Finger Pointing

By Victor Topaller

Another tragedy, now in Connecticut. Which one is it? Tenth? Twentieth? I lost count… Remember the school in Tacoma? How about the one in Knoxville, Tennessee, where a teenager got into an argument with a classmate and decided to shoot him? He successfully accomplished his mission right then and there, in the middle of the school cafeteria. What a daring boy – decisive. Just sixteen years old.

Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy HookElementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there. AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy HookElementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there. AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

No reason to list countless other cases… it’s chilling enough. One can only say that what happened last Friday in Connecticut almost surpassed the sinister record held by the Virginia Tech massacre, where 32 people were killed.

Every new case of what is already chillingly labeled as a “routine school shooting” brings to life a flurry of speculation and debate.

With every new tragedy, politicians, teachers, and sociologists leap at the opportunity to argue the events. The primary objective? “Finger Pointing”. A maniacal desire to attract public attention to non-existent or purely fabricated reasons so that, God forbid, not to even scratch the surface of the real issues at hand. I bet that now too we’ll hear some unbearable, empty chatter about the guilt of Hollywood and video games, the shortcomings of the school system, and how the second amendment should be edited or repelled.

Of course the specialists know better, and yet, just recently, Anthony D’Amato, the Leighton Professor of Law, conducted a study proving that since the explosion of pornography on video and the internet, the levels of rape in the United States have dropped by a massive 85%. Certainly rape and murder are two different crimes, but in my “untrained opinion” there might be something to it.

Such tragedies happen all over the world, but in Western Europe and Israel they happen significantly less. Why? It seems naïve to argue that films seed violence in fragile young minds – Israelis, Europeans and Americans watch the same movies. The argument against the availability of weapons doesn’t hold any water either – in Israel, a boy or a girl with an assault weapon is a common sight.

I recall an unforgettable picture of how a guest from California turned pale after seeing a guy with an M-16 on his shoulder quietly standing in line at the bank. Naturally, none of the Israelis paid the soldier any attention. The American turned to me and said: “I can imagine what would go down at my bank in San Francisco at the sight of a man with an assault rifle…”

Yes, and frankly, a ban on gun ownership will lead to just one thing – the weapons will remain only in the hands of criminals and lunatics.

 Let’s get back to reality. It seems to me that one of the main issues is the notoriously old “father and son” relationship.

Let’s be honest: children in America are raised like “wild flowers” far more than in any other developed country. The maddening, excruciating work rhythm leaves moms and dads no time or energy to parent, thus the children must follow their own devices. The rest of the world works to live; America lives to work.

There is nothing worse or scarier than a teenager deprived of love and care, a teenager who feels like nobody needs them here. Then, the world, cruel and indifferent, conjures nothing but hatred. What to do? Get revenge on it and walk away. But not before killing the parents, friends, classmates, teachers…

It seems to me, for example, that the brazen feminists, who long ago forgot the key responsibility of a woman, bear greater blame for such tragedies than any movie stuffed with violence and blood. And make no mistake – they’ll be the first ones to tell us that the tragedy in Connecticut came about because the killer played a cruel video game or watched “Dirty Harry” one too many times…

I wrote the above lines that very Friday, immediately after the incident. And now, just a few days later, I’m compelled to add a few more.

First of all, I called it – the premiere of Tarantino’s new movie is already canceled because the film contains scenes of violence. The opening night of “Jack Reacher” with Tom Cruise and new episodes of “Family Guy” and “American Dad” – all postponed. Amazing! Here they are, real, decisive actions! Everything will be better now.

Secondly, as expected, there’s a new powerful round of hysteria to tighten gun control. There are even voices crying out to repeal the second amendment all together. Amazing. Point proven.

And finally, not even one American politician had the backbone to openly discuss the real causes behind each new tragedy. All prefer populist howls and hot air babble. All the while, there is more to point out even beyond “wild flower children”, that is, if you’re not too busy finger pointing.

In my recent conversation with Michael Shalshin, a 22-year-veteran teacher in one of Brooklyn’s most sought after schools, the famous Mark Twain Intermediate School 239; Michael argued that if schools had enough properly funded staff psychologists, who engaged the students, the situation would be dramatically different.

When I asked him how is it possible for an armed man to freely enter a school in the first place he only chuckled bitterly – our security is a sham, and as a rule, it’s made up of feeble riffraff, many of which are scared to death of thugs and hooligans, who in their turn roam freely, feeling perfectly at home.

Most schools simply do not have the tools necessary to ensure security. Can you imagine an Israeli school or kindergarten letting in an armed assailant? I can’t. Not under any circumstances.

Perhaps it’s time to stop lying and impudently finger pointing. Maybe it’s time to legislate not the tightening of arms sales, but that schools which do not measure up to real safety standards simply be closed and damned to Hell! No? I get it, that would be far more difficult than the usual recital of slogans and fake “in-camera sobbing”…

On his show, Michael Savage said that this nation was put on anti-depressants.

He is right – that’s a real problem. I want to note one more: neither Europe nor Israel feed their populations with such chemical, industrialized, and vile shit, like America. What do you think? Is it possible that food contributes to the growing number of morons and crazies? But who would dare to seriously look into that? That’s much more complicated than canceling a movie premiere or attacking the Constitution which allows citizens to protect themselves and their loved ones from degenerates.

And one more thing: persistent and unjustified “finger pointing” results in disaster for all the parties involved, ultimately leading to the amputation of the entire arm.

Victims of the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and Nancy Lanza and her son Adam

Victims of the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and Nancy Lanza and her son Adam


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