Friday, June 10, 2022

Gun Mandates Are as Effective As COVID Mandates

Gun mandates are like Covid mandates:  They don't control the pandemic, but they allow power hungry politicians to control the people.  There was a time when children walked to school and back . They did their homework as soon as possible so they could go play in the street.  They spent all their free time in the streets.  They played hide and seek in the dark. They played with mud cakes.  They played marbles and collected sports cards. They collected, washed and returned soda bottles to the grocery store for five cents each. They collected milk carton coupons so they could go to the movies for free. They made toys by hand.  Bought vinyl albums to play on record players listening to one music genre and one artist - not able to shuffle. They lined up in the morning and pledged alliance to the flag, and always stood for the National anthem. They joined the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts because then, there were only two genders.

That generation grew up watching: Gunsmoke, Big Valley, The Virginian, Have Gun Will Travel, Laramie, Bonanza. Branded, Maverick. These films were not only popular in the United States but worldwide. That generation built its own wooden rifles, slingshots and played Cowboys and Indians. Their parents could buy a rifle directly from a Sears Catalog. 

While that  generation learned about American exceptionalism and the pursuit of excellence - A quality that people really appreciate, because it's so hard to find, we have to wait for the Olympic games. Getting an A+ shows excellence. Winning a professional sports championship demonstrates excellence.  - , it also learned about priorities: The pursuit of wealth, power, honor and pleasure will never satisfy. S.O.'s   single illustrates

 the point:

How it feel like, chasing the wind hommie? Don’t we do it all the time? We never chase God but think that the women or the money will forever satisfy. That ain’t what we were designed for & I can tell you that with my eyes closed or blindfolded. It’s mind-blowing, our souls need God cuzzy that there I know, [brotha] yes I know

That generation was required to read the Bible in public schools.  The Bible taught children radical notions like the gifts and the fruits of the  Holy Spirit, where the  seven gifts are:  wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. The seven gifts are: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity.  

That generation was not confused about intersection identity:  They knew there were only two genders and one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.  They did not get participation points. They celebrated John Wayne for his character and did not even think about toxic masculinity.  Or toxic femininity, for that matter. That generation was not depressed.  That generation did not experience mass shooting or a mental health crisis.

Then in 1963 the Supreme Court in Abington Township v. Schempp (1963) decided that teaching children about wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety,  fear of the Lord., charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity was so radical that  required Bible readings in public schools was unconstitutional. 

In  2009  at a  NATO summit,  President Barack Obama was asked his views on American exceptionalism.  He answered: "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."  In other words, America is no longer exceptional, if it ever was, according to Obama.

Now children are penalized for using the wrong pronoun. Last month a school district in Kiel, Wisconsin,  a city of 3,600 residents,  charged  three eighth-graders at the Kiel Middle School with sexual harassment after an incident in April in which the students refused to use “they” to refer to a classmate who had switched pronouns a month before the incident

Now children are confused about their own identity,  Civic studies have been replaced with social studies.  Adding fuel to the confusion are professional organizations such as the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers with the stated mission:  "SHPE's mission is to promote the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity, and social equity. We fulfill this Mission by increasing educational opportunities, promoting professional and personal growth and reinforcing our reputation as a vital Hispanic organization. We also carry out our social responsibility to be involved in education, business and enhancing pride within our organization".  That organization is now teaching about intersections of sociology, feminism and queer theory and their application to DEI issues in engineering.  I know STEM. I know engineering. I skipped Middle School & graduated HS early with honors. I earned a BSEE with a minor in Biomedical Engineering while working full time and without an internship - no one to lend a hand. I eventually managed engineers from MIT, Berkley, Stanford & so on.  Engineering, like medicine, is a jealous profession: no time for entertaining Intersection Identity issues.  Social engineering is not real engineering 

A Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, shows a steep decline in Christianism.  65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.

Now children under 9 years of age are encouraged to make life-altering , some times irreversible decisions about their gender identity. They are encouraged to hate themselves, their peer and their country as a form of liberation.  Now the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts are no longer the go-to children organizations.  

Is it really that difficult to understand why we are experiencing a mental health crisis and an increase in mass shootings.?

Whenever a new mass shooting, the first thing that happens is that the main stream media and politicos, instead of trying to find root causes, the use it to place blame.

Another mass shooting is another chance to express righteous indignation.  

One more photo op.  

Another opportunity to see who comes up with the most shocking headlines - using children as props to denounce violence against children 

See for example  Newport Beach Mayor video

Another chance to score political points. 

The  mainstream media and Democrats blame the object.  Conservatives blame the subject. 

Some blame it on toxic masculinity 

Others blame it on mental health 

While mass shootings are unique to the United States, homicides are not.  Other countries have it much worse. In 2021 New York recorded close to 500 homicides, as many as all the fatalities of mass shootings combined.  This is a state that has the toughest gun control laws in the country.

The gun control argument often used is like the one used to push the mask mandates - don't help the pandemic, but help control people:  states with stricter gun control laws like New York, score the highest homicide rates. Others say countries like Japan are better - comparing apples to pineapples:  There's a firm of social control called culture. 

As  Occam’s Razor indicates, the simplest answer is the one in front of us:  The increase of mass shootings, homicides and mental health crisis is due to a spiritual bankruptcy -  Progressives kicking God out of the public square.  Bishop Barron explains it using the Notre Dame Rose Window. 

 The Atlantic's America without God piece by Shadi Hamid goes into some detail - though he misses badly in several areas, avoiding a discussion on increase in violence in Blue States, ANTIFA, BLM  & overblowing the  Jan 6th breach.  Refer to Bishop Barron’s Top 15 YouTube Videos of All Time

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