The author lives in Goleta.
Our nation has the mightiest military and the largest and strongest economy in the world, but how great are we, really, if the most immediate threat to our safety is from our fellow Americans?
Why do mass public murders continue to happen? Many will answer with a need for more gun control laws. But back in the days of the pioneers, the pilgrims, the Revolutionary War and our Civil War, there were guns all over the place, and there was no indiscriminate mass public killing of perfect strangers.
What makes all the difference, between then and now, is a society that once respected and lived in harmony with all of God’s laws, especially the most important one: Thou shalt not kill. There was no abortion, infanticide, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia or teen suicides as there is at today’s levels. People did not glorify and profit from extreme images of violence on TV, movies, video games and online, watched over and over again by young children, who then become desensitized adults.
There was no recreational marijuana or other drugs. The family unit, of one man married to one woman, provided security and stability for everyone. There were no “sexual health” programs in public elementary schools, encouraging it and teaching children that they can choose to be one of several different genders while showing them detailed pictures of naked bodies.
In the “old days,” there were strict movie codes that limited and enforced how much sex and violence was allowed to be shown, because it was known that it had a negative effect on public behavior and safety. Recently there was a movie showing young people committing suicide. And sure enough, there was an increase in the number of teen suicides. Of course, what we watch, experience, listen to and observe in our society effects our thoughts and actions.
Liberal progressive ideas reject biblically based, time-tested values and cultural norms. They replace them instead with ones that are created by human beings. Though this aspect of our culture is rarely acknowledged, it nonetheless places a heavy psychological burden on everyone, especially on our children and young people. We have been forced to live in a society where our conscience, our internal sense of order, and of right and wrong, are at constant conflict with reality.
Those who already suffer on the fringes of mental and behavioral health are pushed past a breaking point where they can’t take it anymore. Today, that which once guaranteed the safety of our public spaces has been undermined to the point where everyone quietly wonders when and where the next mass public shooting will happen. But does it have to be that way?
No, it doesn’t, because we know exactly what we are doing wrong and why these mass public murders keep happening. The question to ask now is, do each of us have the courage and political will to finally reject the perverse, violent and deviant ideas of liberal progressivism and replace them with the Bible, the Ten Commandments and prayer in our society and public schools?
Please think about your answer to that question. And hurry, because the longer we take to figure it out, the more people will die.