

On July 14, 2016 a man radicalized by ISIS and incited by hate deliberately drove a 19 ton cube truck into a crowd at the Bastille Day festival in Nice, France. Ultimately 86 died, including 14 children. Injured numbered 458. The attack lasted five minutes. Ultimately churches and people of all faiths joined in condemning the act and united in mourning the dead. Was this response effective? We have not seen waves of hate filled men driving trucks into crowds since. Whatever worked, the solution did not involve blaming the truck.

Banning guns to prevent mass murders would be like banning sex to prevent teen pregnancy. While sex and pregnancy are related, banning sex to prevent teen pregnancy is, at best, a misdirected course of action.

Politicians, social activists and agenda driven thrill seekers will take advantage of the horrible killings in Uvalde, TX to push an anti-gun agenda. Many, including myself, oppose banning guns as a means of crime “prevention” because it punishes innocent, law abiding gun owners and, worst of all, will be ineffective in reducing crime.

“Well, we have to do SOMETHING!” those wanting to ban guns will cry. OK, let’s arm teachers, those first on the scene, so they can protect the school children. “Oh! Not that!” OK, lets teach children values of Love and Faith instead of hate and hopelessness. “Oh! Not that!” OK, lets promote a traditional family. The importance of a mother and father raising their family together to offer stability and guidance to their children. “Oh! Not that!” In other words: “We have to do SOMETHING”, but only that “SOMETHING” which involves anti-gun actions. The killer literally walked into the school unopposed and spent over an hour barricaded in a classroom with children and teachers, while law enforcement waited helpless outside. One armed teacher could have stopped the killer quickly. One word of love and faith delivered to the killer before his crime might have staid his had. Would a nuclear family of mother and father have changed the outcome? The killer hated his mother, had no father in the picture and lived with his grandmother–whom he shot in the face. That family structure didn’t work.

Let’s not just “…do SOMETHING”. Let’s solve the problem. The problem is hate. Let’s rid our society of hate.

5 Comments

  1. “Highest murder rate in 25 years”: it’s actually just gone up a lot in the last two years (2020 and 2021). And it’s still about a third lower than it was 30 years ago, in 1991. Has anything happened in the last two years that might affect the murder rate? (Hint: not more restrictive gun legislation)

    Most mass shooters don’t know the specific people they shoot, so they probably don’t hate them. They may have been taught to hate some group that some of these people belong to. Hate for the “other” is not new, and we’re never going to rid out society of it. But we can make it harder for those with still-developing judgement to get rifles (raise the purchase age to 21 for rifles)

  2. Well the left/dems have to have something to push. Ideas were forwarded to the dems/left but as noted above they were refused any action because they are not part of their AGENDA. That is to make the PEOPLE subservient to the GOVERNMENT. LBJ was the 2d to start this crap and fdr was the initiator. Yes this goes back years in the making. the klintons, then bho and now brandon are trying to reincarnate the fears of the people by the ruling class (so they think). If you can tell a lie long enough and loud enough they believe it will become the truth. Ar least their version of the truth. The nuclear family has been pretty much destroyed, faith/belief in god has been diminished and the god of government has been pushed as the answer. Well I dont believe that answer and it will never be unless they keep trying to buy the people by their INCENTIVES as they push now, why work we will pay you to stay home and many did/are. The free thinker above wants more of the less regulation of drugs. Guys like him are what have induced actions like the shootings, then come the race baiters and they are not necessarily white folks. People can get along IF these free thinkers and baiters are minimized. Yes this country is not perfect but it sure is a lot better than some of the alternatives. Just look at the country of russia in the news now a days. That it seems is what the dems/left idolize and if you look at history it is almost exactly the same as in the late 1930s early 40’s. They do say if you dont know history you will repeat it, well IMO we are seeing that come true.

  3. Why do gun toters always start with the phrase “banning guns”, no one is banning guns. Discussions are about stricter regulation and having buyers prove they are legit and can operate the mechanism, as well as achieve a license. We do that with cars.
    “Punishing inanimate objects”, so let’s stop all efforts in getting rid of drugs like the laws and regulation over methamphetamine, heroine, and Fentanyl.

    • It helps fit the narrative and create a false fear.

      It’s harder to buy cigarettes,beer, porn and to drive a car than it is to buy a gun.

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