America’s Culture of Death
In the wake of another mass shooting, this one in Uvalde, Texas, there have been the standard, predictable calls for gun control. The idea is that if more stringent gun-control laws are enacted, there will be fewer mass shootings.
That’s simply ludicrous reasoning. When a person wants to kill a lot of people, he is going to be able to get his hands on a gun, even if he has to go into the black market to do so. After all, drug possession is illegal, and no one has any problem getting his hands on drugs in the black market.
Instead, what gun-control laws do is disarm the victims. The gun-control laws prevent them from defending themselves. Who wants to take the chance of a felony conviction for unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon?
There are plenty of gun shows in Texas. Why didn’t that mass murderer choose a gun show to initiate his killing spree? Because he wasn’t stupid. Mass murderers traditionally look for gun-free zones to commit their mayhem. That’s because there is less chance of someone firing back in a gun-free zone.
But there is a more fundamental issue that I wish to address — the underlying causes of mass murders in America. Until we get a handle on that issue — why it is that there are so many such occurrences here in the United States — we will continue to experience them.
After all, there are lots of guns in Switzerland. In fact, most families are armed to the teeth. If widespread gun ownership was the cause of mass murders — as the gun-control crowd here in the United States claims — then we would naturally expect to see the same large number of mass murders in Switzerland that we do here. But we don’t. Unlike the United States, Switzerland is not besieged by a large number of mass killings.
The difference is that America has developed a deep culture of death through killings by the state. I submit that when a nation develops such a culture, it produces aberrant and violent behavior by people who are a bit off-kilter.
Whenever there is a mass killing, such as those in Uvalde, Buffalo, or Columbine, everyone is, quite naturally, shocked. How could anyone with a conscience do such a thing, especially to children? The killing shocks the conscience of any reasonable person.
Yet, when we consider the killing of people by federal officials, the reaction among the American people is completely different. There are few shocked consciences. The culture of death at the hands of the state has become a normal and regular part of American life. Hardly anyone gives it a second thought.
Consider, for example, America’s system of immigration controls. We have had this system since I was born more than 70 years ago. The way I look at it is that when a governmental system is producing deaths of lots of innocent people, it’s a virtual certainty that that is one no-good, rotten system.
And there is no question but that America’s system of immigration controls produces a massive number of deaths. There are people who have drowned crossing the Rio Grande, such as Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, whose bodies were found on the river’s shore. There are those who have died of thirst crossing lonely deserts in the American Southwest. There are those who have died of suffocation in the backs of 18-wheelers. There are those who have died from being shot by the Border Patrol.
It’s been estimated that in 2021 alone, almost 600 migrants died trying to enter the United States. That’s a lot of people, and most people believe it’s a low estimate. Imagine a mass shooting in which 600 people were killed.
Where is the moral outrage? It is virtually nonexistent. Deaths arising from immigration controls have simply become a part of America’s culture of death.
Consider the drug war. That’s another government program that has produced lots of deaths from acts of violence. In fact, in Mexico drug-war deaths in the past 10 years number in the high tens of thousands. Imagine, once again, a mass shooter in the United States killing thousands of people. Imagine the uproar if that were to happen. Not so with respect to drug-war killings.
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