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She nailed it.
Hit the nail on the head.
A few days back the United States experienced two mass shootings within 24 hours of each other. The incidents included fatalities, as well as physical, and likely mental, injuries.
Once again — for these aren’t the first incidents of this kind — Americans shudder and ask why, wondering all the while how to stop what seems like an epidemic of shootings. Mass shootings. All shootings of a senseless nature.
In response, presidents, mayors and other elected leaders send their “thoughts and prayers” to those most intimately affected. Then some proceed to politicize the tragedy.
Generally speaking, Hollywood and celebrities don’t do any better. Infrequently, they do send prayers. In the ultimate contradiction, they espouse a desire for gun control while releasing the most violent and horrific shoot-at-‘em movies imaginable.
All in all, it’s talk. No real action to prevent repeat shootings.
Why? Because the answer conflicts with the culture at present.
The culture today is morally lost.
And, in a few words, that’s what Oprah Winfrey recently said. Americans are “missing” a “core moral center.”
Americans used to attend in greater numbers Christian churches, where they learned “a core center of values about a way of living and being in the world,” Winfrey says. “Until we can return to that, however that is, in whatever form, we will continue to be lost.”
That’s it in two sentences. That’s the answer to the why; the perpetrators have no center. They have no values on which to base their lives, so they don’t value their’s or anyone else’s.
A gun, a knife, a fist or bare hands are only the tools of a perpetrator. It’s the perpetrator’s values that determines how they will be employed — for good, as they can be, or for evil.
Winfrey nailed it.