During the past weeks, there were several viewpoints which addressed pros and cons for gun control. The only remedy presented to prevent the mass killings of citizens, was banning assault weapons /confiscation of all such guns.
In each of the mass killings in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and now Connecticut, the Democratic Party and liberal media launched numerous articles and comments about the remedy -- the common drum beat was gun control and/or confiscation of guns. The Republican Party drum beat was the Second Amendment rights and rights of the individual.
However, in all the mass killings, other factors more important than gun control contributed to the cause. What are the other factors that should be considered in preventing future mass killings by others?
In his book, "As A Man Thinketh," James Allen wrote the following: "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he (Proverbs 23:7), not only embraces the whole of a man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstances of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all this thoughts."
If truth be discovered the thought behavior of these disturbed individuals should also be considered. I believe the factors/events that contributed to the individual thoughts for their actions are:
1. Their personality -- of the individual/individuals who committed the heinous acts. Were their thoughts and actions a result of behavior seen or fantasized in the social media and our society? Was it a mental condition that was not addressed because of the current laws that such persons cannot be mandated treatments -- but only by that person's permission? What is common in their schooling and experiences that resulted in their belief system that caused these individuals to commit these crimes?
2. The society in which we live. Our education system has indoctrinated the children with the secular progressive philosophy and individual rights. This indoctrination of beliefs and rights include the right for abortion -- taking a life without parent's knowledge. Does this influence the thought process of those individuals who were not taught that there is "sacredness" to life? That the first right guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence was -- the right for life.
3. The people's lust for extreme violence in our sports, movies, and video games. The box office movie hits and video games have unlimited vice, murders, violence, and sex. The video games and movies espouse violence, and destruction. What influence do these games, movies, and such have on the individual's thoughts, especially those who revel and fantasize in the killings and mayhem portrayed? Fantasies and one's endorphins have a powerful effect on the mind of the individual.
4. Class division and warfare. During the past four years there is a greater division between the "haves" and the "have nots" by the deionization of such by the Democratic Party. This influences one's thoughts about justice, rights, and hatred toward a class of citizens.
5. The growing celebrity mentality -- I must be famous and rich; I want money and power! Money and power when united have in many minds the most violent effect.
6. The political parties. Each party wants power to rule and to enslave the people per their belief system -- the Democratic Party -- progressive-socialism and world government, the Republican Party -- capitalism and less government. Is the philosophy about the type of government desired not an influence?
In the book mentioned above, James Allen also wrote the following: "Spiritual achievements are the summation of holy aspirations. He who lives constantly in the conception of noble and lofty thoughts, who dwells upon all that is pure and unselfish, will as surely as the sun reaches its zenith and the moon it's full, become wise and noble in character.
"Achievement, of whatever kind, is the crown of effort, the diadem of thought. By the aid of self-control, resolution, purity, righteousness, and well-directed thought a man ascends; by the aid of animality, indolence, impurity, corruption and confusion of thought a man descends."
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth but no studies or debate as to cause and effect will occur, only rhetoric of both political parties. Lord forbid we attribute to cause to the effects of society! Both parties are not for less power or money, but each wants more. So we will continue down the road until the next event. The political parties will tell their constituents they tried but it was the other rascally party that prevented such from happening. In the end no cause or factors will be identified and addressed because it encompasses the philosophy of the present society in which we live, but the people will see and hear about another event.
Bowles lives in Brigham City.