Gun Violence Symptomatic Of Greed
Written by Pat Grayson
Since the children were slaughtered at Sandy Hook by Adam Lanza, more than 3,000 people have been gunned down in the USA. That number continues to grow.
It’s clearly obvious that people who plan mass murder are mentally ill, therefore executing these people solves nothing. Instead we should study these people and learn from them. Most everyone understands that logical changes are needed within the American society to safeguard innocent citizens and bystanders from future mass shootings.
First an obvious point should be made clear, because it’s not discussed. Someone who is mentally ill does not think rationally. Therefore hanging the risk of execution for unlawful actions will do nothing to stop future events from taking place.
With this is mind, the NRA has said “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun”. But this statement has a serious flaw. Everyone carrying a gun is not the answer, because we will then have a society that is reactive. This means that people will have already been shot dead before the “good guy” draws his/her gun. Plus most of these shooters were once a good “guy” according to people who knew them. So, it is entirely possible for many “good” guys to turn into “bad” guys.
As stated earlier mentally ill people don’t think rationally, and these people certainly don’t think rationally when they plan mass shootings. Doctors have uncovered this information from studying people who have committed mass shootings.
According to the Journal of the Academy of Psychiatry and the Law:
“A mass murderer who kills in public during the daytime, plans his offense well in advance, and comes prepared with a powerful arsenal of weapons. He has no escape planned and expects to be killed during the incident.”
If an unbalanced person does not care if they live or die, other people carrying guns obviously will not be a deterrent. If anything, someone who is mentally ill might see more guns as cool because that means more excitement.
Although many things should be addressed regarding the US gun violence problem; it’s not just about banning certain guns and/or ammunition; it’s not just about gun free zones; it’s not just about the lack of mental health care access, and it’s not just about wealth inequality which hurts the majority of the American population.
1) The USA has a big problem with gun violence that no other developed country is experiencing. Therefore gun violence is symptomatic of problems in the USA.
2) Our gun violence problem is combination of many things gone wrong in the USA. The deep root of the crisis is corporate greed. The US government does not acknowledge that people should be number one consideration. Instead money and corporate power rule the USA, and this is the main root of the problem.
Item two above was made clear when the NRA was given one of very few seats, at the table of political discussion, regarding gun violence in the USA.
Only about 20 percent of Americans own guns, and only one percent of the American population hold membership with the NRA. If only one percent of the American population is being represented by the NRA, why do politicians allow the NRA to have such a powerful voice?
See My Opinion, item two above.
Another answer is – realistically the NRA represents the financial interests of the gun industry. The NRA’s first purpose is to protect the gun industry’s profits. Thus the NRA bribes politicians with campaign donations. In return, these politicians allow the NRA to have a powerful voice, in addition to writing the laws and regulation regarding guns.
Bringing All Together
When the US government starts working for “we the people”, which means putting corporate power in second place of importance, the healing of the USA will begin. Common sense will then rule.
This change will not happen by simply voting for different people to take office, because both Democrats and Republicans need LOTS of money to finance an effective re-election campaign. Therefore change will only take place when US politicians have the integrity and courage to implement serious campaign finance reform, which will take the money out of politics.
If logical change that reflects high regard for ethics does not take place, only the entities with the most money will continue to rule. The American society as a whole will continue to fall, and mass shootings will continue.
What will it take to stop the madness of greed?