After my last blog on Gun Ban stand, I hear some different opinions. The talk show Morning Call by Gao XiaoSong (晓说第一季 第二十六期 “看美国”系列之《枪口下的美国》) spoke of the Jews being send to the refugee camp after Hilter issued gun ban in Germany, is one of the valid reason for people to keep their power for self-protection.
Benjamin Franklin, the American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, hold a similar view. He said: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” And “Any society that will give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
Still I feel more safety protection measures need to be built into the gun ownership program throughout the country. And maybe Gun Control Act of 1968 or other related laws can be expanded to reduce the risk to the minimum. Even Ronald Reagan, the President who initially was a staunch supporter of Gun Right, later on more rethinking of the issue, changed in favor of 1993’s Brady Bill and 1994’s Assault Weapon Ban. But I really know little about weapons to have much say about this.
Steve Lonegan, who is now in campaign for New Jersey Governor, urges people to return to tradition, and find in the culture heritage of connecting with God and treasuring life. It is true that gun don’t kill, people do. Looking into Nikolas Cruz – the young killer in Florida High School shooting, as much as we want to condemn him of the crime he committed, he is a tragedy himself of unfortunate circumstance in life. Newspaper said the police visited his home many times because of his previous misconduct in relate to peers in the school, and then his adapted mother recently died leaving him even more susceptible to mood swing and provocation of raging bitterness. In his desperation to find emotional balance, the psychological wound spirals into cold-blood aloofness to make even by hurting other.
During the long process leading to the calamity, had Nikolas Cruz has any proper guidance or channel to relieve his anger, things may not developed into such bloody consequence. Many other cases of shooting tragedies have a shocking similarity of resolving into animal instinct of action/reaction. Without spiritual counsel, or the social safe net at work, people can be inclined to get trapped in their distress and see no love in the plight. Most often, they have difficulty to put things into perspective and then tend to lose capacities to turn a difficult situation into a potential learning opportunity of growth and maturity.
Observing from a prevalent drug usage in the public school, there is a clear sign of emptiness in the young people’s psyche that they compulsively need to fill that void with either drugs or alcohol or other forms of obsessions. Adding to the mix is this era of extreme mental aloofness with computer algorithm, of huge influence in virtual reality, video game violence simulation, social media digitized image boot-up, youngsters being bombarded by so many disturbing provocation, are more vulnerable than any other times in the history to succumb to the dark side of human nature.
Some are fortunate to have the church or spiritual guide or supporting group for relief from trouble. But in the age of non –believer, in our effort to separate religion from state, and thus disallow any governmental /public institution’s involvement with anything remote connotation of religion, many people do not have any place to turn to. Now as a society, we seem to just get into a gridlock as to how to prevent people misuse their Gun Right for destructive activities.
Maybe this is a time for us to reflect on some of our decisions leading to the present situation, and to meditate on how we may change our collective awareness in the first place. From there maybe we can come to an new level of consensus to make adjustments in our system ?