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Letter: It’s not the weapons, it’s the culture
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The United States Supreme Court building in Washington. - photo by Associated Press

Saturday, Aug. 3 of 2019 marked a deadly day in America. It didn’t take long before the news media and politicians began the gun control rhetoric we so often hear after one of these tragic events. It continued into Monday, and quite frankly I am sick of it. 

Why don’t we all take a breath, calm down, step back from our emotions and truly analyze what is really the problem?

It isn’t the guns. Mass killings have happened by many other means. It does seem as though in the past nearly 30 years they have increased.       

March of 1990, an arson took the lives of 87 people in the Happy Land Social Club. All he used was 5 gallons of gasoline and 2 matches.

The worst case of domestic terrorism was in 1995, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, when a truck loaded with barrels mixed with fertilizer and racing fuel was detonated. It only took seconds to kill 168 people, including children, and injure another 680.

The Columbine shooters used a handgun, a semi-automatic carbine, double barrel shotgun and a pump shot gun. The result: 12 dead and 21 injured.

On Sept. 11, 2001, nine radicals hijacked four jetliners and killed 2,977 people and injured over 6,000.

Let’s not forget the Hudson River Bike Path attack where a man drove a rented truck down the path. He killed eight and injured seven before he was shot and arrested by police.

When it comes to mass killings, it’s not an issue of method (weapon) but an issue of morals. Where did America go wrong? What in our history has set in motion such disregard for human life?

We should look back to when the loss of the respect for life began to take on this ugly face. I believe it began in the 1960s with the rebellion of the Baby Boomers against the hated establishment. The real root of all of this, though, took place when nine men in black robes told a nation in 1973 that life in the womb has no rights.

The very fabric that made up our nation’s foundation was faith and family. Yet, now over the past 46 years it has deteriorated. We are now four generations from that day in 1973 and have gone the way the Israelites did in the 17th chapter of Judges. We have raised a generation that does whatever seems right in their own sight.

Instead of new laws and more restrictions, we as a nation should go back and return to what made this nation great: faith and family. When we do, we need to repair the tear that has brought us to where we are today, because the loss of the respect of life only outside, started when we lost respect for life inside the womb.

Pierce Mobley