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Conscience, Not Guns
We no longer teach right and wrong.


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Dennis Prager

From the moment Americans learned of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre last Friday, the entire Left — editorialists, columnists, broadcasters, politicians — used the occasion to promote one idea: gun control.

For the Left, the primary reason for just about all American gun murders is the availability of guns.

I have no interest in debating gun control here. I only wish to ask the Left one question: We have a massive system of drug control laws. Yet, the Left is the first to argue that the war on drugs has been a failure. And whether or not one deems it a failure, the war on drugs surely hasn’t prevented tens of millions of Americans, including teenagers, from obtaining drugs illegally. Why, then, does the Left believe that a war on guns would be any more effective than the war on drugs?

That question aside, what matters most here is the Left’s preoccupation with guns as the root of the murder problem in America.

It explains a great deal about the Left’s worldview. The moral values and the conscience of nations as well as individuals seem to play almost no role in the Left’s understanding of human behavior.

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That is why the Left wants all nations, including the United States, to destroy their nuclear weapons. The problem for the Left is not the moral values nations hold, it is the weapons nations hold. American nuclear weapons were just as troubling to the Left as Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War, and just as troubling as Iran having nuclear weapons today. So, too, the problem of gun violence in America is not the product of the moral values of gun owners but of gun ownership.

And because leftist thinking dominates American society — from elementary through graduate school and in virtually all the print and electronic news media — there is one view that almost never gets a hearing: that the primary reason for gun violence in America is not gun ownership, but the lack of a functioning moral conscience.

Lack of conscience is the problem both for individuals and for nations. Among nations the problem is nuclear (and all other) weapons in the hands of bad regimes. And among Americans the problem is guns in the hands of bad people.

This is so obvious that one has to be propagandized his whole life by leftism not to immediately understand it. But leftism is the religion of the West, and the most dynamic religion in the world for the last century. It is as hard to reject leftism in the West as it was to reject Christianity in Europe during the Middle Ages or Islam in the Arab world today.

Does one reader of this column — including individuals on the Left — fear being massacred by a decent person? Of course not.

Then why isn’t our emphasis on character development and the teaching of right and wrong?

Why is this never mentioned on the Left? Why are guns, not conscience, the root issue for the Left?



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