Predictably, close in the wake of the horrific school shooting in Uvalde comes the “do something!” crowd, soon followed by renewed attacks on the “gun lobby”. And all of this periodic outburst will again end in frustration until we develop the political courage to focus intently on the underlying cultural problems that are producing holes in the souls of more and more young people, mainly troubled young men. The Wall Street Journal editorial board hit the right notes today. Here is an excerpt:
“The recent proliferation of mass shootings suggests a deeper malady than gun laws can fix….that a teenager could look at a nine-year-old, aim a gun, and pull the trigger signals some larger social and cultural breakdown…..This cultural erosion will take years to repair, but a good start would be to admit that it plays a role in the increasing acts of insensate violence….We are fated to have another debate on gun control because half of American politics will insist on it. By all means have at it. But anyone who thinks gun laws will end mass shootings in America isn’t paying attention to the much larger problem of mental illness and the collapse of cultural guardrails”.