Excellent, but brief, conservation from from Bret’s Special Report. I found Krauthammer’s comments the most cogent, and he also also comments about what to say to your kids. while disagreeing the most with Kirsten Powers. Overall, a comprehensive discussion on the issue (focusing on the psychology of the issue) with good points.
This whole conservation, however, about our “culture of violence” I find shallow. This is the world’s condemnation of us, and yet nothing is said, and even we pander to, and actual culture of violence in the Islamist world, where school girls are targeted on a daily basis. Yet, there is no general condemnation of that, not does the misogyny and child abuse of the Arab world ever make the front pages of the world’s newspapers.
Perspective here is key. Any shooting is horrible, but in a nation with 300 million, and the problem of the human condition and “evil” as Krauthammer notes, everywhere, the rarity of a horror like the Newtown shooting should be noted.
I’m also pleased with the fact that finally people are generally rejecting blaming inanimate object for violence and bringing up the psychology of what drives this. As I’ve noted on Tammy Radio, and in my book the Death of Right and Wrong, the decline of faith, family, personal responsibility and understanding and embrace of the individual (all delivered to us by the craven left) feeds into a moral relativity that condemns us all. This is what has to be addressed, but the left feeds on godlessness and victimhood and isolation. Our work as conservatives is key to facing this horror down.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The first thing I think we have to say is: in trying to look at this or analyze this requires a huge amount of humility. The true factors that we do not know often — even after these events are analyzed and thought through, we really don’t know. This is the problem of evil and it’s been struggled with forever.
I mean, what we do know about the current shooting is that people are going to divide into three camps, there are three elements here. You’ve got the psychology of the shooter, you’ve got the weapon, and you’ve got the cultural environment. And people will choose whatever cause they want to blame. They’ll say guns were available, the laws ought to be tightened. Al though, the Brady campaign says that Connecticut has the four strictest laws in the country. And you’ve got the environment people on the right, and to say that our culture desensitizes young people in movies, in video games to killing in the way that older generations would find inconceivable and disturbing.
I tend to gravitate toward the psychology of the killer. I mean, when you think about the details of the crime; [he] began by shooting his mother in the face, taking her weapon and then destroying everything precious to her. Her colleagues and her children, and then killing himself. That is where I think I would start, al though I think all the issues have to be discussed.
KRAUTHAMMER: We live in a culture where you can’t escape from these events, which itself is rather tragic. So, everybody is exposed. All you can do is provide them safety and love, that’s all you can do. There are no explanations, I don’t that’s what you want to do. You just show them that you will protect them because you love them and they do not have to fear. That’s all you can say.