KaiTheHomoSapien wrote:Well, that's part of the problem. I agree with you that it's deeper of course, but what are the profound ways? People want solutions and answers, and that's probably why they latch onto gun control because it feels like something that can actually be done. Changing the culture is harder and the proposed solutions are often vague.
Well, like I said, the answer is simple. We each start with ourselves and get right with the plan. It's a lifestyle plan for individuals and cultures alike. It's taking seriously things like the golden rule and turning the other cheek and loving your neighbour and loving your enemy and going the extra mile and engaging in continuous tidal waves of compassionate action and charitable deeds. When the culture of death, the culture of violence is overturned and replaced with the culture of life, the culture of charity, there remains no room and no source for these kinds of evil actions. You can't shoot a person because he's black or because he's white or because he's homosexual when you see the black person and the white person and the homosexual person in terms of loving kinship. When you're my brother and we exist in a loving relationship, neither one of us have cause to wish the other ill or do violence to each other. When each of us expands this circle of loving kinship wider and wider and eventually encompass everyone in the world, and when everyone else is doing the same thing, pretty soon there's just no evil left to be done.
Pretty profound change that. It's something every government and every politician talks around --- oh, we need to eradicate nuclear weapons, oh, we need to reduce armed forces, oh, we need to stamp out violence and terrorism and yet for some reason nothing ever changes. Well, that's because government and politicians are utterly incapable of fixing this. That's not government's job. Their job is to gain and remain in power. In any event, no law, no statute, no Constitutional amendment will ever cure what ails this country and this culture.
Thát is why I believe gun control is not the answer. It's a start, I'll grant. But what is it a start to? What is it's course and it's end? The fact is, it's not much of a start, because there's no logical course to follow and no end in sight. Like I said before, if you take away the assault weapons, everyone gets to cheer and feel good for a minute, feel like something has been accomplished. But the culture of death and violence and dehumanisation has not been changed. It's not even been addressed. It's not even been recognised as problematic. There is still no plan. Even if you take away every firearm, air pistol, paintball gun or slingshot (that is the logical progression of gun control advocates), we still haven't addressed society's ills. Crazies can still buy fertilizer and nuts and bolts and pieces of pipe. How much damage do think a deranged individual can do with a load of pipe bombs? Worse, probably, because there would be no way to tell where the bombs are coming from. It was a great mercy that this loon was shooting a gun --- that allowed police officers on the ground to determine where the shots were coming from. I'm sure they saved many lives simply because they could tell pretty quickly where he was located. Hell, this guy could have killed a hundred people or more if he'd just rented a big old U-Haul truck and plowed that through the crowd.
Maybe gun control won't completely solve the issue, but it's a start. For another analogy: Just because we can't cure cancer, doesn't mean we shouldn't try and treat it.
False analogy methinks. Better might be: just because we can't cure cancer doesn't mean we shouldn't try ibuprofen. It's a start, but there's no logical progression and no viable end in sight.
If the "disease" is complex and requires a change of hearts and minds over a period of decades, then maybe we can start by treating the symptoms and work on the long-term goal of curing the disease.
Well, the problem is this, quite simply: we've recognised and known the disease for centuries and centuries. We have also recognised and known the cure for centuries and centuries. Not just decades. We've simply not had the societal balls to take that leap and let ourselves be cured.
To get back to cancer, it's like the stage 1 cancer patient who knows he has cancer and has been given a pill that will cure it utterly. He looks at the pill in his medicine cabinet and rattles the bottle every now and then, but never takes it. Current society is at stage 4 with multiple tumors, metastases all over the place and just about every lymph node imaginable is involved. And yet we still refuse to take that pill...
When you're diagnosed with stage iv CA, you don't start by changing your diet and hope for the best. No, you get your ass over to a specialist oncologist who deals with your kind of cancer and you hit it with everything you've got. If you want to live.