In this post I will tackle the debate of gun control and how it relates to entitlement programs. I already know what you are thinking, I’m going to launch a verbal assault against all of “these” people living off the system and instead of finding a job and contributing to society they commit horrible acts of violence and live off the system because they are lazy. You would be wrong. I happen to realize the necessity of social programs and the benefits it provides to millions of people who otherwise would be in serious trouble more often than not through no fault of their own.
I see the issue as being two fold, people have nothing to do and there are too many dangerous, foolish opinions that are readily available to anyone that has the time and is inclined to find it.
I think we can all agree that we live in a time where too many people have way too much time on their hands. When I was growing up my parents often said “idle hands are the devils workshop” and I believe it to be truer now more than ever. Typically when humans are bored two things happen, one, we have sex and two, we fight.
I don’t personally believe for one moment the vast majority of people want to be on social programs. I feel most would much prefer working and supporting their families. Humans as animals pull a certain satisfaction out of supporting their families much like any other animal on the planet. However, there clearly aren’t enough jobs to go around for everyone. Let alone decent paying jobs where a person has a reasonable shot at being self-sustaining. Let us not kid ourselves, minimum wage doesn’t cover the minimum anything today. I, of course, have opinions as to why this is but I will save them for a later essay.
Compounding the issue, we also don’t have to work to get the basic necessities of life anymore. When I say work, I mean no one does. Anyone can run down to the local store and buy whatever it is they need to stay alive. If people have to grow their own food or hunt for food or even chop firewood to cook and eat, do you think they would be out causing trouble? My guess is probably not.
The other issue I see is the media. In a way, violence is glorified not just on the Corp owned media conglomerates but also the entire blogging concept as I am doing now, it permits certain opinions validation when in reality they are nonsense and should be kept to the fool that is writing them
I remember back when I was in high school, my neighbor and good friend committed suicide one night for reasons unknown. There were a group of his friends receiving grief counseling in school and I was a part of the group. During which people were discussing ideas as to how to remember him the best. Someone in the group pitched the idea of using a plaque and displaying on the wall of the school. The counselor quickly dismissed the idea, the rationale being, this was done at another school for a child who had committed the same act. The counselor stated that within 2 years there were 6 more plaques on the wall to which the school removed them all.
What is the point I’m trying to make here? We are copycats and/or susceptible to the power of suggestion. Humans for whatever reason are very adept at emulating others. This can be an amazing trait that can lead someone to overcome amazing odds and have and have a wonderful productive life or it can go the other way and have someone behave in a way that is extremely destructive to themselves and those around them.
Where I’m going with this is by default, the constant coverage of some of these heinous acts coupled with the easy access to questionable opinions revolving around these acts will almost guarantee someone will do the same. If you add in the fact the media, and by media, I mean anyone or anything that has the ability to put information out, will usually blame one social or ethnic group for the problems of another one, the information tends to breed dire outcomes. The vast majorities of people who have mental health issues are not dangerous. They are very productive, hard working, tax paying members of our great society. I am speaking only on the idea of monkey see monkey do.
The Deviant View on Gun Control
The answers to these gun control and welfare issues are not easy. It would be a momentous task in itself to bring back enough quality jobs for all the people that would want one. I wouldn’t even know where to begin on the access to information be it good or bad. Then you get into the issue of freedom of speech. Maybe what my Mother always told me while I was growing up, “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything” would be a great place to start. I can assure you that anyone who wants to enact gun control will not fix the problem