We Wanted This Culture of Death

In the aftermath of the latest school massacre, the Democrats have brought up what they always bring up – gun control. You know the usual: universal background checks, things like that. Nobody, as far as I can tell, has even asked whether the shooter would have passed the background check (my bet: he would have). It is all so patently ridiculous – performative theater, though Democrats are looking here to goose their base for November. Don’t know if it will work – they tried it with Roe but the bottom line is that people care far more about what it costs to fill the tank than a theoretical end to abortion.

But people were killed, does that make a difference? Perhaps, but probably not. I think that we’ve become rather numb to this, and that is sad in itself. But it is what we asked for.

Earlier today, I came across a Tweet which said that it may be that the cops didn’t charge into the building but instead isolated it before moving. I don’t know if that is 100% accurate but I think that would be in keeping with normal police procedure. You don’t know what’s out there and until you’ve got some intel, any move you make might make things worse. But the point of the Tweet was that the cops should have just charged in supreme disregard for their own lives. To which, you answer: yeah. But.

And the “but” is that by what standard should a cop selflessly sacrifice himself? I mean, I know the standard. John 15:13, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” But there’s a problem here – that’s a Christian standard. It is, to be sure, shared to some extent by other faiths, but the highest expression of it is Christian. To go to certain death for the benefit of others is something Christ did, and all Christians are supposed to follow the example of Christ as far as they are able. But this standard isn’t shared by people with no faith – and keep in mind that “no faith” runs from the most irritating atheist you’ve ever met all the way up to the weekly Church-goer who lives the other six days of the week as a practical pagan. The chances that any particular person – let alone any particular cop – will be a Christian hero are rather small these days. I’d guess that its about one in four Americans who actually take a stab at living a Christian life these days.

And as I said, this is what we wanted. Not like we specifically voted on it, but we passed in silence as it happened. I mean that as a people, of course: some of us objected vigorously and we were told to shut up. But a school shooting is a bum defecating on the street is a child being sex trafficked is a starlet being used as a sex toy is an activist getting rich off tragedy is a corporation turning a blind eye to his Chinese supplier’s slave laborers is a twelve year old being told he’s genderfluid by his teacher and so on. You get the picture. The shootings gather more notice because they are dramatic (and the Democrats hope to wring political advantage out of each corpse), but the rest of it is just going on right in front of us…and in the course of a year causes vastly more deaths than all the gun violence combined.

As I’ve said before, there is a cure for this. It is the same cure used the last time barbarians inundated the West: extreme violence. What we call cruelty these days because, not being Christian (or any sort of faith, really), we have lost sight of what real cruelty is. Civilization is not innate to humanity. The normal course of humanity is to grab whatever it can with no thought to others or the future. To be a person who cares about others and takes a thought for the morrow is a learned quality. We, as a people, learned it over a thousand year period and via the lash, the branding iron, the headsman’s axe and the gallows. We were forced, by those who wanted civilization, to knuckle under to required norms of behavior. And we became so used to this that we forgot that our custom of being decent was force reduced to routine and hiding it’s claws. We began to believe that decency was the norm and that we could release our instincts and everything would work out not just as well as we had it, but much better.

We believed this because people can be very, very stupid.

So, we’re now getting to the point where we’ll have to choose and I believe we will choose incorrectly. That is, we will refuse to apply the violence necessary to restore decent behavior. And because we make this choice, we’ll then find a small group of people who will make it for us and so we’ll get the same result. Civilization will not completely die – it can’t. People will want to eat in safety. Right now, they don’t see how large the threat is but a day will come when they do, and then those who threaten the safety will find things starting to go very badly for them.

But, meanwhile, we’ll just keep going on – stepping around the sh** on the sidewalk as we walk from one mass shooting to another.

15 thoughts on “We Wanted This Culture of Death

  1. jdge1 May 25, 2022 / 2:24 pm

    The sadness and frustration we as a society experience when mass murderers commit their crimes has nothing to do with the availability of guns. The actions of a socialist government have created a climate that not only enables these crimes but actually encourages them. The goal of these government figures is to provide an end-run to the constitution by attempting to generate sympathy and misplaced outrage that can use to gain more control. Biden’s speech last night was a perfect example of this. While it started out well enough, it quickly veered into a political rant.

    The only real way to turn the tides on these and other serious crimes is deterrence. When criminals are not prosecuted, as seen with the scores of recent riots, there is a lack of deterrence. When criminals are caught by law enforcement but then released without bail, there is a lack of deterrence. When illegal aliens can cross the border with impunity, there is a lack of deterrence. The answer to the ever increasing crime are things like, increased law enforcement, harsher penalties including the death penalty, placement of serious mentally ill patients into institutions, and greater freedom to open / conceal carry options, giving criminals a real reason for pause not knowing who has the ability to defend themselves.

