School Shootings, Technology, and the Left’s Absence of Meaning

A caller to Mark Levin’s radio show Thursday night made an excellent point. We’ve always had guns in our society. But it’s only recently that we have had this cascade of school and other mass shootings. So the guns haven’t changed. But something else has.

It’s of course easier to talk about restricting guns than the problems in society. Some of those Hollywood celebrities tweeting in favor of gun control might just have to look at themselves. Parents might too. And Silicon Valley.

The Left, which thinks Republicans and the NRA are colluding to kill people, would never suspect that the valueless society and moral relativism it advocates could possibly have something to do with this. It’s destruction of traditional America culture, abetted by massive, unlimited, and unabsorbable immigration, might also come into question.

Political correctness, the chief social weapon of the Left, seeks to enforce an order in which everything is acceptable. If everything is acceptable – that is, every behavior that doesn’t involve actually kicking someone in the head – then ultimately kicking someone in the head, or shooting up a school, is going to happen because society has no social norms.

Technology makes all lifestyles, thoughts, and madnesses acceptable to someone. As Mark Steyn noted last night on Tucker Carlson’s show, if you’re a social misfit loner, you can still find a friend online. With technology, even the worst ideas and most egregious personalities can be validated online.

And violence is a way of life on the web. The technology sector would never want to address that its pervasive violent video games might be creating killers. I’m sure they have lots of money devoted to ensuring the issue comes up as infrequently as possible, particularly in Washington. But our children are being poisoned, inured to violence. And parents, wanting an easy solution for dealing with their kids, are allowing it.

I was looking at a video game a young girl was playing the other day. There were flowers, cute little animals, everything was adorable. All of a sudden, the shooting started. You had to kill the zombies to keep them from eating the flowers, or something.

How many rounds can one fire online before it seems nothing to begin firing them in a school?

Gun control is a band-aid. It feels good and you think you accomplished something. But the true cause of these shootings lies elsewhere. And as the country’s culture and morality continue to unravel, there will be more and more shootings, even if there are fewer guns.


Steyn: Defining act of school shootings: absence of meaning

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