I realize most of you are as sick as I am of the vacuous media comments about the horror in Connecticut last Friday that left twenty small children murdered in addition to six adults. The young assassins used guns and then shot himself. You may be even sicker of the tinge of voyeurism sometimes attached to those comments. Nevertheless, I want to add a very few considerations of mine because decent people must at all times, in all places, do their bit to combat irrationality.
The probability of any Americans dying from homicide has been going down steadily since the seventies. More generally, world-wide, the frequency of violent deaths have been declining for several thousand years (with a few throwbacks). Stephen Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature” does a good job of reviewing the relevant evidence
Do you remember that massacre a few years back that took place in an open-air gun show in southern California where sixteen people were shot by a madman in a few second? Recall it?
No, you don’t! It never happened. Why not?
Same thing will happen this time as happens nearly always, with every mass murder. People who were supposed to have known the shooter will go on the media and say, “Nicest kid you ever knew; why, he always took out the garbage for the old lady across the street.” A little later, when interest wanes, more in depth. serious journalism will uncover the fact that the mass murderer had been giving the clearest signals of his madness for many years, that the signals were minimized or ignored.
Few young men will murder their mothers first time they get angry about being ordered to clean their room. There are warnings. They will leave the house slamming the door behind themselves, for example. Likewise, no ordinary young man is interested in shooting little kids. There isn’t even a single computer game that does that.
There is one thing that need reforming and possibly tighter regulations in American society. It’s the practice of clinical psychology and of psychiatry. I wouldn’t like what would happen, possibly. I don’t lose sleep over it because the corresponding professions are liberal strongholds. So, no reform is not going to happen.
We are now into the second generation or so of young people who have never felt shame in their lives. In many places, if you are a child who mentions anything resembling shame, you are sent to the school nurse. And shame is not cool. Incidentally, if some of you wonder about this atheist’s great political tolerance of Christians, that’s the reason: They teach their kids that they should be ashamed, sometimes.
Liberals are with respect to gun control where some conservatives are with respect to illegal aliens already in the country. They should stop fantasizing. It’s tool ate to expel ten or eleven million people. It’s too late to take the guns out of the hands of the American people. There are something like 300 million guns in America. Don’t even think of trying.