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Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, was the site of a tragic mass shooting on May 24. The killing spree perpetrated by Salvador Ramos, a disturbed 18-year-old, cast a toll of 21 mortal victims, 19 of them children, and 17 wounded. As is the case whenever there is an incident of this type, the Left singularly focuses on only one thing: exploiting a nation’s anguish and emotionally inciting society to attempt to disarm America. The facts, however, do not support leftism’s hypothesis.
President Joe Biden, as well as the Democratic Party guru-in-chief, Barack Obama, immediately went on the offensive. Biden, in a typically partisan, highly theatrical speech, said, “It’s time to turn this pain into action for every parent, for every citizen of this country.” The president added, “It’s time for those who obstruct or delay or block common-sense gun laws – we need to let you know that we will not forget.” Essentially, Biden is blaming the Second Amendment, guns, and Republicans for the actions of a deranged social outcast.
Obama was just as cynical and politically calculating. The former president blasted on Twitter, “our country is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that have shown no willingness to act in any way that might help prevent these tragedies.” The problem with the rationalization put forth by the 44th and 46th presidents is that they are empirically wrong in the analysis on which their hypothesis rests. They appeal to popular emotion, but not facts.
Since America’s founding up until the 1950s, government gun regulations (state or federal) have been weak. The further one goes back, the fewer restrictions on gun ownership and usage there have been. Schools, also, go back a long way. The incident of mass killings executed by gun use, as a historical fact, is a rarity. From 1776 through the 1990s, deaths by armed fire in schools of any level, were isolated and involved few, single-digit deaths. In 1999, Columbine High School, in Littleton, Colorado, marked the first grievous school mass shooting.
Two hundred twenty-three years of American historical experience, three hundred ninety-two of British colonial settlement (Jamestown, Virginia, 1607), and four hundred thirty-four of Spanish origin (St. Augustine, Florida, 1565) defy the claim that guns are the root problem of these heinous acts. Lax gun laws have coexisted with schools for children and no mass butchery by rifles, revolvers, or pistols occurred until 1999. Gun control is not, obviously, the culprit variable. What are the reasons then for school mass shootings?
The variable that appears to contain the origin of many other societal factors that suggest underlying culpability in these acts, is the postmodern era. This relativist, nihilistic, materialist, Neo-Marxist, philosophical framework reared its ugly head around the end of the 1950s. By the 1960s, a counterculture followed the drumbeat of hedonist revolutionaries such as Herbert Marcuse, Michel Foucault, and a wide spectrum of cultural Marxists. Soon a vicious war ensued against God, family, patriotism, virtuousness, accountability, the democratic system of government, and ordered liberty. All institutions that had anything to do with the existing order were targets.
The wretched consequence has been a deep cultural decomposition that has contaminated social behavior. True to postmodernism’s root premise that truth is socially constructed, and morally relative, political schemes of consensual government (democracy) were not made for a citizenry that cannot distinguish between right and wrong. Emotional interpretation and “lived” experiences that contradict facts and are accepted as correct, undermine the fabric of the nation. The literal dystopia, established by a moral-neutral order, breeds an alienated individual that could easily go astray.
Mental illness is another phenomenon that, most assuredly, predates political man. Yet, there was something behind a society beholden to a transcendental order where culture offered moral backstops that kept unacceptable behavior in check. Technology, unfettered by cultural or regulatory constraints that place natural taboos on unnatural social currents, has served as a platform for the showcasing of deviant conduct that include the killing of innocent people.
Ironically, the same people who want to kill the Second Amendment support public policies that would make it easier for criminals like Ramos to commit these barbaric crimes. The “defund the police” movement is wholly owned by the Left. If schools were protected like most federal buildings, stadiums, and airports, the likelihood of acts such as the Robb Elementary School killing could have been protected. Altering venomous cultural traits take time to entrench. This path must begin immediately. Meanwhile, armed security at all schools and places of mass gatherings is crucial. Individuals must also arm and be prepared to defend themselves from psychopaths. As for demagogic politicians who want to disarm you, vote them out ASAP.
Julio M Shiling, political scientist, writer, director of Patria de Martí and The Cuban American Voice, lecturer and media commentator. A native of Cuba, he currently lives in the United States. Twitter: @JulioMShiling // Julio es politólogo, escritor, director de Patria de Martí y The Cuban American Voice. Conferenciante y comentarista en los medios. Natural de Cuba, vive actualmente en EE UU.