How can we blame the recent acts of school violence simply on guns? How did the manufacture of these inanimate objects instill them with such a malevolent spirit that they can compel people to commit terrible acts of mayhem?
It couldn’t possibly have been because more than half of our children live in broken homes and are viewed as inconveniences that parents try to raise in their spare time.
It couldn’t possibly have been because we allow our children to listen to music and watch television programs and movies filled with the glorification of drugs, sex and violence.
It couldn’t possibly have been because we teach our children that there are no laws of morality that transcends us, that everything is relative, and that instant gratification of our wildest cravings is a self-evident right.
It couldn’t possibly have been that our children learn from the media, the courts and their peers, that individual actions are not related to individual responsibility or personal accountability.
It couldn’t possibly have been because the media creates instant “celebrities” of the individuals and families involved in heinous acts and endlessly discusses pseudoscientific motives without ever placing the blame on the perpetrators.
It couldn’t have been because our children see daily news reports of sports figures, movie stars, and political personalities charged with murder, infidelity, rape, drug addiction, treason and other serious crimes without suffering any real punishment.
No, these contributing factors couldn’t possibly be true; it had to be the malevolent spirit instilled in the firearm by the manufacture.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Philip Colson is a retired Marine master gunnery sergeant.