YOUNG VOICES: More guns, laws won't keep us from cliff

2013-01-07T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: More guns, laws won't keep us from cliffRaymond Anderson Jr.
January 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

America is on the verge of falling off a cliff, but, unfortunately for all of us, it’s not a fiscal one. Nor can it be solved like our current fiscal problems. We cannot throw money at it or expect our government officials to make wise choices for us.

In fact, the only resemblance this cliff has to the fiscal one is that it will affect future generations far more than current ones.

We are on the verge of falling off a moral cliff.

Take for example the Sandy Hook tragedy. Twenty children, six school staff members, all shot dead. We all would like to think we mourned, but did we?

I don’t think I can remember one name of one of those innocent children who died. Can you? There is only one name I can remember, and I’m sure most of you can, too, because the media (on the right and left) made sure everyone knew it, and it’s the name of the monster who murdered them.

But let’s not just blame the media, for they only sell us what we, as a culture, want.

Let’s then go a step further. After we mourned for a whole 5 seconds, we began to demand solutions. Our political leaders, on the left and right, saw an opportunity and exploited it. “Let’s take away guns from people who had nothing to do with this murder” suggested the left. “No, that would be expanding government power. Let’s instead put an armed guard in every school” replied the right.

Shame on them both for seeking more power and, at the same time, shame on us for turning to them for answers!

True, in this and other examples of our societal moral decay there exists uncontrollable variables (mainly mentally unstable individuals). In no way am I saying our cultural standards are to blame for mental illnesses, but does anyone honestly believe the glorification of violence through films, video games, etc., in no way destabilizes already potentially dangerous individuals?

We as a culture need take a good look in the mirror. The state of our nation is a reflection of our values.

The violence, theft and lawlessness are all seeds that were sown long ago. We wanted an “if it feels good, do it" society, and we received one.

This isn't to say that we don’t have time to reverse our mistakes. We do. But we unfortunately keep looking for answers in the wrong places. We keep thinking, “If I just buy a bigger gun ... ” or “If the government would just pass a law ... ” and it’s not working.

We don’t need more guns, more laws or more government power; we need more God.

Raymond Anderson of Hammond is a junior at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's and not necessarily that of The Times.

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