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In 2008, then candidate, Barack Obama disparaged Midwesterners as bitter people clinging to guns and religion. To the left, those that attend church regularly or look to their Bibles for direction are weak. People that need of a crutch to cope with life’s trials. In their minds the fact that many of these people own guns is just further proof of their insecurity. Given such an outlook it is understandable that the President made such a statement. To him their religiousness and propensity to own guns can be traced to bitterness and insecurity due to their many economic trials. A fanciful belief that might fit well with his world view, but also one that is without merit.
In truth the conservative bent in America comes from a recognition that mankind is fallible and prone to do evil. Just as a constitution sets the standard for a country, societies also need a moral constitution to guide them. Without both a society is lost. In fact to be effective a country’s constitution must be based on a moral one. This belief does not come from bitterness or feelings of insecurity. It in fact creates an atmosphere that is the antithesis of both! Research has shown religious people are far less likely to be bitter when things go wrong than people who have no, or little religious affiliation. In fact, they are more likely to be content and happy overall. If anyone is bitter it is the left who insist on clinging to disproven ideas and faulty philosophies.
Similarly, the liberal mind sees ownership of weapons by average people as a danger to society and the cause of all the carnage seen lately. In their minds, only the cold hard hand of government should wield firearms. The people, for their part, should be reliant on, and beholden to, those in power for everything including personal protection. An elitist attitude that flies in the face of statistics that show that the more law abiding people are disarmed the more dangerous a free society becomes.
In reality, the prevention of honest citizens from owning guns can only be justified by those bent on tyranny. Normal people own guns for one or more of three basic reasons: personal protection, hunting and sport shooting. Those that own guns for protection see protecting oneself and one’s family as a most basic part of personal responsibility. A sense of responsibility directly connected to their views of right and wrong. Hunters, on the other hand, are people who seek to be part of nature and a tradition that runs deep in many parts of the country. That they also help control populations of animals no longer kept in check by other predators is a side benefit. Sport shooters enjoy their sport just as much as those who play golf or go hiking. None of these are of any threat to society.
Despite what the left would have the world believe, the violence of the kind we have seen lately has nothing to do with guns. In fact, the mass shootings and the availability of firearms seem to have little correlation to each other. One can look back to time when machine guns were marketed to the public and students bringing guns to school for hunting or even to show friends was not abnormal. What was also not normal back then was going into a theater or school and killing as many people as possible. This is a recent phenomenon wholly disconnected from weapons no matter the type.
Although gun availability may not correlate to the increases in violence or the increasing number of mass killings there is something that does. Something that can be also linked to increases in drug use, violence, theft, rape and a huge prison population. Despite what liberals might think it has nothing to do with toy guns or shooting clubs. The only thing that can reasonably be found to correlate to the increase in destructive and even psychotic behaviors is the breakdown in the nuclear family and the degradation of the importance of children.
Children who are the center of their parents lives and for whom no effort is spared to create a good home and give guidance almost never grow up to become a destructive force. On the other side of the coin, children of broken homes or homes with with little parental involvement often grow up to be problems for society. No where is this more apparent than in the American black community, where single parenthood and soaring crime rates have gone hand in hand. Children raised by one parent are 5 times as likely to suffer from mental illness, that translates to over 80% of mental problems being connected to not having a mom and a dad! A fact to remember when one hears about a psychotic deciding to find out how many people he can kill.
Children are a society’s only real treasure, their care its primary duty. A fact that seems to have been forgotten. In an age where marriage is about sexual preferences, morality is considered old fashion and children have become hobbies is it any wonder that society itself is now cracking under the strain? As liberal politicians debate on how to best squander their children’s birthright and preach having kids as a right instead of a solemn responsibility maybe its time to put them back in their place. To a liberal the world he is creating may be called progressive but from this perspective it is nothing less than societal suicide.
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Children from intact nuclear families can have a problem child, especially in an age of hobby children; children whose parents think kids can be enjoyed or set aside their convenience. Almost as bad are the buddy parents who instead of offering guidance leave their kids the freedom to “express themselves” and make self destructive choices. Nonetheless it is the stats for single parent homes that are truly appalling.
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (Census Bureau)
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. (CDC)
- 85% of all children with behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. (CDC)
- 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes. (Criminal Justice and Behavior, Volume 14 P. 403-26)
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. (National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools)
- 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes (U.S. Dept. of Justice 1988 report)
- 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. (Fulton County Georgia Jail populous and Texas Department of Corrections 1992)