by Jacqueline D. Knight
ATLANTA, GA — On the morning of Friday, December 14, 2012, the town of Newtown, Connecticut was rocked by an act of senseless violence when Adam Lanza, 20, entered the Sandy Hook Elementary school, shot and killed 20 children and 7 adults and then took his own life. Earlier that morning, the lone gunman, also shot and killed his mother at their home.
Perhaps he got the idea from 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts, of Southeast Portland, Oregon, who walked into the Clackamas Mall on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 and shot and killed three innocent bystanders before killing himself.
Or maybe he was affected by the gunning down of Brandon Woodard, 31, on Monday, December 10, 2012. Brandon, a law student who lived in California and was visiting New York, was texting before being shot point blank in the back of the head while walking in New York City’s busy Columbus Circle by an, as yet unidentified, gun wielding assailant.
It could not have been the shooting in Las Vegas at the Excalibur Hotel because the public execution of a, yet to be named woman, was shot dead in the lobby at the travel concierge desk did not happen until later in the evening on Friday, December 14th.
Or could the murder/suicide by Javan Belcher two weeks before on December 1, 2012, have planted the initial seed of evil. Belcher, 25, a well respected, player for the Kansas City Chiefs, shot his girlfriend in their home, and then traveled to a practice area at the team’s Arrowhead stadium where he thanked his coach and general manager for everything they had done for him and then shot himself in the head in front of them.
Liberals are salivating at the idea of bringing Gun Control back into the national conversation. They would love nothing better than to overturn the Second Amendment and make sure that no one except Law Enforcement (and criminals) has the option to carry guns. They look to England as an example without realizing that they are one of the most violent nations in Europe.
Something is happening in America!
There is no question that something is happening in American society. Many evangelical Christians believe that this is a sign of the last days before Jesus Christ returns to take His rightful place on the throne and rule over the Earth.
The Mayan Indian calendar suggests something similar, only these catastrophic events (including the natural disasters that are occurring on a more frequent basis and with more vengeance) signals the death of the present age and a dawn of the age of enlightenment. But, not without about 20 years of human suffering. According to the Mayans we have about another week or so to go!
I think the answer is simpler than both of these explanations. Simply put, we are reaping the harvest of seeds sown by five decades of government interference in both schools and families.
In each case previously described, (except Las Vegas where information is still scarce but I’m betting the farm on my theory) we are talking about victims and perpetrators under the age of 35. These young people grew up in an era significantly different than those of the Baby Boomer Age.
There was a time in America when a relationship with God was not only encouraged, it was almost a requirement. You were taught to believe that you are a divine creation in His image and that brought with it certain responsibilities. If you had sex before marriage, you were practically shunned and having a baby outside of wedlock could banish you to the mythical “aunt” in another city or state where you had your baby and put it up for adoption. You did not murder your own flesh and blood.
Drugs were considered “bad” for you. Marriage was encouraged early in life as opposed to later. But, if you were foolish enough to get pregnant; marriage was your only option. Most young people got out of school and went to work. And because up until the 1950’s we were largely an agrarian society, work meant the family farm or business. Responsibility and accountability were actually taught in most homes.
Most families prayed before meals and with their children at bedtime. God was a part of television programming. Violence on TV was hinted at but never seen. And sex was definitely out! Lucy and Ricky or Rob and Laura did not even share a marital bed but slept in twin beds.
Children played outdoors with their friends and only came into the house just before dusk. Transportation was riding your bike or walking. Malls were practically non-existent and television ended completely by midnight with the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” and a picture of the American flag waving in the wind. Most parents knew where their children were most of the time and actually knew who their friends were too.
By the 1960’s a New Age was dawning and drugs and free love were the talk of the nation. Burning the flag, dropping out and lighting up were it! Getting high became a rite of passage and premarital sex, although still frowned upon, was becoming more and more acceptable. In fact, this was actually the time when young adults began “shacking up” first instead of getting married. By the 1970’s birth control was widespread and prayer and the Ten Commandments were out of schools.
Beyond the Me First Generation
The 1980’s were the greedy “Me Generation” years that produced large scale materialism and public thievery on a massive level. It was the time of Wall Street, mega mergers, hostile takeovers and leveraged buyouts.
The 1980’s gave us Donald Trump, Leona Helmsley, and Ivan Boesky. Wealth was to be gained and flaunted. Women and men were told that they could “have it all!” Forbes Magazine made sure we knew who the wealthiest people were and how they got there became less and less important. Banks flaunted credit cards as the newest accessory for the “up and coming wannabe’s” and we shopped until we dropped in order to live like the rich.
By now sex and violence were not only standard in movies but the language of television had begun to change. Soap operas brought us “real” sex and computers and video games jumped into the game providing instant gratification of your wildest, kinkiest or most violent desires. Porn addiction and gambling addiction and drug addiction was bandied about by talk show hosts across the nation. Abortion on demand was standard and no one outside of religious programming ever mentioned God unless it was to mock Him and Christian believers.
We had JR Ewing and his family in “Dallas” and a host of other night and daytime programming that made us want to live the life of the rich and famous who seemed to get away with everything from stealing to murder. We wanted to throw caution to the wind!
The Shopping Channel and Home Shopping Networks spawned folks who could now fulfill their shopaholic tendencies in the privacy of their own homes. And children began to view video games as a lifestyle as opposed to entertainment. Virtual communities popped up and soon a couple of Harvard dropouts would give us the ultimate in social networking.
Today we are “hooked up” and “linked in” more than connected to one another. We know our online “friends” better than we know our next door neighbor. Most parents can’t name five of their kid’s friends. Our children surf the net and “meet up” with total strangers. If we want something, we borrow (not save) to get it! Many of America’s “poorest” families are able to give their children every electronic gadget available. Kids don’t wear “no name” clothes and shoes; only designer will do. And God? Who knows where He went. Maybe He’s on YouTube?
In the not too distant past, our national leadership called upon us to pray to THE God as a nation, now they tell us that we should pray to any god or no god at all; and if we do pray, it is to be private and out of sight lest we offend those who do not believe in God or who serve other gods. The only time we come together without political motives is when a national tragedy like Connecticut, or Columbine or 9/11 happens. Then, miraculously, everyone leans on prayer. Is tragedy the ONLY way God can get our attention?
58,000 children are abducted by strangers each year. Millions of boys and girls are sexually abused. Our high school dropout rates are at an all time high; and so are our drug, alcohol and gambling addiction rates.
Since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass murders* carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. (Mother Jones, September 28, 2012)
I contend that guns are not the problem: We are. We are our own worst enemies and God has politely and quietly left the Building!
I am an uber political chick who lives in the Atlanta Metro area with my son, Gabriel. I am also a seasoned writer as well as a Business Development Specialist and Public, Community and Government Relations expert with more than 25 years of experience. When I’m not consulting with my clients, I can be found haunting the tube and the web looking for something interesting and political to write about or torturing myself to stay in shape!
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