A new associate of mine posted an article about the record-breaking gun violence in Chicago over Independence Day weekend, 2014. 50 deaths in a weekend. Horrendous!
remember one tenet of government: laws don't prevent crime, they
categorize action as crime and enable punishment. Even if gun ownership
itself became a crime, criminals would still have and use guns as part
of their business, and the absence of civil ownership as
a deterrent may lead to emboldening their crime (i.e., if a criminal knows
only law enforcement is armed, then with an illegal weapon, that
criminal could proceed unabated without fear of retaliation, kind of
like if N. Korea was the only country in the world with a nuclear
arsenal). This bloodshed is indeed mental, but it's more a statement
about the kind of people who exist in Chicago, a statement about our
In my view on things, criminal law doesn't improve culture, it
restricts liberty. Changing culture is more important than changing
laws. So how do you change culture? Connectedness, trust, respect,
courtesy, compassion. How do you imbue that upon the violent masses of
Chicago, gun-toting or otherwise?
What occurs here is a culture, a breeding cycle between
monsters and victims. Untreated, the victims turn their hurt outward
and become monstrous, themselves. Sure, they justify, but this mad cadence of
actions continues. As most often is the case, it is an element of
behaviour that starts in families.
To address the cause of monstrous
action and broken hearts is far and above the duty of civil entities,
but it is indeed the responsibility of those among us who deign the
title of citizens. Therefore, we must love those monstrous individuals,
show them compassion, but guide them to a point of health. Relegating
our duty as a community to the officers of the peace, the appointed
governors, that is turning away from our dysfunction as a people. When
this city or this nation or this race can unite and show the heart few
are bold enough to wear, then indeed our problems are over. Until then,
more "obvious" laws and more law enforcement is a symptom of the
loveless anathema of our earthy existence, on the road to an inhuman
dystopia of impulse, selfishness, and cold, crowded isolation.