Mindless and Soulless in America
Zombies, at least in entertainment and gaming, are resurgent. They are in their way both terrifying and popular. Zombies are among the dead and have the vacant, expressionless look that typifies life without a soul.
Two days ago, Piers Morgan, the TV talk host, referred to Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, as “deranged.” Lanza was the apparent lifelong sufferer of a mental defect that left him troubled and adrift. His final actions were those of a person un-moored from his soul and conscience.
Lanza seems to share traits with Jared Loughner, James Homes, Seung-Hui Cho and other psychotic mass killers whose actions defy rational explanation and leave us wondering about our communal safety and sanity.
On Friday, President Obama said that events like Newtown are happening more often. It certainly seems so. If it isn’t a national epidemic, it is certainly an emergency. Since 2001, 88 Americans have been killed in school shootings alone. Schools and students have become favored targets.
As is the case with other national emergencies, we look to our elected leaders for guidance and decisive action.
The real zombies among us are not the killers mentioned above, but rather those who blindly adhere to a policy of unfettered gun acquisition and the elected leaders who pander to them.
It is likely that a (momentarily) sane Jared Loughner or Adam Lanza had more soul and conscience than they do. This is because many members of congress, both in the House and the Senate, are failing to act while in full control of their mental faculties. They actually aid and abet these murderers.
What can be said of a society and a government that fails to protect youngsters against violent mass death? What litany of excuses and reasons makes Newtown allowable?
Like the zombies they resemble, the blood on congressional hands comes from their latest feast on the dead, in this case first-graders and those who gave their lives to protect them.