A few thoughts in the wake of the slaughter that just brought an entire city to its knees in Broward County, Florida:
President Trump cannot solve this insanity on his own. He can only provide leadership in the hope that people will do the right thing. So why do people beat their breasts for the president to act somehow to stop mass shootings? And why do the liberal media continue to trumpet the “safe” calls for congressional action? There simply is no political solution to such tragedies.
Congress cannot solve this insanity on its own. Heck, the record of Congress in recent decades shows our elected representatives can’t seem to agree on much of anything. So why do people beat their breasts for congressional action to somehow stop mass shootings? And why do the liberal media continue to trumpet the safe calls for congressional action? There simply is no political solution to such tragedies.
The wall-to-wall call for more gun controls is now an echo that evaporates in the valleys of political and social acrimony. Most of us have learned to not listen to the “politically correct” rhetoric. As U.S Rep. Trey Gowdy said the other day: We have enough laws on the books related to gun violence, and many such laws already are not being enforced. So what good would new laws do? Perhaps therein lies the reason Gowdy is hanging up his congressional spurs – he sees the continuing futility of serving on Capitol Hill.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has probably come closest to expressing a solution to deter future rampages like what occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where Nikolas Cruz allegedly and brutally killed 17 students and administrators, wounding more than a dozen others.
Thomas should know what he is talking about. His roots run deep into a tough and grossly unfair social atmosphere akin to that depicted in the movie “The Help” – one of the finest cinematic testaments to the injustice and waste of racism, hatred and violence. And yet, Thomas survived the turmoil and worked his way into a system badly in need of genuine justice.
The message from Thomas, according to a USA Today report: “At some point, we’re going to be fatigued with everybody being a victim.”
In other words, it’s up to the grassroots – that’s you and me – to find some way in our own communities to take a stand, and then get involved to do something about it.
Even if that means deluging our respective state governments to reopen special facilities for the mentally handicapped, where they can be cared for with dignity, and where they cannot be lethal threats to society in general.
Even if that means voluntarily putting a stop to incessantly blaming all police officers for the misdeeds of a few.
Even if that means turning the channel selector away from TV shows such as “The View,” where Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Paula Faris and Sara Haines abuse their celebrity status to tear down and denigrate everybody who tries to sit at their cloistered little (as in small-minded) table in the cafeteria.
Even if that means tuning out very talented sports figures like Lebron James and Colin Kaepernick – million-dollar athletes who repeatedly fail to engage what brains God gave them before they put their mouths in gear.
Even if that means getting up off our duffs to give up a few hours a week to get involved in worthwhile youth sports and youth-activity programs.
Even if that means facing ostracism from your neighbors because you have made a conscious decision to say something when you see something – as did the unidentified grandmother in Everett, Oregon, who called police when she found credible evidence that her grandson had a detailed plan to shoot up a local high school. The 18-year-old was stopped before he could carry out the plan. Unfortunately, now the elephant in the room is: What happens next?
Even if that means burning every marijuana field and permissive pot greenhouse that can be identified. In this case, federal law trumps state law.
Even if that means trafficking any kind of hard drug – cocaine, heroin, LSD, morphine, methamphetamines and the like – can result in prison without parole upon conviction. And possibly execution if the sale of same results in death to a buyer.
Even if that means goading local Chambers of Commerce and local churches to push the business community into offering more part-time jobs for youngsters – jobs that teach good “people skills” and personal responsibility.
Even if it means doing whatever it takes to bloodlessly tilt the landscape back to being a level playing field, where we don’t have to fear a crackpot behind every tree, or a malcontent with an AR-15 in his closet.