Gun laws won’t solve a problem of culture and spirit – AMAC
Once again, the nation has witnessed a horrific and needless act of violence, in which innocent children are the victims.
And again we hear from Liberals that the answer is gun control.
If we look at what generally characterizes the mindset of those – usually young men – who commit these acts, we see what generally characterizes the mindset that has gripped our entire culture.
Victimhood, blame and denial of personal responsibility.
Could it be an accident?
Kudos to the Wall Street Journal for having the courage to point to these incidents as signs of a “social and spiritual” problem in the country. “The rise of family dysfunction and the decline of mediating institutions such as churches and social clubs have consequences.”
The signs of a sick society are all around us: the breakdown of the family, the collapse of interest in marriage and having children.
In 2021, 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, an all-time high and a 15% increase from the previous year.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the suicide rate in the United States increased by 35.2% between 1999 and 2018.
Suicide was the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10 to 34 and the fourth leading cause of death among those aged 34 to 44.
A common feature of suicides and mass killings is that the perpetrators are disproportionately male.
Men – usually young men – commit indiscriminate mass murder, and men commit suicide at a rate almost four times higher than women.
Thus men demonstrate in the most disagreeable way another truth which our liberal friends wish to deny. Men are different from women – not only in their physical constitution, but also in their spiritual and psychological constitution.
For some reason, our increasingly atheistic, materialistic, and morally empty culture seems to weigh particularly heavily on men.
Nick Eberstadt, a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute, looked at the recent phenomenon of prime-age men – aged 25 to 54 – leaving the workforce. These are men who have stopped working and are looking for work. The official label is NILF – not in the labor force.
According to Eberstadt, the total number of NILF men remained stable through the 1940s and 1950s at around 1 million. Then in the late 1960s, it exploded. There are now 7 million prime-age men who have withdrawn from the labor market.
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the male labor force participation rate—the percentage of working-age men in the labor force—was 86.2% in January 1950. As of April 2022, it was 68%.
Women’s labor force participation rate nearly doubled over the same period — from 33.4% in January 1950 to 56.7% in April 2022.
We have moved from a church-centered culture to a government-centered culture.
According to Gallup, in 1950 more than 70% of Americans belonged to a church. In 2020, it was 47%. Among those born between 1981 and 1996, it is 36%.
During the same period, the share of all levels of government in our GDP rose from 22.6% to 43.4%.
The sanctity of life was devalued with Roe v. Wade. Military conscription was abolished around the same time, erasing any personal responsibility, beyond paying taxes, that men must serve.
In this culture devoid of entitlement and meaninglessness, lost young men periodically make their presence known through violent expressions, sometimes directed at others, sometimes at themselves.
I don’t pretend it’s simple. I certainly agree that safety measures must be taken, especially in schools.
George Washington warned the nation in his farewell address that there is no freedom without faith, tradition and personal responsibility.
The same liberals who helped eliminate this now want more government in the way of new gun laws to solve what is a cultural and spiritual crisis.
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.”
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