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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
Letter of the Day

Looking for causes in all the wrong places

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Once again another mass killing takes place, this time in Washington, D.C. This is the 20th to occur in the United States in nearly five years.

As usual, the media cite the usual suspects to explain this murderous atrocity: the need for more gun control, lack of security, a grievance, a plot, and so forth. Band-Aid measures will be demanded until the next bloody massacre takes place.

When I was growing up, such horrors were unheard of. No one with a conscience would have had the desire or audacity to carry out such diabolical actions.

What happened?

We have slowly lost all sense of a moral consensus over the past 50 years. Many young adults today were raised without a moral compass to learn what is always right and what is always wrong.

How can this be universally taught when one-third of American children — 15 million — are being raised without a father?

Nearly 5 million more children live without a mother.

Twenty million A.W.O.L. parents have a devastating, negative psychological effect on many children. So does having 40 percent to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. And 40 percent of babies are born to unmarried mothers.

These social pathologies often produce very wounded and deeply troubled adults. We deprive children of the stable, healthy upbringing they desperately deserve.

Given these sad facts and the schools’ revulsion to teaching time-tested “Good Society” ethics that have given us the freedom (right) to do what is good and to reject evil, little is needed to connect the dots.

The greatest tragedy in all this mayhem is the complete incapacity and will of society and its top leaders to recognize and speak the unambiguous truths affecting these crimes against humanity. They’re looking for causes in all the wrong places.

Jim Connolly

Tampa

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