Why, why, why this violence?
This is not merely a question. This is a plea. Why, why, why this violence? Or, as WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan, poses it: “Why do so many Americans have murder in their hearts? What’s gone wrong with our culture that produces such atrocities?” She points to sweeping “social, technological, and cultural revolutions” that have made the air we breathe toxic. Those most impressionable among us—the youth—are the most susceptible to its poison. Specifically, she cites the breakdown of the family coupled with the rise of drugs, of internet porn, of violent gaming, and more. There is so much here to ponder and discuss. What is the root of the root of the violence?
I don’t know, and I am desperate to know and I think we all are. Not just to demand gun policy—which seems such an obvious, urgent need—but to go far deeper than that. To know fundamentally where we are going wrong and to devise ways to fix it. Why, why, why this violence…and how do we begin to stop it?