I’m not done talking about random violence, so I will hopefully get it out of my system today.
I was raised by a no-nonsense father who believed that a man should never pick a fight, but also that a man should never run away from one. We get into pretty murky territory with that directive, but I understood what he was saying while I grew up, and I can honestly say I have never started a fight with another person. I don’t enjoy fighting. I’ve done my fair share of it growing up but I really can’t say it is something I look forward to doing. I have always believed that man should be intelligent enough to find an alternative to fighting, and one only fights when it is absolutely necessary and there are no alternatives.
That’s why these random acts of violence are so foreign to me. I can’t wrap my brain around them at all.
When I was a teen and someone cut you off in traffic, you gave them the one-finger salute and went on your way. Today you give the finger salute and the other driver shoots at your car. What has happened over the past fifty years? How has this type of random violence become the norm rather than the exception?
There is no easy answer to that question. Somehow, over time, the United States has become a very violent nation. Blame it on parents…blame it on the media…blame it on whatever…the change is noticeable and as a nation we have to address it.
Stricter gun laws will not solve the problem. People with violent tendencies really could care less what the law states…they get angry and they lash out at someone. End of story, and no law is going to change that. No, we have to find a way to identify anger problems and deal with them before they result in a death. Again, no easy answer or solution.
I don’t understand that kind of anger. I never will.