In her concluding paragraph, columnist Mona Charen writes: “But the truth is that no one really knows why we’ve suffered mass shootings in such numbers in recent years. It may be party the copycat effect; or the lure of the publicity shooters invariably receive; the decline of character-building institutions like churches and families (the vast majority of mass shooters have been male raised in divorced or single-parent homes); or the failure of our mental-health system to provide treatment to those who need it most.”
We might even go further to state that parenting which emphasizes high self-esteem results in the unrealistic, entitled expectations and narcissism. Narcissism, as we ought to know, leads to a disregard for the value of others. Read John Rosemond for more information on that.
It’s a hot-button issue. No, I don’t think that everyone and anyone who wants a gun should have one. But think about this: the new gun control measures presuppose guilt. In a country where legal tenets presume innocence before guilt, that is a direct conflict. I don’t want to live where I’m assumed guilty because someone else did something bad. Do you?