    Taking it a step further, as best as I can tell, most if not all of the recent shooters have developed a mindset where the seeds of anger, hatred, rage and hopelessness have matured. Then something finally snaps inside them, initiating tragic actions. These seeds are sown by evil peoples who know full well what they are doing. I just read an article where investigating reports found a number of “organizations” who were prepared to do everything in their power to trash Elon Musk if he were to gain control of Twitter. It turns out, many of those organizations are nothing more than fronts who got their finances from yet more fronts, all with names that suggest these entities are working for the good of the people. But when the paper trail finally hits the true source, we find people like Gates, Soros and Zuckerberg are the ones funding them. This is where our focus needs to start in eradicating so many problems society faces. It is people like these who pose far more danger to a civilized society than any military, and they are the ones who need to face severe justice.

  2. Cluster May 26, 2022 / 8:23 am

    I’m just going to say this, ** conspiracy alert ** there have been two mass shootings while the Durham hearings are exposing the lies and deception of the Russia Collusion hoax. Don’t know if there is correlation but I put nothing past these people.

  3. Cluster May 26, 2022 / 8:35 am

    We have to fight fire with fire folks, it’s the only way to win. That’s just an historical truth. How and when that happens, I don’t know.

    Also, re: crime, the mass shootings get the headlines, but the small number of horrific crimes every day in inner cities is adding up quickly to unsustainable proportions, and these crimes do not get the headlines but have a much worse accumulative effect.

    Democrats and the American Media have negatively altered the direction of this country, that fact is undeniable, and we just may have to kick some ass to get it back. Plain and simple.

    • Retired Spook May 26, 2022 / 9:41 am

      I know it’s not a permanent solution (because people are inherently stupid and have short memories), but I suspect the Donkeys Jackasses are going to take a historic shellacking on November 8th, one that might set the Progressive movement back a generation. At some point, though, I have no doubt that we will be fighting them in the streets. Side note: we’ll win that fight too because right is on our side. I know Amazona won’t like this, but they will NEVER quit until we kill them all. Just a fact. If it’s any consolation, many of them feel the same way about us. Our worldviews are simply not compatible.

      • Cluster May 26, 2022 / 11:11 am

        Sad but true and historically this is always the case. As you said, the authoritarian Left will never stop … until we stop them. And I sure as hell won’t stop either so the confrontation is coming.

      • Retired Spook May 26, 2022 / 11:22 am

        Can you imagine where we’d be if Leftists hadn’t aborted tens of millions of future radicals?

      • Cluster May 26, 2022 / 11:59 am


      • Retired Spook May 26, 2022 / 12:10 pm

        Talk about self-immolation

      • Retired Spook May 26, 2022 / 12:55 pm

        BTW, I’m not advocating that we fight the Left in the streets. That will be their choice, and it will be a bad choice. I’m also not advocating that we preemptively kill all of them. Again, that will be their choice. In addition to the fact that (I know this is getting old) WE HAVE ALL THE GUNS, we’ll win in the end because we’ll be fighting for freedom, and they’ll be fighting to end freedom. It’s not a hard concept to understand. Quite frankly, it’s the reason we exist as a country. It’s not even going to be close.

      • jdge1 May 27, 2022 / 10:34 am

        While fighting “them” in the street may ultimately happen, I think a better place to focus our attention and action against would be on those few individuals funding the evils perpetrated on us. Those individuals being people like Gates, Soros, Zuckerberg, etc. They are the ones funding corrupt politicians & district attorneys, evil enterprises like WHO, organizations that appear on the surface to be benign or even concerned for the average citizen but are fronts for evil activity that rile up groups of people with misinformation and fraud. Take them out and put the media on notice and I think you’ll see the tides turn. I would think this course would be easier, far less dangerous, and would involves little collateral damage, if any.

  4. Cluster May 26, 2022 / 4:44 pm

    I’m not advocating that we fight the Left in the streets

    I can’t think of one conservative that is advocating that, and if that were the case there have been plenty of opportunities in the last two years to engage, but patriots have kept cool. I just don’t see the Left stopping and that in itself will eventually result in confrontation because while we will never pick the fight, we will never run away from it either. So the Left will ultimately have to make that decision.

  5. Jeremiah May 26, 2022 / 6:40 pm

    As is the slogan on many T-shirts across the country now…

    “When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty”

    The question remains, how many will rebel?

    Tyranny and rebellion are two very powerful forces, but only in the presence of willingness and numbers. It’s the only way the one can defeat the other.

    • Cluster May 27, 2022 / 9:22 am

      We are on a slow train ride to absolute chaos

      • Jeremiah May 27, 2022 / 1:14 pm

        Did you see where they caught those two girls with half a million fentanyl pills?

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