What’s the difference between a single mass shooter using a gun to attack his enemies, and the government (military and police) doing it? Why do we isolate the problem to one sector of humanity and fail to acknowledge the fact that we live in a country built on violence?
America is home to 8 out of the top 10 weapons manufacturers in the world. Why are we surprised that there is more gun violence in a place that makes the most guns?
America has been at perpetual “war” almost continually since the birth of our nation in 1776. In the past 236 years, we have been fighting some type of conflict for 214 years or about 90% of the time.
We are like the fish that doesn’t know he’s in water. We are immersed in violence and don’t even know it. It is so deep rooted in the culture. Why is it ok to show explicit graphic form of violence in television and movies but physical acts of love are taboo?
Great Philosopher Alan Watts believes the madness stems from our culture valuing hate more than love, saying: “Expressions of physical love are far more dangerous than expressions of physical hatred, and it seems to me that a culture that has that sort of assumption is basically crazy.”
I’d like to make a real effort to live in a more peaceful world. That being said, I, of course, agree with Obama, however if citizens would be subjected to gun laws – so should the government and corporations that produce these death makers. They are the ones manufacturing this culture of insanity and violence that we are all now, as Obama said: “numb to.”
Multi-billion dollar companies like Lockheed Martin and Raytheon make weapons and sell them not just for our government, but also to anyone that wants to buy them, all around the world. Abroad, our government commits violence on a colossal scale and calls it war in the name of defending our freedom. At Home, they patrol our streets with a militarized police hunting down non-violent people and locking them in cages for using drugs.
They have the nerve to criminalize human behavior, thus creating black markets where buyers and sellers of these things they deem illegal are forced to use weapons to protect their interests and then in the eyes of the govt. They become “evil gangs” and “cartels” the Mafia etc.The bottom line is bad people are gonna do bad things, no matter what the laws are. We need to change the hearts and minds of the collective consciousness of our society; we need a cultural change.
Violence is the easiest way to get what one wants and as long as this is allowed to be an acceptable option in our society – we’re doomed to remain a primitive, barbaric, and savage species.