Tommy: Are some people more easily radicalized than others?

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
August 06, 2019 - 11:00 am

Much has been said and written about emotions. To reduce it to its most common level…the purpose of emotions is to feel what we feel…so that we can feel better. And, hopefully, upon feeling better we will do what needs to be done so that others can feel better.

I’m not sure emotion helps as it relates to problem-solving.  I think after the terrible events of last week in Gilroy, El Paso and Toledo it is extremely important to feel so we can feel better. I seriously doubt it will do what needs to be done to make others feel better. Instead I think we NEED to feel and then move on to a rational, pragmatic, common sense approach as to what NEEDS to be done and what CAN be done to fix the problem.  Sometimes you have to admit that you’re facing a problem for which there is NO SOLUTION.

We definitely have a problem as it relates to guns in this country.  While mass shootings get the headlines they account for only ONE PERCENT of gun deaths in this country.  The majority are suicides, followed by homicide, followed by accidents.  Those aren’t my opinions; those are facts.

So how do we fix the problem?  The guns are out there. You’ll never get them back.  Even if it were physically possible, the Second Amendment would preclude that. Therefore, to say “get the guns off the street” is an impossible idea that should merit no further thought.  How then should the problem should be approached?

As my child was growing up, I knew I wouldn’t be able to shield her from drugs.  One way or the other she would have access to them. So the only way, I reasoned, was to instill the strength within her to resist any urge to use them.  It worked.  Perhaps the same approach could be used with guns.

Looking at the problem, pragmatically and not emotionally, this morning we heard from people who have studied the problem scientifically.  Why are some people more open to radicalization than others?  What conditions in society breed hatred?  When does it start, and how to we stop it?

I’ll bet at this point “political correctness” is the last thing you expect me to say.  But, according to one of our guests this morning, that’s where it all starts.  We make the mistake, in schools, of emphasizing what makes us different rather than what we have in common.  Listen to what Fathali Mogaddam had to say and see if you agree.

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