When do the killings stop?
Saturday the 3rd of August, a stone’s throw from the Mexican border, at least twenty people were murdered in El Paso, Texas, innocent shoppers gunned down in cold blood making it the 21st mass shooting in the United States in 2019. The shooting took place in the Cielo Vista Mall area at a Walmart nineteen minutes after an anti-immigration, hate manifesto appeared on the Internet. Officials are unsure if it was posted by the same individual that perpetrated the attacks.
A few hours later more gunfire would erupt in Dayton, Ohio sending 16 people to the hospital with injuries. Whether this shooting was related to the recent immigration and border controversy is unknown. There have been at least 116 people killed this year alone in mass shootings.
The suspect in the El Paso shooting is twenty-one year old, Patrick Crusius from Allen, Texas. Investigators are questioning the deranged killer as to what prompted him to drive 10 hours from his home to the Walmart and if there is any connection to the manifesto that reads in part, “If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can be more sustainable.”
That, of course, is an ambiguous statement that doesn’t make any sense, especially in the context of immigration and day-to-day survival and would be something a twenty-one-year-old might say. Which leads us to the realization that the shooter in Dayton was also young, 19-year old. July 28th another shooting had taken place in California at a garlic festival where two young children lost their lives.
Young people going on rampages killing innocent people for no other reason then their own self-hatred is not just a worrisome problem, it is an epidemic.
People will scream for gun control and more regulation, but the problem doesn’t lie in the fact that people carry guns. In Switzerland, everyone has a gun, but not everyone is running around committing mass killings. I think the only true solution to the problem on such a large scale is discipline. This issue is a hard fix on an individual basis because the problem lies in the minds of mentally unstable individuals that are lost in society with an ever-growing population, more people creates more problems.
Angry kids raised in daycare centers, finding it hard to make their own way in a world where the cost of living is often far higher than their income and their distorted perceptions of the world due to false impressions created by vehicles such as social media leaves them on the warpath. Why people decide that killing innocent bystanders would do anything to rectify their own shortcomings is a mystery, but any effective change would have to be on a large scale. The country is too big and too populated to fix one broken town at a time.
I think the only solution is to force all kids, nationwide upon graduating from high school to do a mandatory two-year stint in the military. Every single child, no free passes. Within this framework they would be forced to have respect, discipline, conditioning (both physically and mentally), acquire a love or at least understanding of what it means to be in a free nation (nations are free because of strong, disciplined and well-managed militaries), they will learn the power and proper use of weapons and other skills including leadership, communication to name a few.
Every problem in the world has a solution, even if it seems a bit provocative at first. Isaac Newton taught us this: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every disease there is a cure (some just haven’t yet been realized), when there was darkness Edison gave us the light bulb, civilizations were separated by large bodies of water but still wanted to trade with each other so some genius built the first boat. Now we find ourselves with a much more severe problem, indiscriminate murder on a large scale committed by faceless neighbors within a seemingly normal society. It is terrifying.
These frequent massacres including Las Vegas , California, Pennsylvania and now El Paso Texas have unclear motivations and seem more like serial-killer psychosis than reactionary violence to any cause. On a smaller scale, it is analogous to the meth-infused Nazi Einsatzgruppen that slaughtered, kidnaped and tortured the Jews, Catholics, Romani and others whose race biology was deemed to be marginal.
The difference between mass shootings in Mexico and those in America, aside from the unnecessary amount of blood spilled for really no reason at all, is that shootings in Mexico are committed primarily by either drug gangs, federal troops or police. The last outright massacre that made real headlines in Mexico took place on May 22, 2015 in Ecuanduero, Michoacan when Federal Police engaged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in a three-hour battle that left 43 people dead.
The first recorded massacre in Mexico, not including the extermination of the indigenous population by the Spanish conquistadores, occurred on March 27, 1836 in Goliad, Coahuila y Tejas. On that day, following the Battle of Coleto, over 420 prisoners of war, soldiers from the Texan Army were slaughtered at the hands of the Mexican Army by firing squad. Those that weren’t killed by the gunfire were clubbed and knifed to death.
But as for mass shootings upon innocent civilians by angry young people, this thankfully has avoided burdening Mexico with a new set of problems. The trouble within the Unites States has grown out of control and something is going to have to be done.