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Other views: No quick answer to violence

2:59 PM, Dec. 26, 2012  |  Comments
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Everyone seems to have a quick answer to the Newtown school tragedy. On the left it is as simple as gun control and on the right, as Jerry Bader said; we need to simply be more aggressive in controlling the people with mental illness. All we want is a Tylenol and no one is willing to look at the disease.

We need to understand that guns are simply a tool. Unavailability of guns simply implies that these disturbed individuals will use something else. If someone burns a school, will we contemplate a background check before buying a matchstick? At the same time we cannot start arresting people with mental disabilities either. Real problem is much deeper but no one wants to talk about that because that challenges our pre-conceived notions about progress!

Our modern values look down upon women who choose to stay at home to take care of the children. House-wife has become a bad word, so much that now we have to use "domestic engineer". When Dan Quayle complained about negative influence of TV shows that promote single motherhood - everyone portrayed him as the villain. Any talk about increasing profanity and violence by Hollywood is brushed aside because Hollywood has become the standard bearer of the so-called free speech. More and more families need two earning parents and children have no one to greet them when they return from school. It has taken decades for the school systems to recognize bullying and still many such reports are ignored as "boys will be boys".

This Tylenol culture where we want to control symptom and not the disease is now our core policy everywhere. Have a teen pregnancy problem - distribute condoms; someone used a gun - ban guns; people with mental disabilities cause harm - aggressively pursue people with disabilities; drug problem - distribute clean syringes.

This tragedy should be a wake-up call for us to look deep and see why our society is deteriorating. We should open our eyes and see the correlation between broken homes and such incidents. We need to promote, not challenge, those families that want to leave one parent at home. We should openly talk about the need for two parents and focus on the importance of the family structure rather than the best strategy to put on a condom. Sadly this problem is not as simple as new gun control laws or mandating new benefits for medical insurance - it is a much deeper problem!

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