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Dangerous minds

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April 06, 2018

Recently on TV an impressive street gathering of around 600000 young people, mainly students, flooded the streets protesting against the current US arms policy.

Recently on TV an impressive street gathering of around 600000 young people, mainly students, flooded the streets protesting against the current US arms policy.

The purpose of the event was a genuine desire to stop violence and to save the lives that may be lost in future school shootings within the United States.

After reading the large volume and almost always well intentioned narrative of conventional mass media I got the impression that some experienced multi-billionaire politician was involved in the financial backing and organisation of this event.

Increasing control and regulations of weapons among the citizens will, I believe, decrease the number and frequency of mass shootings. However, this will not eliminate the problem which in time will grow again.

This time any object available will be the weapon of choice, such as knives, machetes, bats and motor vehicles.

Weapons kill! Yes, they do, but the hand and especially the mind of the person who pulls the trigger is the most dangerous element.

There are patterns of consciousness, many of them socially and culturally constructed, which are prone to violence.

Violence that is sometimes wrapped up in some stupid justification that only seems to be logical to ‘‘justice warriors’’.

Governments are more worried about controlling water, food and energy supply, money, the educational system and information systems than in recognising individual rights. It is worthwhile noting that individuals with arms are more difficult to manipulate and brainwash.

As we continue promoting a materialistic social paradigm, mass shootings will continue to occur and more frequently.

— Sergio Prado-Arnuero

Seymour

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