Meanwhile, these anti-gunners also ignore the biggest fact: Nearly all shootings occur in cities run by anti-gun leaders they’ve elected. Hello, Chicago, Baltimore, and Detroit. Letting these people decide who gets a gun is like letting James Comey decide who gets a FISA warrant.
More guns aren’t the problem; nor is the ease of buying them. Our culture is the problem. Today's American culture features unending bitterness, in which every school, media outlet and entertainment industry "raises awareness" for groups they deem oppressed. Hey, I hate oppression too, but these people always blame one group: White, heterosexual men.
And this group, incidentally, now perpetrates most mass shootings.
Let’s look at that.
Has it occurred to anyone that using every societal platform to blame one group could provoke that group's worst elements? No, I’m not shifting blame from the shooters—they own their evil.
But schools constantly preach tolerance of every group…except straight white men. TV and movies make straight white men the villains at a dizzying rate. Watch almost any media (especially sports media like ESPN), and you'll see stories of women or people of color "bravely fighting against the system holding them down"—leaving white heterosexual men as their de facto oppressors.
Not convinced? Try this little test: Watch commercials for a couple days, counting how many times a straight white guy is bad or dumb, while someone of another group is good or smart. Then count the times others are bad or dumb, while the straight white guy is good or smart. This will open your eyes.
Example: Home Protection commercials. Many products are advertised to protect your home from criminals. But when dangerous people are depicted, stalking outside your door, how many of these villains are women or men of color? None. It’s always white guys, and presumably straight white guys, since they’re not holding hands while plotting evil. Thankfully, a reasonable monthly fee will protect you from all this white-oxic masculinity.
Could other groups be depicted as threats? Uh-uh. That would be, you know…bigoted.
Look, I get it. Our nation waited a ridiculous 220 years before electing a President who wasn't a white heterosexual man. That creates animosity and talk of glass ceilings. Fair enough.
But we’ve gone far beyond calls for equality. At all levels, from academia to media to sports to commercials, America’s culture casts straight white men in the villain's role. And young white men hear this message—or see it—hundreds of times each year.
- America’s history? It’s slavery and chauvinism—by guys like you.
- You’re succeeding in life? White privilege.
- You’re not succeeding? Laziness.
- A person of color was rude to you? Understand him.
- A woman was rude to you? Understand her.
- You were rude? Admit your hate.
- You disagree with them? Until you walk in their shoes (which you can never do), you have no right to speak.
- They disagree with you? Diverse opinions open your mind.
- Straight white male victim of assault? Crime.
- Any other victim of assault? Hate crime.
- You want immigrants to come legally? You hate brown people.
- You support Voter ID? Voter Suppression.
- White athlete wants more money? It’s about greed.
- Black athlete wants more money? It’s about respect.
- Anti-immigrant El Paso shooter? Trump stokes hate and shootings.
- Leftwing Dayton shooter? Silence.
- Make America Great Again? That means, “Make America White Again.”
Over and over, the message is clear. Straight white men are the problem. Just watch TV. Or go to any company’s “diversity” training, as these bash sessions “raise awareness” against straight white men (I’ve been to some doozies).
Everywhere straight white men go in America, they receive no quotas, no special scholarships, no advantages whatsoever—and then they’re told they’ve “got it made.” Over and over...day after day…from every direction.
Does this cause shootings? No. Severe mental health issues cause shootings, and shooters alone bear the blame. But when a group sees itself depicted as the problem in setting after setting…
…then that group lives with a baseline of frustration. Not hate, mind you. Frustration. A deep longing for a nation without endless verbal minefields, diversity bash sessions, and home protection commercials. A nation where blame and merit come from one’s actions, not one’s demographics. A nation where groups receiving decades of disproportionate benefits from trillions in wealth redistribution don’t then demand reparations…
…because you’ve got it made.
A nation where laws are the same for everyone.
A nation where all people are beautiful, and every child is a miracle.
A nation at peace.
Until then, the mental health issues of some young white men will be exacerbated by an underlying frustration—a frustration so ingrained through 24/7 messaging, they barely know it’s there. A frustration of being the bad guys for an entire society. A frustration of being silenced when others speak freely. A frustration of being called racist, sexist, or homophobic—unless they embrace Democrat politics of division and preference. A frustration of being told they have it made, when no one’s giving them anything.
I don’t say this for me. I’m a man of peace, and I adore people—all of them. I say this to assess a threat—a threat that grows when one group is blamed while others are excused. Inevitably, the blamed group becomes bitter, while excused groups become predatory. Why do black kids throw buckets of water on cops? Because they can. Why do gay couples target Christian bakeries? Because they can. Why do women launch false accusations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court nominees? You guessed it—because they can.
I worry about America, and all its myriads of precious people. I worry about a country where it has become tougher to buy guns, but we have more shootings.
I worry about young black men shooting up city streets and young white men shooting up mass events. I worry about bullets hitting good folk who just wanted to shop at Walmart. I worry about that precious black kid who was just walking home, thinking of how to ask out a girl who makes him nervous. Then a shot rings out.
I worry about America. All of it. And today, with an entire society poking the chests of straight white men with accusing fingers--blaming, provoking, dismissing, frustrating--today, I'm worried about white boys with guns.
But hey, what do I know? I’m just a white guy. I haven’t walked in your shoes.
And besides, I’ve got it made.