Monday, December 17, 2012

A Conservative Perspective on the Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut was senseless and horrific and depraved. And its consequences will last long after the media stops covering it.

All I could think about on Friday was the Christmas presents lying under twenty-six Christmas trees that won’t be unwrapped this year… because the intended recipients – twenty of which were little children, aged six and seven years old – are dead.

Nothing will bring those people back to their loved ones. Not in this life, anyway. Twenty-six families are going to have to survive a miserable, heart-wrenching Christmas. And then when they’ve gotten through that, they’ll have to get through a whole new year of holidays and birthdays without loved ones, mourning for the people who should be with them still but aren’t.

And all because 20-year-old Adam Lanza succumbed to some false notion of the value of life: a lie that has been systematically foisted on society for far too long now.

I hate to make such an unfathomable loss of life political, but the mainstream media certainly lost no time in doing so, blaming guns and demanding stricter gun control practically from the first round of reporting. And President Obama – who was more than happy to slip guns into the hands of hideously violent Mexican drug cartels – is now out there saying that:

“We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change… We bear responsibility for every child… This is our first task: caring for our children.”

In other words: Let’s callously use this tragedy to make it even more difficult for law-abiding citizens to purchase guns, furthering government control until it controls all.

In other words: Let’s forget that a hundred years ago, a much larger fraction of United States citizens owned guns and yet a much smaller fraction of United States citizens went about shooting up elementary schools and movie theaters and neighborhoods. In other words: Let’s blame guns for something that schools and society are blatantly culpable of.

This devaluing of life is something that has been a longtime in the making with the continuing decisions to alienate religion whenever and wherever possible, especially Christianity, which teaches a respect for God, law and order, and each other. It’s been a longtime coming thanks to our decision to legalize abortion, promoting the murder of innocents as a right worth defending and being proud of at the expense of anything and everything else. It’s been a longtime coming thanks to Hollywood films and TV shows and videogames romanticizing passion over logic and instant gratification over consideration.

And something that’s been a longtime coming isn’t bound to get any better by simply encouraging more of the same status quo. So anybody who honestly thinks that ridding the nation of guns is going to prevent such tragedies and save our children in the future?

Well, they should be used to disappointment at this point anyway.

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