Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Guns, on their own, did not kill those innocent people any more than the car that the murderer drove to Sandy Hook killed those children, or the building that was set on fire in Webster killed those brave heroes. The problem with our society is that we are ruled by things. We look at bad situations and blame the things involved instead of the people.
Today’s music is not responsible. The music I used to listen to when I was a kid was just as violent as today’s music and I have not killed anyone. Don’t blame movies or television. I grew up watching Daffy Duck get his head shot off on a regular basis and I can still tell right from wrong. Video games are not the culprit either. I used to love playing Doom when I was a kid and I never once raised a shotgun to kill someone.
Why do we refuse to look at each other and find the answers we need when things go wrong? Developing more comprehensive ways of assisting people with certain mental conditions should not have a stigma to it, but it does. The problem with treating the real source of these problems is that you cannot point blame at a mental illness and you cannot point blame at bad parenting. Since we cannot legislate those things, we feel powerless against them. Instead, we try to legislate everything around them.
When I was a kid, my teachers could whack us on the behind if we got out of line. Do you know what the result of that was? We learned to never get out of line again. When our parents wanted to let us know that we really screwed up, they smacked us as a way of making a point. That point was well taken and the screwing up never happened again.