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As I See It: The essence of evil

Any solution to mass shootings - or any shooting targeting people, for that matter - must take into account the presence and motivation of evil. In this case, evil is a systemic, cultural problem - especially in the United States.

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After Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden they eventually had children. Cain and Abel were their first offspring. When the Lord rejected Cain’s gift because it wasn’t the best of his produce, but accepted the one from Abel as fitting, Cain became envious and was moved to kill his brother.

The evil that began in the garden entered into the next generation, and the next, and the next, and all the way through to today.

Not everyone is evil. Even evil people will commit good acts at times. And good people can sometimes be moved to do evil things.

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It’s relatively easy to predict how and when habitual criminals might commit evil. It’s virtually impossible to forecast when ordinary citizens will pursue something evil. And it’s usually only in hindsight that some people’s evil actions can be seen as something someone should have noticed and tried to stop.

Any solution to mass shootings - or any shooting targeting people, for that matter - must take into account the presence and motivation of evil. In this case, evil is a systemic, cultural problem - especially in the United States.

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The roots of this systemic, cultural problem are varied and deep. They include a denigration of religion as a whole, and Judeo-Christian values and morality in particular.

The destruction of the basic societal foundation - the two-parent family.

Using the legal system to dilute and destroy the rights of parents vis-à-vis their children.

The introduction and proliferation of pornography across the entire social spectrum.

Movie and television shows that desensitize children and teens to every sort of physical violence and mental abuse.

Video games that increase the score based on the body count.

Abuse of legal and illegal substances.

Abortion on demand - the keystone in the manufactured divide and battles between men and women.

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I wonder if all this hysterical hand-wringing media coverage has a motivational impact on the vulnerable mind of someone who wishes for his or her 15 minutes of fame - despite the cost in lives.

This list could go on for another several pages, but I think you get the picture. We have come a long way from the time teenagers routinely had firearms at their disposal - without killing anyone.

Can you imagine every boy having a pocketknife in school today? How come we didn’t shoot or stab each other in the 1950s and ‘60s? We simply knew it was wrong - end of story.

So, how do you keep weapons out of the hands of evil people? Even more difficult, how do you keep weapons out of the hands of people with a high potential for evil actions?

There are those who would ban all firearms from civilians. That’s simple, yet impractical. I’m sure you’ve heard the words that reflect the fact that if guns are illegal, only the criminals will have guns.

In the past few days, the president has said that no right is absolute, which of course means a “right” is not really a “right.” There goes life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Actually, I think they have already been working on those three under the radar for a long time. Why do I sense a strain of evil in our own government?

I’m not going to opine about the assault rifle at all. If anyone rationally looks at the numbers, this type of weapon gets a lot of notoriety (courtesy of the media?), but handguns of all types are used in the vast majority of killings. See Chicago and Minneapolis for examples.

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I certainly hope the legislatures find a workable middle ground between the far-left and far-right elements of society and the political parties.

Honestly, I don’t know exactly where that middle lies. Standby for news.

That’s the way I see it.

Opinion by Pete Abler
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