Dealing with Mass Shootings

“Let’s not kid ourselves that if we passed the strictest gun control in the world that we would end this particular kind of behavior.”  Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker Magazine.

Sadly, this past week America experienced another school shooting in southern Texas.  Ten dead, numerous wounded and the school resource officer in critical condition with two gunshots, one from a sawed-off shotgun, one from a .32 handgun.  Weapons were legal and owned by the father of the accused, but not legal in the hands of the 17 year old shooter.

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As the pundits say, this issue in complicated. Frankly, Cowboy Papist doesn’t believe that secular laws can be changed in our lifetime that will make any difference.  US cities that have strict gun laws on the books too often see the greater gun crimes.  European cities and countries with strict gun laws often have higher crimes and murder rates than America.

To follow up on the quote above, which is online from National Review, Gladwell also said, “The problem is not that there is an endless supply of deeply disturbed young men who are willing to contemplate horrific acts. It’s worse. It’s that young men no longer need to be deeply disturbed to contemplate horrific acts.”

Is it possible that many young people today (and their parents) gain their sense from wrong from the violent messages from the entertainment world like movies, television and video games, and/or from social networks like Facebook and Twitter?  Is it likely that the folks advocating free love in the 1960s are today’s educators?  Could it be that the social warriors of the 1970s appropriately advancing the rights of women and minorities missed the stop sign and are today’s justifiers of infanticide throughout western civilization?

Did those who socially and politically pushed back on the conservative Reagan and the liberal Clinton years not know how to stop, resulting in the legalization of first medical marijuana, then today’s use and possession of cannabis, to full ‘right to die’ euthanasia campaigns, ending with the petulant “snowflake” concerns of today’s “cultural appropriation”?

Is it the complete loss of true spirituality in America today?  The world-wide Catholic Church bears much of the blame, as it should; closing its eyes to the pedophilia and homosexual activities of its seminarians and priests, harming the psyches of young people forever.  The Church often receives far too much criticism, but it deserves every kick in the ass it gets related to priestly abuse.

Seems obvious to Cowboy Papist that multiple generations have experience in some form a complete lack of belief and trust in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  A complete loss of morality, sentimentalism and universalism are the order of the day.

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It’s easy to say and hard to do — but Cowboy Papist sees true trust in God as the answer.  Don’t usually manage it well myself.  And, it won’t solve the issue of guns in America and the massacre of our nation’s youth.

But, as our Christian saints direct us; work everyday toward trusting in God and the Holy Trinity.  

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” – Padre Pio