It’s a dangerous world. It always has been. Thank you, Lord that I was lucky enough to be born into a family who recognized that and did everything they could to protect me from it by teaching me how to fend for myself against many of the evils that might cross my path.
There is nothing like the safety net that comes from living in a cloistered, loving family environment. Long before we toddle off to school, where our teachers hopefully continue that nourishment, we are taught by our parents the basics of being civilized children who will hopefully grow up to become civilized adults.
The behaviors that we learn to emulate are formed early. If we are exposed to love and compassion, it is naturally easier for us to become loving and compassionate people.
If we are exposed to anger and selfishness, it is no surprise if we grow up to become violent and self-centered adults.
When I was growing up, divorce was a relatively unusual event (other than for Elizabeth Taylor and other Hollywood celebrities). Even rarer (or at least we never talked about it) was a child’s being born out of wedlock. Yes, it happened, but it was unusual rather than being what today is quite customary.
Of course, this was before DNA tests which would reveal the paternity of the child had been discovered. But in those days, even the most promiscuous generally knew who the father was, rather than having to guess among a field of twenty or thirty possible studs.
Today, rather than looking to address the question of civilized behavior as something which should be taught by parents, we have abrogated the role of the family and handed over that role to government. (That is the progressive way). What a tragedy.
We have replaced family values with government values – and it is hard to imagine how any institution can effectively micro-manage the lives of hundreds of millions who are, in essence, no more than statistics on a pie chart. Even worse, it is hard to understand how an intelligent, informed citizenry would ever allow them to seize this responsibility.
It’s staggering to consider that currently nearly seventy percent of all black children born in America are born out of wedlock; for Hispanics it is fifty percent and for white children the rate is thirty percent. A high percentage of these children will be raised in a single parent home – and a high percentage of those households will be dependent on social welfare programs for their subsistence.
If you look at the statistics on those who are most likely to be murdered by a gun, you will find that the those who are killed in hugely disproportionate numbers to their percentage of the population are black people – usually murdered by another black person.
Is there a connection between being born into a single parent home, violence and murder? It’s always easy to manipulate any single statistic to substantiate a person’s point of view. But when the same theme continues to recur, the prudent and honest person should at least consider what this might tell us.
We can have a long, emotional and heated debate about guns, gun control and violence. It will offer both sides of the argument the opportunity to enjoy a cathartic moment. But at the end of the day, it is not guns that kill people but people who are raised in impoverished family environments who are primarily responsible for the vast majority of the shooting.
We have gotten here thanks to government-instituted policies which are the root cause of this and many other of our problems. And that’s why, despite all the bluster and bravado emanating from our pols in Washington, they will focus on a single, deflective issue rather than address the real cause of the problems which they, abetted by a self-serving electorate, have created.