Yet again there has been a mass shooting, right on top of another shooting. The outpouring of support flooding the news and internet followed immediately by the outpouring of outrage and division and finger pointing. A new hashtag to add to the slew of hashtags that catalogue a pattern we say we want to change but do nothing about.
If something is important to you, you find a way, if not you find an excuse…or in this case you find a distraction.
“Gun control” some people scream, “We need gun control to stop all these senseless killings!” Let’s look at that as a solution. Gun control, as they are requesting it, does not in any way try to limit a (relatively sane) law abiding person’s ability to obtain a gun for hunting or home defense. It simply means that people who have a criminal history or a penchant to say, open fire on innocent people, wouldn’t be able to easily get a firearm. Now, those people are going to find a gun anyway, there’s a black market for everything and if someone wants something bad enough they will find a way to get it. Gun control in that aspect would probably fail more than it would succeed, although I wouldn’t mind tighter restrictions. The other form of gun control would be to ban assault rifle sales, which I have to say, makes sense. Who needs an assault rifle for anything? You aren’t going to shoot bambi with one and it’s a bit of an overkill for home defense. Realistically they are only good for killing a large amount of people so…why would an average American need one? That being said, I will repeat my earlier sentiment. If someone wants an assault rifle they are going to find a way to get one, there’s a black market for everything and just because you can’t buy one in a store it won’t stop destructive people from obtaining one. Gun control, well it’s great in theory but probably won’t stop these mass killings. We need a world-wide mental shift in how we view others.
“Tolerance” some people scream, “We need to accept people’s lifestyles and stop hating people different from us!” Yep, we sure do. Except guess what that also includes…all the other beliefs including religious ones. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t tell people to accept the LGBT community but at the same time condemn all the Muslims (or any other religion) or right wing political supporters. Either everyone needs to accept everyone else who is different from them or we all just have to admit we’re prejudice assholes and there is never going to be this happy utopia where we’re all free to do who and what we please. The key to this is that part about hating other people different from us. We are probably never going to agree (as a species) about darn near anything because there are just too many people with too many beliefs and experiences that make up their opinions on the world. That being said, there is no reason you have to hate people who have different beliefs or lifestyles than you do. You can disagree with them, in fact disagreements can be beneficial, but why can’t it stop there? Disagree but leave it at that. Why is it so important to certain people that everyone is the same as them? I’m guessing it’s an insecurity thing. You aren’t really secure in your beliefs so you feel the need to make sure everyone around you feels the same so you can validate your own agenda. Might that be an indicator that your thoughts aren’t on the plane of truth? Probably. Things that are true don’t need justification or validation…they ooze security. If you feel hate towards someone it’s probably fear and that fear is probably from insecurity and you might want to take a long hard look inwards to find out why you don’t believe the things you’re telling yourself. When you come from a place of truth and love you won’t need to argue about tolerance because it will happen naturally.
“We need to eradicate the Muslims and ISIS” some people scream, “We need to kick them out of our country and blow them all up, they just want us dead so we need to kill them first!” I am not even going to consider that as a solution. I will never hold an entire population to blame for the actions of a few. That being said, there are far too many people that are more than happy to let fear rule their opinions. They don’t understand that you can’t fight hate with hate. That’s like trying to put out a fire by pouring more fire on it. Think about the whole concept of bullying. People who exude confidence, strength and kindness are not likely to be bullied or attacked. The U.S. used to be viewed as strong but we have far too long been a nation divided and that makes us an easy target. We became complacent and then condescending to our own people and the rest of the world. Why act surprised that we’ve lost the respect of other countries and our own citizens. Instead of raising a fist in hate towards others why don’t we work on ourselves. Why don’t we stop focusing on everything and everyone else and admit we’ve fucked up, we’ve let ourselves go, we’ve got a lot of work we need to do in order to get back to a place of strength, confidence and kindness.
We can enact gun control and there will still be deaths. We can preach tolerance and there will still be hate crimes. We can pull a Nazi style mass execution and there will still be people from other countries that want to see Americans suffer. We need to get at the root of the problem if we want to see things change. Until we are willing to do some deep introspective self-analysis and then take the hard steps needed to change the way we look at humanity as a species we will continue to fight one another and self-destruct. If this is important to you…you’ll find a way, if not you’ll find another hashtag just around the corner.