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Rossi: The Real Tragedy of the Highland Park Massacre




By Randi Rossi - 

The mass shooting in Highland Park Illinois on July 4th is a horrific tragedy for many reasons. In that tragedy, 7 people were killed and 46 were wounded by a mentally-ill murderer. The fact that so many people were killed and wounded on our sacred day of celebrating the birth of our great nation is heartbreaking. And naturally, Democrats are once again jumping on guns as the problem instead of focusing on the obvious mental illness of the murderer. Any informed person knows that guns aren’t the problem, the accelerating decline of our culture is the problem. And that decline of our culture isn’t just creating murderers, it is causing massive damage to our young people and putting the future of this great nation at tremendous risk.

America used to be a country in which a loaded gun was by the back door of every house to shoot the fox in the henhouse which was the case on our family farm. Gun homicides back then were very rare and guns were simply a part of life. Back in 1775, every man in many towns including Lexington and Concord were in the militia from the age of 18 to 60 and were required to have a gun and ammunition in their homes. Guns were everywhere with low crime rates. And the rifles of our militiamen were more sophisticated and accurate than the muskets of the British Army! The same is true in Switzerland today. Every healthy man at 18 is required to be in the Swiss Army for ten years and they keep their real automatic “assault rifles” and ammunition at home in case they are called up for an emergency. Yet Switzerland’s gun homicide rate per 100,000 people is 40% less than America’s. How can that be if guns are the problem? Switzerland has not had a mass shooting since 2001 while America has one virtually every week. Why is that so? Because Switzerland is not destroying their culture and honor like America is and all their young men are taught to be responsible and safe gun owners that use guns appropriately, not for evil reasons like many Americans do today. How has that happened in America?

Tragically it is very simple. Our liberal politicians, liberal media, and even our schools have declared war on traditional American values, religion, the Ten Commandments, and honor. Over 2,400 years ago, Plato warned us of this when he said “To have a good society, children must be exposed to good material and shielded from bad material”. That is exactly what we did for hundreds of years in America but sadly in the last few decades, we are doing the opposite bombarding our kids with filth on social media, TV, movies, video games, etc. According to the American Psychiatric Association, “By the time they reach age 18, American children will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence. Media violence can be hazardous to children's health, and studies point overwhelmingly to a causal connection between media violence and aggressive attitudes, values and behaviors in some children (Congressional Public Health Summit, 2000)”. What else do you need to know to understand why violence is exploding in America’s young people?

To make that even worse; social media, TV, movies, and even schools are attacking our core values which is causing massive confusion and pain with young people today. “Baby Boomers” went to church, were taught to love America at school, and TV shows like “Father Knows Best” taught us the good values of America like love of country, love of family, respect for others, hard work, and honor and dignity. Today our kids are bombarded with filth which attacks America, traditional American values, good behavior, and honor and dignity. They are even attacking “boys being boys” and “girls being girls” which is a basic tenet of human civilization. That is why only 2.6% of “Baby Boomers” say they are LGBTQ while a horrific 20.8% of Gen Z young people say they are LGBTQ. That is causing severe increases in depression, suicides, and violence. Today, our culture is attacking the foundation of the culture that created the greatest nation in the history of Planet Earth which has brought freedom to over a billion people by winning WWI,WWII, and the Cold War.

The bottom line is that guns aren’t the problem, the problem is the endless attacks on our American culture which created that great nation in 1776 which we were celebrating when that mass murder by a severely mentally ill young person caused so much pain and suffering at a time when we should have been celebrating this great nation. Here is the good news, if Americans start demanding that we get back to our great culture which includes a belief in God, the Ten Commandments, traditional American values, dignity, honor, and responsibility; we can save this great nation and the future’s of our children and grandchildren. All it takes is for voters to get involved and fire the destructive politicians, teachers, and media that attack those values and replace them with honorable Americans that support and defend our values. It is up to us.


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  1. On the same weekend in Chicago, 108 people were wounded by gunfire and 15 were killed. Were those victims less innocent than those in Highland Park? Perhaps not, because Highland Park was one day, while in Chicago the threat is every day.
    That does not mean one tragedy offsets the other, but it does suggest that the solution is vigilance and cultural values, not feel-good legislation

  2. AR-15 rifles have been with us over 60 years, but mass shootings only since about 1990, when CNN and the 24/7 news cycle became the norm. Is that a correlation, or does it constitute a cause? Rifles (and long guns of any sort) are used in a little over 1% of all homicides. Most are due to handguns, illegally carried or possessed. Seven unfortunate people died in Highland Park, but on the same weekend in Chicago, 15 perished and 108 were wounded due to gunfire.
    Background checks are supposed to keep guns out of the hands of the unworthy. Red flag laws are in place to expand on preventive measures. Neither work well for two reasons – (1) lack of data and (2) shoddy enforcement.
    We know that banning certain types of firearms has no noticeable effect on reducing crime, and that a majority of violent crimes occur in so-called gun-free zones. Let’s try something like “due diligence” for a change.