It has now been one day since the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left seventeen innocent people dead. Now, the gunman’s real motive has finally surfaced, but it’s not what the media told you.
On Wednesday afternoon, a gunman opened fire at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As always, in the wake of such a tragic event, we ask what can be done to prevent this sort of needless violence in the future. And, as usual, this question has been met with calls for more gun control.
Despite having more gun control now than at any other time in the history of our great nation, we also have more gun violence. Furthermore, we know that gun control does not work. Just take a look at cities like Chicago, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. The residents are murdered with guns on a daily basis. It is more dangerous to live in Chicago than almost anywhere else in the United States, but it’s nearly impossible to acquire a gun legally there.
So, perhaps the issue is not with guns. After all, if the Florida gunman did not have access to a firearm, he could have inflicted harm in any number of other ways. He could have set off a bomb. He could have plowed a truck into pedestrians. The list goes on and on.
Thus, we come to a conclusion difficult for many to face. This is a morality issue — not a gun issue.
According to a study released by the Congressional Research Service, the average rate of mass public shootings — defined by the FBI as “a multiple homicide incident in which four or more victims are murdered with firearms, within one event, in at least one or more public locations” — has gone up from being a singular, annual tragedy in the 1970s (a 1.1 incidence rate) to about 4.5 incidences per year between 2010 and 2013.
Unfortunately, those numbers are only increasing. It is just February, and we’re already on track to have more mass shootings in 2018 than in any other year in U.S. history.
Guns have been in existence for roughly 200 years. So, why the alarming spike in mass shooting just within the time span of a few decades?
To answer that question, we should look to what other major event coincided with the statistical rise in mass shootings. What else happened in the 1970s, after which time a period of increasingly violent events transpired?
The most notable event was the decision of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. Since that 1973 ruling, it has become more and more socially acceptable for women to kill their own children in the womb.
Think about that. In 1973, we sanctioned the slaughter of our most helpless citizens, and ever since, our society has only become more violent. Now, we have devolved to a point where deranged and morally corrupt individuals take dozens of lives at a time.
Make no mistake, this is not about guns. It is a direct result of society lacking a moral compass.
Even if the Florida gunman had no access to guns at all — which, of course, is impossible — he still would have been a deranged and morally corrupt individual. We can say with near certainty that he still would have gone on to murder innocent people through some other means. He was intent on taking lives. His history makes that perfectly clear.
Nearly four decades ago, as a nation, we turned our backs on the sanctity of life. Now, we are shocked as we watch unspeakably violent acts unfold on a seemingly weekly basis. But, if we give this matter the deeper reflection it is due, then how can we really be so surprised by these mass shootings? We no longer value life. The only probable consequence of that is violence.
We cannot sanction the killing of innocents and then rightfully be surprised when innocents are killed en masse. By the same token, if you are outraged that seventeen people were killed yesterday in Florida, you should also be furious that millions of babies were murdered by their own mothers before they even had the opportunity to take their first breaths. Moreover, we should all be sickened by the fact that society considers this socially acceptable, nay “empowering.”