"Each mass shooting lowers the threshold for the next"
Fri Nov 9, 2018 2:01pm

I think you'd have a hard time arguing against that point.

There has been absolutely nothing proposed by any entity that would have prevented any of the mass shootings in recent history. Every time there's been a mass shooting people say we should have this law or we should have done that. In virtually every case a close examination of the suggestions reveal they would have done absolutely very little to absolutely no good. Not in a relatively free society.

When you live in a free society that has lost its moral compass and is very steadily slouching towards Gomorrah, you end up reaping what you've been sowing. You end up with what we now have in this nation. I've got news for some of you! Things will not improve until we regain our moral compass heading. Right now far too many people run their lives from the standpoint of it being all for them and what they can get for themselves. The old '70s motto of "if it feels good, do it" is running these days on the high octane pride and ego. When man decides what's right and what's wrong you always end up in a moral decline. As a nation we are in many ways in the same situation as all of history's great empires. Right before they fell! We're full of ourselves. We're also filled with too many lazy and self-centered people that believe that the whole purpose of life is to serve themselves the biggest and the best of everything. I place a fair amount of this blame for the speed at which this decline has happened upon social media. It can just as easily happen without social media, but social media
expedites the process. This is not all that ails us, but it's enough for now.

We Don’t Know How to Stop Mass Shootings

By David French

This morning, we received news of yet another mass shooting, this time in California. That’s twelve more lives lost, added to the eleven lives just lost in Pittsburgh. In the 13 months since the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas, we’ve also seen mass shootings at a church in Texas and high schools in Texas and Florida.

It’s time to face facts. At this moment in American history, we don’t know how to stop — or even seriously reduce — mass shootings.

Yes, we’ll of course have the familiar fight over gun control and the NRA. The New York Times referred to the California shooting in the introduction of an extensive article about the evolution of the NRA. Yet the NRA has been thoroughly routed in California. Its gun-control regime exceeds even the dreams of most national Democrats. This Dana Loesch tweet provides a good summary:

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I keep going back to Malcolm Gladwell’s seminal 2015 essay about school shootings. At the risk of oversimplifying Gladwell’s argument, he argues that each mass shooting lowers the threshold for the next. In essence, we are in the midst of a slow-motion “riot” of mass shootings, with the Columbine massacre in many ways the key triggering event — especially in the school-shooting context. As the “riot” unfolds, more people consider committing mass murder as a way of addressing their grievances. Here was Gladwell’s conclusion:

In the day of Eric Harris, we could try to console ourselves with the thought that there was nothing we could do, that no law or intervention or restrictions on guns could make a difference in the face of someone so evil. But the riot has now engulfed the boys who were once content to play with chemistry sets in the basement. The problem is not that there is an endless supply of deeply disturbed young men who are willing to contemplate horrific acts. It’s worse. It’s that young men no longer need to be deeply disturbed to contemplate horrific acts.

Now we’re seeing mass shooting after mass shooting, with a wide variety of motives in virtually every conceivable American gun-control jurisdiction — in states strict and lax. These mass shootings still represent a tiny fraction of overall violent deaths in the United States, but each one is a wrenching national tragedy.

And, even worse, they’re filtered through a polarized political environment where proposed “solutions” either have little relevance to the actual shootings themselves or are at best partial and uncertain. For example, while I support concealed carry by law-abiding citizens and know that armed citizens have foiled multiple attempted shootings, I view the presence of more concealed carriers as at best a potential mitigating factor. Even the fortunate presence of armed citizens doesn’t by any means guarantee a positive outcome. People can freeze. People can miss. A gunman can take down the armed citizen first.

The bottom line is that our nation is generating an excess of broken, damaged people, and at this point in American history, all too many members of that community are drawn to a specific, horrific way of inflicting pain on their neighbors and sometimes even their friends.

In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., shootings, Senator Marco Rubio suggested a “national task force” to examine mass shootings. It’s an idea worth considering. And for those conservatives who roll their eyes at the idea of a panel of government-appointed “experts,” there is at least value in doing a deep dive into the motives and methods of mass shooters. Information can yield ideas. Until then, we’ll spend our days yelling at each other about policy proposals that will make no real difference in a terrible crisis that claims all too many American lives.


    • Every time there is one, the Media play it as if it were the End of the World . Such events get unlimited coverage for days, sometimes even weeks. Of course, the most important thing is to publicize... more
    • In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., shootings, Senator Marco Rubio suggested a “national task force” to examine mass shootings. It’s an idea worth considering. And for those conservatives who... more
      • tour de force. ;o) I'd say individuals and organizations have been studying mass murderers for a very long time. The obvious to me is that it's a sign of our sick culture. A culture that continues to ... more
        • What do you expect? ~ G🌚G, Fri Nov 9 8:51pm
          Your federal government is the biggest purveyor of gun on Planet earth. The nation is in an endless elective war for oil and Israel founded upon a con. I think a million dead civilian in the Middle... more
        • But It's So Rarely... ~ Amadeus, Fri Nov 9 7:46pm
          ...secular humanists who are mass shooters. It's usually people on the right fringe. I'm not attempting to taint the right by association, but I don't want there to be any mistake. Amadeus
          • Good grief!
          • Once again the killer is ~ G🌚G, Fri Nov 9 8:54pm
            known already to the local police. It never fails. And let's be clear....where did he get his professional training? Secular humanism is a straw man.
          • You, sir, are simply being dishonest. ~ Eleanor, Fri Nov 9 8:14pm
            Rarely are mass shootings politically motivated. The last one I can remember was the Sanders supporter who shot up the Republicans baseball practice. The fact is that most mass shootings are... more
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