Opinion: Why are there so many shootings in the United States today?
I’m going to leave the issue of children buying guns to others who have written, we know that placing guns into the wrong hands has deadly results. The fact that children can’t buy alcohol but can purchase assault rifles without a mental health check is beyond words. The purpose of this piece is why one has the need to use guns to kill the innocent in the first place.
We have whole ideologies that teach intolerance to the masses under the guise of cults, religions, politics, and influencers. It seems that with the world becoming more united tech-wise, we are a bit less mature than we realize on how to handle this one-world community. Especially in America. Why?
President Biden responded to the Uvalde, Texas School shooting “for god's sake when will we know when it’s wrong?” is what I recall. It was like watching a parent in disdain at a child who has never learned a valuable lesson. Truly sad.
However, how do we know it's wrong when our churches and politics teach us to hate? “My God will destroy you in hell if you don’t think like me” one preaches, and the emotions of politics have drawn lines in the sand as if Democrats and Republicans ordered the very bullets for their followers to draw out the guns. It's no wonder that people “think” they need them.
We have a depressed nation because we lack Tolerance. We were brought up on the drug of superiority, it hides in politics religion, and culture. We will not rise up until we realize this simple fact. We were brought up to bully one another for being different. You might as well hate me for loving oranges over apples because it’s no different. In light of our bipolar culture, how can we unite?
We have come to a point where we need to be reminded that all peoples have the right to the pursuit of happiness. Have we forgotten what that even means? Have we forgotten that I could love Westerns or Sci-fi without worrying, or because I may not approve of overturning Roe versus Wade I could be lynched? Or must I quickly check my taste in music or clothing for fear I may get bullied at school or work? Apples don’t fall far from the tree. Our children have been soaked with social platforms peddling “their ideas” of perfection.
From religion to politics and in your face, social platforms, people care more about image than about others. They tear others down to raise themselves up. This type of rising will always fall.
So how? How do we unite with so many differences?
Tolerance. Tolerance is the key. We were never meant to be exact replicas of one another. We were meant to be different. We have failed our society when we lack tolerance and we have failed our children when they think they can’t be who they are. And teach them that others can be who they are.
The very foundation that this country was built on was Freedom. Freedom to worship the way we please protects to a point. Freedom to bear arms should be limited just like alcohol or driving. They even have licenses for fishing and hunting. Why are there no limits on assault rifles, in certain States? Especially if there is a known problem within a community with mental health issues?
Our freedom is limited to what we do personally as it affects those around us. We have placed Freedom into a violent relationship and doing so has slipped Freedom into a place where it needs to recover. Freedom needs Tolerance to become balanced and healthy. And this starts in the home and in our communities. Where there is tolerance for others and their differences, love and kindness follow.
I weep for America today as it tries to guide its people out of the darkness we call intolerance.