Reason for Living (or Non-living)

“I’m going to shoot my grandmother.”

“I’ve shot my grandmother.”

“I’m going to shoot an elementary school.”

These are the three messages on Facebook sent by the 18-year old Texas gunman who was shot dead before he could send his fourth message. But before that he killed 19 children and two teachers.

This is the latest bout of gun-fueled mass murder in the United States, but surprisingly President Joe Biden blamed the gun laws for mass shootings. I’m at a loss who frames the laws. Today the ratio of 120.5 firearms per 100 residents of United States is the highest around the world. Is it not alarming?

The political angle must always be there. Gun lobbies may also be there. But the rationalists advocate a culture of freedom and liberalism. They say that this sort of incident is just a symptom, and not the disease. The root cause is a mental health illness.

There may be some substance in this argument, but what is the reason for such a mental health sickness? No buddy, it’s not correct. If we go deep, we will find that the root cause lies in our family and societal issues, and finally within us, our own behaviour. But who will blame himself or herself for any malaise?

We are becoming cordless but embracing discords of our own accord. Myself has become mine fortified within the walls of the self. We don’t extend our arms in wilful embrace of togetherness even within the family. All are busy with themselves.

My friends in US, please don’t think that this is peculiar to you or your country alone. It’s happening elsewhere too. This world is a small village. Whatever happens in one corner doesn’t remain confined to that part. It spreads like coronavirus.

I get surprised when I come across news items of minors raping minors in India. There are so many Nirbhaya cases despite laws being made stringent. Minors are getting involved in all sorts of crimes, and that is irrespective of their family or social strata.

Minors are alone. They can’t vent their feelings in a constructive manner. They try to do everything as soon as possible, and when they can’t, deviance is the natural outcome, and this deviance comes mostly in the form of anger and frustration. Even on petty issues, they are ready to go to any extreme, even killing self or others.

The fact remains that they don’t get the company they deserve. The vested interests are always lurking around to grab them for their own ulterior motives. I have myself experienced it when I was in the eleventh standard and I got allurements that a teenager can be easily carried away.

The issue needs to be addressed threadbare, with consequences, not against anything or anybody, but within ourselves. It has become imperative to give in to the good that abounds in the vicinity rather than the evil that lurks within that may or may not show its ugly face.

To be or not to be of Shakespeare’s Hamlet soliloquy is the question that needs to be whispered aloud. Silence has no meaning. We have to speak out the stark reality that may sound terrible, or may even be interfering with the reason of someone, but we must not forget that it may give some reason to someone to seek a better life in this universe itself.


–Kaushal Kishore

34 Comments

  1. Yes sir,
    That is a relevant question and we have to find suitable answer..You express the concern very well. Our hate and love govern by our thoughts and are being polluted by our society and circle where we live.

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    1. Thank you, Verma ji for reading and sharing your thoughts. Some strictness is required at every level, I think.

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  2. There is only one reason for the several school massacres in the USA, Kaushal, and that is that the law of that country is on the side of the gunman instead of the children. Bad things, as you pointed out happen everywhere, but not in schools and not on that scale. Some misguided woman
    said there, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Yes, they kill with guns, without them, they could not kill that many in one go. I don’t think the law will change in the US soon, and there will be more tragedies like this one and the previous ones unless it will happen to the children of the politicians who are now objecting. All the reasons put forward as an excuse for the shooting, like the mental illness, although, true, removing the guns is the only way of protecting the children in the future.

    Joanna

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    1. You’re right, Joanna, Joe Biden has himself confessed that when ban was imposed on assault weapons, mass shootings went down, but when law expired, mass shootings tripled. If this is an open fact, who is going to stop the government from reintroducing the law? I fail to understand. Lobbies will always be there, but what’s in the interest of general public should be done.

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  3. Heart sickened, senseless and well said KK. My daughter is an 8th grade science teacher and it’s chilling.
    💖💖
    You words ring true!

    “Questions of how those in power

    Continue to bow to those who fill their coffers

    Deliberate inaction makes accomplices of each one”

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    1. It’s really terrible. Gun lovers of America have wheeled out a buffet of reasons ranging from social media bullying, to violent video games, broken families, single parents, declining church attendance, mental illness to unguarded schools, but not the surfeit of accessible weapons in an absurdly permissive gun culture.

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