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.”
ON THE KILLERS AMONG US:
“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.