Sadly America’s society is sick and broken.
Yes, A number of young males have violent ideologies. But then so do those who are clearly adult in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.
For over 150 years America owned more guns than citizens. Rifles, shotguns and pistols of various calibers were owned and generally not locked up. They were sometimes placed in the corner of a closet with the safety on. Every kid knew of these unsecured guns. There were virtually no mass killings prior to 1950.
So what happened.
America began to drift away from their morality.
Broken homes, divorces became much more prevalent.
Social services demanded that for mothers to get benefits there couldn’t be a supportive working male living at the residence.
Television, and radio shows relaxed programming standards.
Schools began usurping parents roles on what, how and when to teach their children about sex, even displaying condoms and diaphragms in the classroom.
Our country stopped declaring legitimate “war” and instead left a lot of ambiguity and anger for young men facing the draft.
The Feminist movement rose up to blame all their problems on men further frustrating young men in a catch 22 situation.
In the 80’s many mental health institutions were closed citing imposing on peoples civil liberties.
Prisons became seriously overwhelmed and overcrowded because now they were housing mental patients.
In the last 2 years many big city District Attorneys have made policy to release these people on bail, further compounding the problem.
Parents have become increasingly tolerant of their children’s misbehavior reluctant to discipline them for aggressive behavior.
Teachers/ Principals are no longer allowed to discipline students regardless of their behavior and the kids know it, making it necessary to have school resource officers in each school.
Civil disobedience is fully tolerated in public now. Spitting in cops faces, pushing and yelling vulgarities at the police. Trashing police cars, bonfires in the middle of a downtown intersection and groups walking down the freeway arm in arm. Chanting “What do we want?” “Dead cops!!” “When do we want it?” “Now “
This didn’t happen overnight! Defunding the police, burning down police headquarters, throwing urine on cops.
Video gaming glorifies killing for sport!
Whatever law is passed, the criminals and mentally ill can get whatever weapons they need on the black market, steal it, or purchase in a private sale.
Libertarians push for legalization of what were once illegal drugs. Do we really know how these and now illegal drugs affect brain chemistry. Sure Opium was available without a prescription in the early 1900’s, but people weren’t using drugs recreationally. And we didn’t have the rate of addiction that we do now.
Depression is nearly pandemic in the US with record numbers of citizens taking antidepressants. What changed. We lived through two World Wars without these mental health problems.
As we moved from an agricultural society to more urban our daily diets have vastly moved from fruits and vegetables to processed foods and carbohydrates. We are far less active as a society than the 1920’s when farming was a top profession.
Possibly a culmination of all these factors have caused a monumental cross roads of catastrophic proportion.
This 500 lb genie isn’t going back in the bottle easily.
Last night a man was caught shoplifting in Walmart. He killed a Good Samaritan who intervened and shot a greeter in the stomach. He was out on $200,000 bond ! That Walmart is about 10 miles from our house!