By Robert A. Vella
This morning, another deadly shooting took its toll at a school in the U.S. From NBC News:
A shooter opened fire at a suburban Portland, Oregon, high school Tuesday morning, killing one student, authorities said. The gunman is also dead.
Police say the situation at Reynolds High School in Troutdale was “stabilized” an hour after initial calls came in at 8:07 a.m. local time as the school day was beginning.
The increasing frequency of this senseless gun violence is becoming so acute that it is raising alarm in community after community across the nation. Law enforcement has been working feverishly with school officials to prepare them on how to respond to these kinds of tragic incidents. Parents are wondering if it is even safe anymore to send their children to school. Everyone is getting deeply concerned.
Yet, the country is largely ignoring what’s causing these mass shootings:
- America in the 21st century has become a culturally polarized and hyper-competitive society with little opportunity for success among the general populace. The day-to-day stresses are overcoming people’s ability to cope. A variety of mental health issues are clearly the result Some are reacting violently.
- Easily obtained firearms are now ubiquitous in the U.S. thanks to an aggressive gun culture proliferated by an extremist conservative movement led by the National Rifle Association, Tea Party Republicans, and right-wing media organizations such as Fox News.
If America truly wants to solve this crisis, it must do two things:
- Reduce the stress. People must have a reasonable chance for a fulfilling life. They need affordable education that values them as individual human beings, and not just as insignificant servants to the corporate state. They need rewarding occupations which allow their creativity to flourish. But most of all, they need assurances from their leaders that the institutions of power – politics, business, and religion – are redressing the widespread problem of corruption and will begin to start acting in the public’s best interest.
- Reduce the availability of guns. Common sense gun control measures will help keep unstable people from committing mass murder, while not violating any citizen’s legitimate constitutional rights under the 2nd amendment.