Humans killing humans is anything but an of-late phenomenon. Man and at least to some extent, womankind, have been laying waste to one another since God first placed the two together in the Garden of Eden.
The reality is we’ve been killing one another for myriad reasons, and we have been doing it with both prejudice and just about every kind of weapon lying around we can readily get our hands on.
Cain used a rock to kill his brother Abel, most likely because it was the first convenient thing he saw and was easily available to him.
But he could have just as effortlessly caved in Abel’s skull with a thick branch from one of the many trees God had placed in the Garden for his parents a few years earlier.
He could have also thrown a sucker punch and then, while his brother was at least addled and likely on the ground, quickly pounced on and choked the last breath out of him. But the point is he didn’t, he chose a rock.
Motive, happenstance, means and opportunity coalesced perfectly for Cain that day in the field and he took advantage of all three because he was convinced his reasons for killing his brother were more important than his brother’s reasons for wanting to go on living. That simple.
Since that time to the present there have been so many human killings that very likely the most advanced computer available to us in 2021 would burn and crash just trying to calculate them.
And little doubt since Cain and Abel most of these killings have indeed primarily come at the hands of older adults.
But there’s simply no denying the fact that youngsters have definitely always been in the mix. In fact, these days it would seem like they’re doing their level best to make up lost ground, or at least giving it the ole “middle school” try.
Just recently, in Volusia County, Florida, a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy broke into a house and used several guns and a significant cache of ammunition they found to wage a small war against the sheriff’s deputies who eventually showed up to investigate the break-in.
A great many things happened in the interim, but the incident ultimately ended with the girl being non-fatally shot by the officers and the boy surrendering without further blood being spilled.
The sheriff succinctly but very much appropriately summed up the event during a press briefing with this statement, “I don’t know what to say. Where have we gone wrong that a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old think it’s OK to take on law enforcement?”
It didn’t take him long to hear a good answer to his very good question. After it was over, he learned the girl had stated to the boy just prior to the shootout that, and I quote, “I’m gonna roll this down like GTA,” which of course was in reference to the graphically bloody video game “Grand Theft Auto” that she apparently played as casually and as often as girls used to play Hopscotch.
And if that wasn’t a determining enough answer for him, the boy’s aloof reaction had to be the clincher: “…he told detectives he knew they were cops when he shot at them because he wanted to harm them. There are the words of a 12-year-old,” the sheriff said.
Gun opponents seeking stricter laws and/or the elimination of guns altogether no doubt were quick to say, “See, if there hadn’t been guns in the house this would have never happened! This is precisely why no one should have guns. Guns are to blame for all the senseless killings in this country and it’s not going to stop until there are no more guns.”
In response, however, millions of others and I would point out for the zillionth time that if there also had been no rocks Cain still would have found some other means to kill his brother.
Both young and old alike kill, especially these days, because we have blindly and quite guiltily arrived at a point in our culture where human life is regarded with less reverence than that afforded a bug.
Whether it’s video games, movies, books, Godless homes and/or bad parenting, or simply a toxic combination of all these and many other factors, one human being killing another has absolutely nothing to do with what type of weapon he or she has available at the time to carry it out.
In the final analysis, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a gun, a knife, an automobile, a rock, or even bare hands. If someone has made up his mind to take another human’s life, he’s going to do it with whatever means he has at his immediate disposal.
And until the ones calamity howling the most about guns finally admit to and accept this certainty — that the real reason behind all these senseless killings has a much much deeper and darker undercurrent to it than just simple choice of weapon — not only will they get bloodier but inevitably they will also occur with even more frequency than they do now.
And this scenario is simply unacceptable, and is so irrespective of which side of the political aisle you’re currently sitting.