Blame the spoon.
Have a wreck while being drunk?
Blame the car.
Build a deck that caves in when you step on it?
Blame the hammer.
Some racist kills innocent people?
Blame the gun.
As a society every single one of us needs to take a step back and re-assess.
The tragedy of Orlando was just that: a tragedy. But rather than examine the roots of this tragedy, along with every other act of terroristic/homicidal tragedies that have occurred in our Nation going from the theft of this nation from the native Americans to Columbine, we are quick to blame the tool, not the intent or the root of that intent.
As a society we have become the most hedonistic, narcissistic and the most placative one since the Romans and the Greeks.
We don’t take pictures anymore, we take selfies.
A group of kids plays the knockout game, and rather than address that these children have no leadership at home we just shrug it off as “kids will be kids.”
A racist cop shoots an unarmed black man in the back and we defend the cop by saying that the man should not have run.
A politician runs on hope, then lies to the people’s faces daily and we defend it by simply saying,” well that’s politics.”
People of faith preach love, equality, tolerance and peace yet vilify homosexuals and gay marriage.
An old man is getting beaten on the street and rather than intervene to help our fellow citizen we take out our phones and record it only to upload it to our Facebook feeds in hopes how many likes and comments we will receive on the post, all the while a human being lay on the concrete bludgeoned nearly to death by the hands of an angry teenager.
Our nation has become the most divided and polarized it has ever been. We have lost our honor amongst one another. We all have lost all personal accountability in its entirety.
Left, right, gay or straight we all contribute to this moral decay and personal unaccountability in one way or another. We know it yet because of the misguided values, morals and narcissism woven into the fabric of today’s society we look the other way.
The devil made me do it.
Not my fault, we say.
I didn’t do it, we say.
Better him than me, we say.
We have become a nation of blame shifting and one of no personal accountability. As a nation and society we need to take a breath, step back and ask ourselves who we are and how have we become what we are.
More gun control will not stop evil people from doing evil things. It will not stop massive homicidal acts off malice and terrorism. It simply won’t. What it will do however, is restrict those good people, with good intent from defending themselves or others against those with bad intent.
Don’t blame the tool, blame the individual and the society that created that individual who used that tool to create horror.
Until we can do this, there will never be an answer to such horrific acts of violence in our nation.