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Guns, Guns and More Guns, Part Two

Jeff Hall

Posted on October 2, 2017 17:16

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It's getting worse, not better.

Yesterday we had the awful shooting incident in Las Vegas.

Back in October of 2015, I wrote a piece called "Guns, Guns and More Guns."  I can't recall now what shooting to which that was in response.

You can see it here, if you like.

The basic message was pretty simple:

1) We need to do a better job of doing background checks on gun buyers;

2) There needs to be some, at least minimal form, of gun registration and maybe even insurance.

3) It's time -- long overdue, really -- for Congress to act.

Next time there's a mass shooting, I can pull out this editorial and call it Part Three.

We seem to live in an age of great sadness. 

With TV and social media and even our political dialogue constantly championing celebrity, power, good looks and money, it's easy for those without all this to feel "less than."

If there's one way to "be somebody" -- if even for a day or two -- it's to go out and shoot a bunch of people.  

Back in 1854, Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” 

This is no longer the case. People want to go out with a bang.

While doing a better job of controlling access to guns is a logical starting place, I hope we, as a society, can step back from the abyss and try and figure out how to be happier. 

There is way too much division and anger; the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots" is very unhealthy. 

Studies indicate social media seems to make people less happy, not more happy.

Back in Thoreau's time, most Americans worked on farms. They were probably too tired at the end of the day to contemplate shooting up a bunch of people all at once.

It feels like today people have too much time on their hands, and they don't know what to do with it. 

When they see others with "more," they want to get even. 

It might only get worse as jobs get turned over to robots. People need meaningful work to feel fulfilled. 

I know someone in the field of wildlife conservation. Many species are going extinct because mankind is hunting them down or chopping down all the forests, leaving animals nowhere to go.

This wildlife conservationist says what's really needed is some kind of plague that wipes out a third of mankind, giving the survivors a chance to start over. 

That's a grim thought, but maybe it has come to that. A plague or natural disaster seems more understandable, in that you can't really argue with Mother Nature. 

When humans shoot up other humans in huge numbers, that's much more difficult to fathom. 

Everyone is saying today that "thoughts and prayers" aren't enough." 

I think that's right. But it's a starting place. 

Let's pray for healing on a massive scale. Something isn't right these days. We need to fix it before it's too late. 

Otherwise Mother Nature might intervene. Maybe that's what it's going to take.

Jeff Hall

Posted on October 2, 2017 17:16


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