Gun mayhem a sign of America's moral decline

Has anyone thought about the correlation between today's gun violence today and the decline of moral and religious values since the 1940s, '50s and early '60s?

In those decades we allowed God in our schools, courts and businesses. Parents were allowed to discipline children when necessary (and the children survived). We were taught to respect our elders, hold doors for others and allow a vehicle to merge into our lane without a case of road rage.

It did not take a village to raise a child. Parents did it with the aid of teachers who could also lay down a little discipline. No child left behind was unheard of. If you didn't study and failed the finals you did the school semester over again or attended summer school. Sex was a private thing for the most part and we didn't have parades to express our sexual preference.

But now all these things have been declared unsuitable and old-fashioned. Today we have a government program for everything and everyone. We also have mass shootings, bombings (by the way, Timothy McVeigh did not have a gun) and a knee jerk reaction by politicians to every horrific event.

The gun control hysteria is a prime example. Please explain how a law banning high-capacity magazines is going to deter some maniac from killing when their mind is set on it. Again I point out Mr. McVeigh, a van, fertilizer and some gasoline.

Politicians are using these events for gathering votes. I don't think they care if the new proposed bans will work. They just want to be able to say they did something. I wonder if anyone notices that the people yelling the loudest about banning guns are usually surrounded by armed bodyguards, even while on vacation.

In this age of mass killings we need to rethink and revise our goals. Pass some sensible gun laws, get the crooks out of government, put term limits on all political offices and throw out the career politicians. Stop spending billions on programs that do nothing but waste the taxpayers' money and insure votes for the political party in power.

Put America first when it comes to needed emergency aid. We spend billions overseas in countries that hate us while needy children here go hungry.

Most of all stop chasing God out of our lives. If you don't believe, that's your privilege, but run to the ACLU and object to mine. If the justices on the Supreme Court had any backbone the Ten Commandments would still be displayed in courtrooms across the country.

Patrick M. Lynch, Glen Burnie

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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