Earlier in the month, CNN columnist Richard Edmond Vargas wrote an article published to CNN’s website titled: “Guns alone don’t kill people, patriarchy kills people.”
It’s rather difficult to be wrong about multiple things starting with the title alone. Kudos to this guy for being the definition of wrong.
Vargas writes: “Patriarchy is a social system that defines men as being inherently violent, dominant and controlling while rewarding them with power for being that way. It is no secret, especially these days, that we live in a patriarchal society. Why are we continually surprised when a man takes up arms and commits mass murder?”
Now, I actually agree with his question at the end there, but for vastly different reasons.
We shouldn’t be surprised when someone (be it man or woman) decides to shoot up some place and kill tons of people. Why? Not because of feminists’ biggest excuse as to why they are not successful: the Patriarchy, but rather because we live in a culture that does not value life in the slightest.
It’s not the fact that men can be violent that causes these things. If it did, we would have far more mass shootings than we do. All men (and women) are capable of violence. If that was all it took to kill people, the world would struggle to maintain much of a population.
It’s the fact that abortion is seen as a “liberating” action for women. It’s the fact that, regardless how little logical sense it makes, a lot of people are atheists. Because from an atheist’s point of view, if there is nothing before we are alive and nothing after, why would what happens in the middle have any sort of meaning? If there is no definitive moral code and people can do things that “feel” right to them, then we have people like Cruz, like Stalin and like Hitler.
It’s not male pride that is an issue here. It’s a society that feels next to nothing, at best, at taking life. It’s a society that feels as though there is no higher being judging them and morality is relative that is the issue.
And it’s not just male pride that Vargas blames here. It’s also “cartoons, video games and contemporary politicians [that] exalt male violence.” In other words, he also blames Trump.
And that is where I really have to laugh at this guy’s argument. Cartoons? Ignore the fact that cartoons have actually gotten far less violent from the days of Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner (and even that wasn’t insanely violent, but more funny since, you know, they are CARTOONS!), but there is also no evidence that links cartoons to violence.
Likewise, there is no evidence to link video games to violence. Yes, there are violent video games out there, but if that were cause for shootings like these, they would happen more often. Game series like Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Fallout, Hitman and others are massively popular, all violent, and cannot be pinpointed as being the source for violence in the real world.
What IS a source of violence, at least for men, since that is the major topic here, is a lack of a male parental/role model figure in their lives. And with the most recent sissification of the Boy Scouts of America, there will be more young boys who have to find other means for which to learn how to become a man.
Granted, I am a case for both not having a (at least good) male parental role for some of my life and not having gone to the Boy Scouts (to be fair, I wasn’t all that interested when I was younger and was also living in another country for most of my childhood, but I understand its relevance and importance in helping young boys to become men), so I have my work cut out for me in terms of becoming a man, but I think I have a pretty good idea of what I should be like thanks to my HEAVENLY Father.
Which brings me to another source of violence, at least for men: the lack of GOD in their lives.
I know I already sort of mentioned that earlier when I was talking about atheists, but I will retouch on that and expand on it.
The Bible, aside from being the history of humanity with the Lord and the demonstration of God’s unending glory and power, can also be a fantastic guide for people’s lives, both in terms of morality and people’s roles (yes, I do mean gender roles. “Gasp! What a hideous word”, says the hyper-sensitive liberal).
Ephesians chapter 5, verses 22-31 are a good guide for marriage. Wives are to submit to their husbands as to the Lord and husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and as they love their own bodies.
The book of Proverbs offers a lot of guidance in terms of controlling your emotions, valuing wisdom, keeping yourself from being adulterous, valuing hard work, valuing integrity ahead of riches, valuing truth, and many other things.
The book of Psalms offers, above all else, a 150-chapter-long reminder of just who is in control at all times and in whom we ought to trust in times of sadness and happiness, in times of success and failure, in times of misery and joy.
I believe those books and parts of Ephesians can be transformative in people’s lives and attitudes. And yet, they are often times either mocked, ignored or attacked by evil people.
Those Ephesians verses stir up a lot of strife in the Left, believing it to be evil. Trust me, there is not a smidgen of evil in the entire Book, for it is the Word of God we are talking about here. And there is not a smidgen of evil in God.
So, those who follow these evil people live their lives devoid of His Word and largely devoid of Him who gave them their lives in the first place.
Hitler was a Darwinist who sought to create a new, more advanced species of humans. Hitler saw no value in human life that he deemed imperfect, even declassifying Jewish people as people altogether. Darwin saw indigenous people acting savagely and thought there was some sort of connection with primates because of that.
The Theory of Evolution gave credence to Atheism and thus, gave credence to the devaluation of human life and morality, dictating that men are fundamentally no different from monkeys and that morality is based entirely on one’s own judgment.
It’s THIS philosophy that has led to today’s culture. It’s THIS philosophy that has led lost souls to commit massive acts of evil.
Go through every page of every book in the Bible. I challenge you to find even one person in it who was a strong believer in the Lord, followed in His ways as well as he could, and still committed crimes against humanity, at least by today’s standards.
Cain killed Abel because he was angry with God over the Lord not accepting his offering of fruit, but He did accept Abel’s offering of the firstborn of his flock (Cain tended to the ground and Abel tended to the sheep). Cain chose to be angry and stray from God, slaughtering his younger brother.
King David sent Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, to the toughest battles against Syria so that he might die, and that David might have Bathsheba to himself (and had already laid with her prior to even meeting Uriah). David was lustful and adulterous, straying from God, and sent one of his most loyal men (Uriah chose to sleep in front of David’s house because he didn’t feel right sleeping in comfort with his wife while his brothers were sleeping in harsher conditions) to die in battle.
All men in history who have committed atrocities or evil in any amount have all been men who strayed from God or didn’t really know Him.
And the men who commit atrocities or evil in any amount in this day and age are the exact same way. Just look at Kim Jong-un, Nikolas Cruz, the Las Vegas Shooter, any Muslim terrorist, any abortionist.
All are Godless (Muslims have a vastly different god, so I count them as Godless) and all commit/have committed atrocities.
So if you want to blame anything for today’s violence, don’t blame guns, because violence has been around for far longer than guns. Don’t blame the Patriarchy, because good men teach their boys how to become good men like themselves. Blame Atheism. Blame a lack of God in people’s hearts.
And as a matter of fact, read the following bible verse. That alone should give you a good idea as to what I have been talking about thus far.
“Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways.”
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