Mike Hughes: We’re victims of societal change
There’s been a lot of finger-pointing since the horrific tragedy occurred in Newtown, Conn. With liberals in control of so much of Washington and the news media, it’s no surprise that gun control has risen to the top of the heap. Never let a crisis go to waste.
Fingers are also being pointed at Hollywood, video games, the music industry and mental health laws. People always want a simple answer that can be packaged into a nice little statement, so here’s mine: All of the above are to blame.
I’ve never liked the idea that “we’re all to blame.” We’re not all to blame. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of blame to go around.
This is a story of good vs. evil. Most Americans are good, but evil is gaining ground in our society, and it doesn’t take much evil to do a lot of damage.
I grew up in the 1960s and ’70s. Back then I never would’ve even imagined a mass-casualty school shooting, let alone one perpetrated by a fellow student. Something has changed in America during my lifetime. Guns are easy to blame, but guns have been widely available in America for well over 200 years. Children didn’t start committing mass murder until the late 1970s, and it didn’t become a somewhat common occurrence until the 1990s.
If we want to prevent these tragedies, then we should be asking what’s changed over the last few decades. The answer isn’t very hard to see.
We’ve experienced a decline in traditional American values and a rise in secular progressivism. Our society has rejected positive role models and moral authority while glorifying stupidity, conceit and exhibitionism. Parents no longer teach their children how to be productive citizens and schools no longer teach what made America great. Common sense no longer applies. Honesty and personal responsibility have been replaced with a sense of victimization and entitlement.
Dr. Helen Smith, a forensic psychologist who’s studied child killers, wrote, “School killers feel entitled to be treated well and they react angrily when they are rejected. A majority of violent kids at school admit that ‘school feels like a jail sentence.’ They feel the rules are unfair — there is one set of rules for the popular kids and another set of rules for the unpopular …”
Another change that’s occurred during my lifetime is the assault on religion, specifically Christianity. If you personally don’t like public prayer, go to court. If you don’t like seeing the Ten Commandments in a courthouse, get a lawyer. If you can’t stand the idea of a lone Crucifix standing out in the middle of a desert somewhere, call the ACLU. Children aren’t allowed to pray in school, but are indoctrinated in the progressive agenda.
Anti-gun liberals want you to put your faith in big government. Why own a gun when the government will protect you? Along those lines, why work hard when the government will provide for you? Why live an honest life when the rich have so much more than you do?
Our new society is the problem. Big government created this society. More government is not going to fix it.
Mike Hughes is a Navy veteran who lives in High Point. His column appears here every other Sunday. To comment, visit www.hpe.com and click on local commentary. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.