By Martin Cothran
When all you’ve got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And when all you’ve got is politics (for an ideologue, everything is political), everything looks like it is resolvable by a law.
Hence the current discussion of gun laws.
In the ensuing days, you will hear politicians calling for new gun laws. We need them, they will say, in order to quell the epidemic of mass shootings.
Critics will point out…the thousands of non-mass shootings, far more numerous and equally egregious, are a far worse problem. But the woke politicians, quick on the draw, will point out that these critics are, of course, racist.
The critics will also point out that, short of a law that takes everyone’s guns away, the law in question will not eliminate or even noticeably reduce the problem of mass shootings. And besides, such opinions [according to ideologue politicians] are clearly racist, which goes without saying.
Undiscussed will be the more underlying problems, like how so many boys end up as alienated loners (almost without exception all the shooters are alienated, anti-social men). These problems will remain undiscussed because, first, being sociological or cultural problems usually related to the breakdown of the family, they are impervious to the mere passage of laws.
And, second, it would confront the ideologues with the fact that the breakdown of the family is the real problem and that they are culpable for bringing that problem about through their neglect and even animosity toward the traditional family.
And, of course, calling attention to these problems would be racist. Of course.