Charles Krauthammer who writes for the WASHINGTON POST –and is also published other news sites, had a commentary on Dec.20, 2012 which I missed until now–probably due to preparing for family for Christmas visits.
It is title THE ROOTS OF MASS MURDER and is thoughtfully written in 3 parts:
1. The Weapons 2. The Killer 3. The Culture.
It is one of the clearest essays on gun control–and there are so many of them it makes your head spin.

It is worth lookihg up so you can read the entire essay but here are a few gleaings from the wisdom of Charles Krauthammer.

“I have no problem in principle with gun control. Congress enacted and I supported an assault weapons ban in 1994. The problem was it didn’t work so concluded a University of Pennsylvania study commissioned by the Justice Department. …the reason is simple. Unless you are prepared to confiscate all existing firearms , disarm the citizenry and repeal the second amendment, it is almost impossible to craft a law that will be effective.”


“As a psychiatrist in Massachussetts in the 1970s I committed people–often right out of the emregency room—as a danger to themselves and others. I nerver did so lightly……Why do you think we have do many homeless? Destitution? Poverty has declined since the 1950’s. The majority of those sleeping on the grates are mentally ill. In the name of civil liberties we let them die with their rights on.”


“We live in an entertainment culture soaked in graphic , often sadistic violence. Older folks find themselves stunned by what a desensitized youth finds routine,often amusing. It is not just the movies . Young men sit for hours pulling video game triggers, mowing down human beings en masse without pain or consequence.
And we profess shock when a small cadre of unstable, deeply deranged, dangerously isolated young men go out and enact the overlearned narrative. If we are serious about curtailing future Columbines, and Newtowns, everything–guns, committment, culture—must be on the table. It is not hard for President Obama to call out the NRA. But will he call out the ACLU or his Hollywood friends?”

“……Except for these unfathomable mass murders. But these are infinitely hard to prevent. While laws deter the rational, is has far less effect on the psycyhotic The best we can do is try to detain them, disarm them and discourage “entertainment” that can intensify murderous impulses.”

I find Krauthammer’s comments full of real wisdeom…it includes the true causes of mass murders…and it is not just guns and the lack of gun control laws.
The current hysteriua fostered by the likes of senator Dianne Feinstein and Joe Biden and Barack Obama is just smoke and mirrors. We need to address the three causes listed in Krauthammers’ essay: The weapons, the killers and the culture. Passing more gun control laws will never change a thing.

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Kay Syvrud

I am a retired elementary "schoolmarm"..I was a school librarian/media director for nearly 25 years before I retired in 2004. Naturally one of my fondest things is reading! I also love reading aloud to young children, something I did for so many years with amazing results; every child wants to read the same book as the teacher read!!!! I also am fond of my gardens...both flower beds and vegetable plots. I love being outdoors....mowing the lawn after my husband has done so with a big lawn tractor...I trim with my small power mower! I have a rain barrel to collect rainwater for plants! I have an old fashioned "pedal" bike I love to ride. I enjoy going to a Silver Sneakers class at a community center about 20 miles from my country home on what I call the "Buffalo Bluff" which overlooks the Buffalo River and its valley below. I LOVE to write and am working on a book for my grandkids so they will always know more about Grandma when she was still "kickin" and "had all her marbles"!!!!

3 thoughts on “THE ROOTS OF MASS MURDER”

  1. If I remember correctly, he got a lot of flak in the Letters to the Editor from the brainwashed readers of the Washington Post. I am surprised the Post even published it. Almost every day they run anti-gun, anti-NRA cartoons. Some of them are savage. I follow the message boards on ABC and CBS. There a few people that post that know what they are talking about. The majority have been stirred up by Feinstein, Schumer, Obama, and other assorted nutcases and hoplophobes. Most of them don’t know their buttocks from a borrow pit.

    1. That would not be surprising considering the WAPO is one of the most LIBERAL newspapers of all….right up there with the NYT.
      Liberal readers would not be able to withstand or digest Krauthammer’s clarity on the subject.

  2. I am a LIBERAL reader Kay ! and I don’t find Krauthammer ‘s essay all that controversial . nor do I disagree with him on all his opinions! And I can agrue very convincingly that many other liberals also agree with much of what he said.
    Perhaps the problems lies with you! and I beleive it does! Have you even read or digested any studies or ‘solutions’ the ‘left’ have thrown out there? Everytime I have read the arguments of this national problem I have seen that ‘liberals’ Also want most of the things CK argued for!!!! If you and the NRAers and the hystericall gun lovers only see what you want , then whose problem is that?
    Bidens’ study etc etc is that ALLLLLL of it all should be on the table! I have read many many suggestions from the left that argues for dealing with the mental health issues!!! Do you want me to take the partisan ‘Palin -like’ point here that this ‘mental health’ buzzkill the right wants to make into a distraction , is just more hypocrisy coming from the right! “If the ‘mental health ‘ problem is what you guys want to make a more important prop than ‘gun control’ , than why don’t the republicans want to fund it ? why do they cut , cut , cut those programs that might help? Why did the republicans cut loose all those ‘ mental defectives ‘ out on the streets when Reagan was President? Do you want to reduce this debate to just who can come up with the most ‘gotchas’!!! Because if you want to be adult about this we can .
    Liberals like me Do want the health issues addressed! And we (I) really do find the culture so coarse with the video games and the horrible trash that the public goes to see in movie theaters. So YES THAT IS THE PROBLEM TOO!
    So what is your solution??? Would you be happy with the gun control CK advocates AND would you be happy with regulations and banishments of some movies and video games ??? I guess I would NOT have a problem with that!!! So lets see how far you want to go against the first admendment, Kay and remfandn, before you make your smug comments about how simple these soultions are!

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