Violence is escalating throughout the world, particularly at a societal level.
Written: by Isira | Published: August 14, 2019
Violence is escalating throughout the world, particularly at a societal level. Take the record of mass murders in the U.S.
As of July 31, 2019, 248 mass shootings have occurred in 2019 (alone). This averages out to 1.2 shootings per day. In these shootings, 979 people were injured and 246 died (for a total of 1,325 victims).
There have been more than 110 mass shootings in the US since 1982, according to investigative magazine Mother Jones.
Up until 2012, a mass shooting was defined as when an attacker had killed four or more victims in an indiscriminate rampage. The shootings (statistics) DO NOT include killings related to other crimes such as armed robbery or gang violence.
The overall number of people killed in mass shootings each year represents only a TINY percentage of the total number (of gun deaths). (https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-41488081)
A majority of U. S. Citizens oppose the banning of guns. But why? Look deeper and the reasons are disturbing.
According to the extensive research of Dr Jonathan Metzl, a psychiatrist and sociologist at Vanderbilt University... “Carrying a gun in public has been coded as a white privilege. Advertisers have literally used words like “restoring your manly privilege” as a way of selling assault weapons to white men. In colonial America, landowners could carry guns, and they bestowed that right on to poor whites in order to quell uprisings from “Negroes” and Indians.
The period after a mass shooting is often very telling. When the shooter is white, the context is the individual narrative – this individual disordered white mind. When the shooter is black or brown, all of a sudden the disorder is culture. The narrative we tell then is about terrorism or gangs.
Then there’s the quiet everyday level. There’s nothing more painful than sitting in a room with family members who have lost loved ones to suicide. I’d talk to people who had lost husbands, wives, kids, parents to gun suicide, and they would come to the interview, often, bringing their guns. And I would ask them: did it change how you think about the gun? And they’d argue it’s never the gun’s fault and they’d need the gun in case an invader would attack them.”
President Trump is pointing the finger at mental health. Indeed all of these facts point to underlying mental health - whether it be racism, sheer violence or fear - the desire to protect oneself.
However - suggesting stronger background checks will fix the issue is lacking comprehension of how deep and broad this issue actually is. All of this screams at a problem much deeper than the issue of guns. It points to the unresolved and unevolved beliefs and ideologies at the heart of a society. It points to an environment that is rooted in fear, power, control and fosters a false model of self protection. A society of individuals who believe they need guns to maintain status or self protection is not a healthy one. It is not a safe one. As it stands, the whole debate around gun laws remains symptomatic- it is not addressing the deeper causative issues.
In a nutshell - guns are a symptomatic tool to maintain a sense of control in a society that is still deeply rooted in fear and hate. Only when the deeper issues are addressed will the ongoing issue of guns and mass shootings be addressed.
Until then people will continue to manage at the symptomatic level. This is an enormous task - because it challenges the very footing of the American society. It points to large scale issues that will take deep reflection and higher vision to transform. Challenging the underlying beliefs that hold power in a society is never a simple task. But doing so is becoming increasingly critical. We must all boldly - and consciously - challenge the premises that keep individuals and societies rooted in a fear based system.
It is only with a deep degree of loving consciousness and enlightened dialogue that we can uproot the clutches of fear based power. Consciousness is the leader we are looking for. May YOU bring consciousness and stand for love.