What is Really Behind all the Mass Shootings?
Some people say it’s a mental health issue.
Others say it’s a gun issue.
There is a cynical, deliberate effort aimed at militarizing people, who increasingly are feeling left out. They are deeply disappointed the entitlements they were bread to expect are not, and never were, real or deserved.
These desperate people, motivated by fear of losing a control they never really possessed, are responding directly to the manipulations of our “leaders” in politics, religion and the media, on the right, who know how to push their buttons. People who desperately desire control are the easiest to control. And these desperate, fearful, lonely people are being systematically fed a line that says it is okay to use violence to achieve their aims. It is their right, indeed their duty, to use violence to achieve their aims.
That is the real issue we need to address. But how? Trying to use reason and persuasion is futile. Using logic in a culture of faith and fierce loyalty to their “great leader” is a waste of breath. They have their own set of facts that are driving their movement. They use projection and have found a million insidious ways to discredit their “enemies.” Our problem is we don’t see them as enemies. We insist on referring to the far right as our opponents in some imagined fair fight. That train has left the station.
Now is the time to be bold. We need to trace the link between these heinous acts of violence to the powerful influence these political and media “leaders” are wielding like a sword to militarize the disenfranchised. The truth is, inciting violence is still a crime. Trump and Tucker Carlson and others need to be prosecuted for their crimes. We need to build a case that is legally solid and not back down. We must seize the narrative and take the battle to them. We must fight fire with fire. We must exert the control we all know at our core is an illusion, and fight the good fight until the scourge of hate has been completely neutralized.
The challenge is that those who recognize the problem, are not the most vocal and militant among us. We must develop a tolerance for conflict, for controversy, in the battle of ideas, in the cause for justice. This does not come naturally to the vast majority of Americans who know hate is not a solution but don’t feel comfortable rocking the boat. Our true power is in our numbers. Reasonable, compassionate, nonviolent people may not be as vocal, but we are greater in number. We can no longer afford to remain passive bystanders in this fight. We must stand up and make a case for democracy, before it is too late.
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