As I’ve written before, some of our most urgent problems are “connectedness problems.” Andrea “Bookworm” Widburg comments on one in her latest American Thinker essay:
[The Senate compromise ‘gun safety’ bill] promises to expand mental health services, including in schools; open juvenile records for gun customers under 21; stop illegal trafficking in firearms; etc. The ability to review juvenile records, which are sealed, before allowing a person under 21 to buy a weapon is probably useful.
As for the rest, I’m inclined to believe that our mental health and violence problems stem from a broken culture that sees politicians, the media, and educators encourage racial hatred; flood the country with illegal aliens, who bring with them illegal drugs, guns, and sex-traffickers; destroy the economy; create a culture of death with unlimited abortions; legalize marijuana, a drug strongly associated with psychosis and violence; ignore existing laws, including those against illegal guns and gun crime; and sow confusion about biological sex.
All these things break a culture, and broken cultures produce broken, violent people. No additional mental health funding or red flag laws will change that.
Utterly indisputable. The tidal wave of irrational, counterfactual influences in which our young people are being drowned was bound to have bad psychological effects. A young man can only endure so much counter-reality propaganda, all antidotes to which are hysterically shouted down as “racist” or “hateful,” before his mind snaps. The form his induced lunacy takes might not be healthful for children and other living things.
Reducing and eliminating outbreaks of savagery, whether or not the savages are gun-equipped, will be impossible de facto without first correcting the pervasive ambient lunacies: first in the schools, thereafter in the enveloping culture. I maintain my “traditional” position that the proper way to reform the schools is with mass hangings and high explosives. As for the wider culture, perhaps after we’ve publicly drawn and quartered the first few propagandists for “systemic racism,” “capitalist patriarchy,” “gender fluidity,” “undocumented immigrants,” “oppressed brown people,” and so forth, the rest will “get the message.”