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Once again, the nation has witnessed a horrible, pointless act of violence, with innocent children the victims.

And, once again, we hear from liberals that the answer is gun control.

If we look at what generally characterizes the mindset of those — generally young men — who commit these acts, we see what generally characterizes the mindset that has taken hold of our whole culture.

Victimhood, blame and denial of personal responsibility.

Can this be an accident?

Kudos to The Wall Street Journal for having the courage to point to these incidents as signs of a “social and spiritual” problem in the country. “The rise of family dysfunction and the decline of mediating institutions such as churches and social clubs have consequences.”

The signs of a society that is sick are all around us: the collapse of family, the collapse of interest in marriage and having children.

In 2021, 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, an all-time high and a 15% increase over the previous year.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the suicide rate in the U.S. increased 35.2% from 1999 to 2018.

Suicide was the second leading cause of death among young people, ages 10-34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals ages 34-44.

A characteristic common to suicides and mass killings is that the perpetrators are disproportionately men.

Men — generally young men — commit indiscriminate mass murder, and men take their own lives at a rate almost four times higher than women.

So, men demonstrate in a most unpleasant way another truth that our liberal friends want to deny. Men are different from women — not just in physical makeup but also in spiritual, psychological makeup.

For whatever reason, our increasingly Godless, materialistic, morally empty culture seems to take a particularly heavy toll on men.

American Enterprise Institute scholar Nick Eberstadt has looked into the recent phenomenon of prime-age men — ages 25-54 — who have bailed out of the labor market. These are men who have stopped working and seeking work. The official label is NILF — not in the labor force.

According to Eberstadt, the total number of NILF men held steady in the 1940s and 1950s at around 1 million. Then in the late 1960s it exploded. There are now 7 million prime-age men who have withdrawn from the workforce.

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the labor force participation rate of men — the percent of working age men in the work force — was 86.2% in January 1950. In April 2022, it was 68%.

The labor force participation rate for women has almost doubled over the same period — 33.4% in January of 1950 to 56.7% in April 2022.

We’ve gone from a culture centered on church to a culture centered on government.

According to Gallup, in 1950 over 70% of Americans belonged to a church. In 2020, it was 47%. Among those born between 1981 and 1996, it’s 36%.

Over the same period, take of all levels of government from our GDP went from 22.6% to 43.4%.

Sanctity of life was devalued with Roe v. Wade. Military conscription was abolished around the same time, erasing any personal responsibility, beyond paying taxes, that men have to serve.

In this vacuous culture of entitlement and meaninglessness, lost young men periodically make their presence known through violent expressions, sometimes directed at others, sometimes toward themselves.

I do not pretend that this is simple. I certainly agree that security measures should be taken, particularly in schools.
George Washington warned the nation in his farewell address that there is no freedom without faith, tradition and personal responsibility.

The same liberals that have helped wipe this out now want more government in the way of new gun laws to solve what is a cultural and spiritual crisis.

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Chris
1 month ago

No mention in this article about violent video games. I don’t care what “science “ says. Those violent video games are having an extremely negative impact on our kids. There should be a ratings system for video games. Anything violent should not be allowed to be sold to anyone under 21.

B4&After
24 days ago

It’s not about reducing gun violence. If it were, then the most restrictive areas of the nation would have the least amount of gun violence. When, in fact, it is well documented over several decades that the exact opposite is the case. The agenda is to remove any ability of the US citizen to resist whatever the government decides to force upon us.

charles A wilkins
24 days ago

Your 100% correct,rplacing the democrats will be the first thing to do,“Let’s be honest here. Joe Biden is corrupt. He’s unfit for office. He’s incoherent, incapacitated and confused. He doesn’t know where he is half the time. He’s incapable of leading and he’s incapable of carrying out his duties. Period. Everyone knows it. No one is willing to say it. But we have to, for the sake of the country. Joe Biden can’t do the job.” – Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott said this of President Joe Biden on 5/10/22 Joe Biden is unwell. He’s unfit for office. He’s incoherent,incapacitated and confused,BIDEN UNFIT for office,incoherent joe,joe biden is not well,rick scott joe biden,biden gaffes,biden gaffe.FINALLY THE TRUTH EMERGES,THROW THE BUM OUT IT’S IMPEACHMENT TIME, ALL CORRUPT BIDENS HAVE TO GO

SteveB
24 days ago

I have been telling people for years that this is the main cause for the violence and most agree!

The Old Dog
23 days ago

They may be crazy, but not THAT crazy….If I were a disturbed, flailing around semi-maniac, I’s head for the schools too. They’re perfect: They’re well-known to be gun free zones, they’re full of adults who have only one layer of intelligence, very few have any kind of protective force inside, and to tell the truth, the alleged leadership of school districts, only cares about the ability of their union to keep their wages as high as possible, and to get as much time off as possible. So, as disturbed as people already are, and with the incessant pressure to remove the moral, legal, and traditional strictures in favor of “wokeness” and socialistic governance, formerly civilized people feel the need to do something, anything, that will vent their anger, or boredom, or with the be somehow relevant. And, the kids are right there, easy targets. You’ll never see some crazy shoot up a police department, or a sheriff’s department, and most certainly not, an NRA convention.Like any other hungry animal in the forest, they’ll go for the easy ones. ,