Thursday, May 29, 2014

Elliot Rodger and What Went Wrong

Rodger's father issued a statement through his lawyer in support of gun control and "staunchly against guns". It might have been a bit more useful if Peter Rodger, instead of opposing a category of manual instruments, had spent more time dealing with his son's problems.  
The more that the smiling people on television talk about gun control, the less likely they are to talk about them.
In a collectivist system, everyone is responsible for everything collectively and not responsible for anything individually. Everyone but the killer is responsible for his shooting spree. And that means no one is responsible. The problem is tackled with public awareness hashtags and legislation that hurts millions of people who didn't do anything wrong.
Guns have become a convenient cliché. The new villain is no longer the killer, but the 5 million members of the NRA who are unwilling to give up their constitutional rights because Elliot Rodger's family failed at their single most important job.
And that is the crunch. I am not an advocate for owning guns, and being a Canadian citizen, I find the American insistence on being able to own guns rather puzzling. Be that as it may, this mass murder is being analyzed by everyone without ever looking at what went wrong in Elliot Rodger's family. And I do have to agree that it was not guns that killed these people, it was Elliot Rodger who killed them.

There is a real hesitation to look at the real societal problems that stem from families gone amuck, because that would mean judging what people are doing wrong in raising their kids. It is all part of the political correctness that follows from relativism; everyone is okay, everyone is doing their best, and no one can be faulted for what goes wrong.

It is truly time to look at this issue with honesty. Only when we analyze what happened to Elliot Rodger in his family life, will we be able to come to some conclusions about what made him mad enough to go on a killing spree. 

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