Gun Laws Will Not Fix a Problem of Culture and Spirit
Once again, the nation has witnessed a horrible, pointless act of violence, with innocent children the victims.
And, once again, we hear from liberals that the answer is gun control.
If we look at what generally characterizes the mindset of those -- generally young men -- who commit these acts, we see what generally characterizes the mindset that has taken hold of our whole culture.
Victimhood, blame and denial of personal responsibility.
Can this be an accident?
Kudos to The Wall Street Journal for having the courage to point to these incidents as signs of a "social and spiritual" problem in the country. "The rise of family dysfunction and the decline of mediating institutions such as churches and social clubs have consequences."
The signs of a society that is sick are all around us: the collapse of family, the collapse of interest in marriage and having children.
In 2021, 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, an all-time high and a 15% increase over the previous year.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the suicide rate in the U.S. increased 35.2% from 1999 to 2018.
Suicide was the second leading cause of death among young people, ages 10-34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals ages 34-44.