Whenever a tragic event occurs there is always a surge of emotional reaction that follows. We, as humans, are designed to learn from our experiences and surroundings and adapt. We can attribute it to our innate survival instinct. However, there seems to be a growing divide between the two most prevalent reactions. This is evidenced on a grand scale, through the media, each time one of these tragic events occur.
Take, for example, the horrific murder of nine law abiding church goers in Charleston, SC. As a nation this has struck an intense emotional chord with us. We are disgusted and outraged that a sick, demented, man broke law after law, taking innocent lives, in order to try and propel us into what he hoped would become a new civil war based solely on the level of melanin in our DNA.
Although we are all deeply disturbed by this senseless event, we have seen a vast chasm emerge in our emotional reaction and drive to adapt in order to better survive.
On the left we see demands for social accountability via introducing more gun laws. This group of people believe that the threat of breaking one more law would've been so overwhelming that it would've made this deranged murderer decide that perhaps carrying out his sadistic and evil plan, was just not worth the risk involved.
On the right however, we see demands for personal accountability. This is evidenced in both the blame falling squarely on the shoulders of the criminal, instead of flippantly blaming the instrument he chose to use, as well as questioning why in the world those innocent people were not afforded their basic right of self defense with the most effective tool available.
It is apparent that some people prefer to not personalize such a devastating tragedy. They would instead opt to make large sweeping generalizations and condemnations against an entire group of people, and their preferred tools of defense, instead of holding individuals accountable for their own choices. Whether that may be the choice the murderer made to take life, or the legal gun owners choice to defend life.
As we are all well aware, murder is illegal in all 50 states. That form of social accountability obviously was not an effective deterrent in this case. The facts show that adding more laws won't make it any more illegal than what it already is.
Although, when we use personal accountability, as in making it legal to defend oneself with the most efficient tool available, it seems to actually be an effective deterrent. Time and time again we bear witness to these horrific tragedies where the criminal's goal is to commit a crime and not be hurt or killed in the process. That is why we repeatedly see these events taking place in gun free zones.
So, what is it that we have learned from such tragedies? As a nation, while we process through the emotional reactions of these tragic events, one thing remains consistent. Social accountability can only say "If you choose to do these things you are breaking the law." It is only through the personal accountability of self defense that we can stand together and say, "I will no longer put my life in the hands of criminals who wish to do me harm. I am not a victim."
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