It’s not the Second Amendment to the Constitution, stupid
This gun violence is not rooted in the capitalist inclination by gun manufacturers to sell weapons. It is not fueled most by patriotism or the Constitution. It’s not born from the Civil War. Its roots go much deeper.
Average Americans are nice people. I saw plenty of them to conclude that.
Yet, American society is cruel and violent. If you lack money, connections, health, or happiness, you’re out. Go fend for yourself. Where did that come from? You could say that this comes from America never having been influenced by Socialism. True as that may be, that’s too recent.
I guess that all the hardness goes back to the founding times of the Republic. The Land was stolen from the Natives, who were murdered like flies. Mainly by firearms! The Land was worked by Black Slaves. They had no rights, not even a right to live. Survivors from slave traders were stolen from Africa. This double genocide laid the basis of the USA.
A primitive Christian notion was used to justify the indefensible. There were supposedly two superpowers, God, and Satan, Good and Evil, and two types of people, the worthy saintly, and the unworthy evil ones.
When the modern entertainment industry broke loose, films falsely portrayed US’ history as the White man’s victory over primitive blood-thirsty natives, and of the cultured Whites over animalistic Blacks.
This grew generations of White racists. Laws have been changed and shame has come up. But the old brainwash is not gone so quickly.
After that, a new group of wicked people was ‘found.’ Communists were the new danger. Innocent folks were destroyed for the good of ‘progress.’
When that became old-hat, the next group to target were poor ruthless criminals vs. the police. The latter were always decent, the former vile.
It seems to me (a psychological sidebar) that pursuers are mainly people who were extra oppressed when very young, later in life still feeling beleaguered, given a chance now to oppress others. Not for revenge but because they still felt the victim — even while victimizing others.
There seems only one route to making American society as sweet as Americans: to do what Germany has done. The only real way to be truly proud is to reject shameful historic ‘glory.’ A smart Reparations program for the Natives and Black alive today could finally make the US take a corner. Germany has succeeded. Yes, it still harbors 20% hard-core anti-Semites but they are outside of national consensus.
A world without racism will also make White’s lives better. A world without sexism will finally return men their lives. Total respect for young people will give a better life for people of every age. This is not to say that agents of oppressions are the true victims — we are not. But, both the over-privileged and the wronged are standing to gain by a humane society.
If you can go to Europe and risk being slaughtered in order to defeat the Nazis, if you can put a man on the moon, then you certainly can make a nicer society, with protection of the socially weaker, and a total ban on anything that smells after racism. (Just (pardon the pun) to aim for life without gun violence is too little.) You can do it. The whole world expects you to do it. We’re all waiting to see it happen. Please, make it fast.