As Jacob Gonzales just mentioned on the race discussion here, the Apostle Paul wrote: “One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith” (Titus 1:12-13).
Generalizations are Biblical. Racial generalizations are true. National generalizations are true. So what are American sins? What are Welsh sins? What are Maori sins? What are Japanese sins? What are Evangelical sins? What are Roman Catholic sins? What are Scot-Irish sins? What are Black sins? What are Jewish sins? Then note how the heat rises at the last two because even to ask the questions makes one guilty of racism.
What we know in the US is that blacks make up a hugely disproportionate percentage of murderers and victims of homicide, and whites aren’t really concerned about it. If the slaughter is kept on the south side of Chicago (read the stats), no one cares, including the mayor. It’s been going on for generations and is never stopped. But when children in a school are killed, whites wake up—even in Scotland and New Zealand. “Here! What’s this about guns in the US? We don’t have guns in our countries and our elementary schools aren’t getting shot up!!”
Americans entertain themselves with guns and bloodshed. Look at our video games and movies. It’s our glamor. It’s our addiction. Then life imitates or copies our fantasies. Add in the romantic aura mass killings have among misanthropes and what we have is a mass murder contagion. It’s much like a suicide contagion.
Speaking of suicide:
South Korea 28.6
Speaking of New Zealand, specifically, in 2016 the suicide rate of Maori men reached 32. And while we’re on the subject of New Zealand, this from UNICEF by way of the BBC: “The rate of 15.6 suicides per 100,000 people is twice as high as the US rate and almost five times that of Britain.”
Now then, back to the list above:
New Zealand 2.6
Adding in suicide, controlling for race, and taking another look makes things appear a little different, and keep in mind the suicide stats don’t include physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Nor do they include the slaughter of little ones people like to call “abortion.”
New Zealand 19.7
Keep in mind that abortion stats never include the majority of abortions which are done by chemicals preventing the baby from implanting himself on the wall of his mother’s uterus or causing him to be sloughed off.
But not to keep on, the world is a mass of bloodshed, just as always. We love bloodshed and there’s little difference between the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the US on this front. What’s really significant is the racial composition of those who murder (including self-murder) and those who are murdered, and what their means of choice in killing themselves is.
Some would want to dismiss any racial correlation by pointing at poverty, but at some point, we have to face the moral squalor of certain ethnic groups without simply hopping on the look-at-the-birdie bandwagon of systemic oppression.
What there is a great absence of in the developed world is individual responsibility, and that is caused in large part by the refusal of any authority inside or outside the church to discipline anything or anyone. For instance, if we really want to control violence and murder, we have to restore fathers to marriages and families. Look at the stats on female-led homes for absolutely appalling stats. But there’s not the slightest will for the restoration of male authority anywhere—and this is particularly true inside the Church of Jesus Christ.
So we can talk about race and mass killings and guns, and it is true that the slaughter of living children out in broad daylights evokes a special kind of horror in us, but guns? Seriously? Bloodshed all around us and we want to talk about guns? And this from a guy whose parents didn’t let him play with the kids down the street whose family owned guns, not because of danger physically, but morally. We weren’t allowed even to have squirt guns in our home. To this day, I’ve never had a gun in my home…
So I guess what I’m trying to point out is how gun violence and mass shootings serve the interests of the bloodiest among us by allowing them to focus the nation’s attention on the birdie, leaving them free to slaughter at will those whose body count is stupendously horrendous. Love,