The Washington Standard argues that, in the wake of the recent Texas School shooting, both the political right and the political left are missing the real cause of the problem: namely the “desensitization to violence” that has taken place in our country.
The outlet backs this claim up with some pretty startling assertions, including that the FBI and ATF are responsible for more deaths than the shooters in the Sandy Hook and Robb Elementary School shootings.
Right v. Left
Matt Agorist, the author of the piece, begins by arguing that the political left and the political right are both wrong, albeit in significantly different ways, with regard to their response to the Texas School Shooting.
The left’s response, of course, has been to call for more gun control, which they allege would stop such tragedies from taking place. The right, in contrast, has argued that guns are not the problem and that they might even be the solution.
According to Agorist, the fact that neither side’s solution has stopped these mass shooting events shows that the problem is bigger than either side seems to realize.
The real problem
Agorist goes on to argue that the real problem is the “desensitization to violence” that has taken place in America, which he says comes, at least in part, from mass violence committed by the government.
“This desensitization to violence has fostered a mindset in the average American to view life as disposable,” Agorist argues. “Through massive propaganda campaigns, the state and their corporate masters have waged a war of dehumanization, bolstering an unhealthy environment in which people see their political opponents as subhuman.”
Agorist provides the example of Waco, Texas. He writes:
The US government carried out the deadliest church massacre in history and it led to the deaths of dozens of men, women, and children. Agents with the FBI and ATF set fire to a compound occupied by the Branch Davidians, burning the men, women, and children alive . . . Later, it was determined many of those who’d perished were also shot by firearms.
Researchers, who later investigated the incident, concluded federal agents were observed shooting from the compound’s grounds into the building already set ablaze by fire. While the official government narrative is those individuals committed suicide, the researchers were able to demonstrate they were likely killed by automatic weapons fired by federal agents, possibly killed as they were attempting to flee their burning compound.
In Agorist’s opinion, the solution to this problem is not the ones suggested by the left and the right. Rather, it is addressing the “desensitization of violence” brought about by the government.
He writes, “until we stop condoning and celebrating state-sponsored mass murder and treating all life as sacred — no matter your political predispositions — we will continue to see the symptoms of this inherently sick society manifest over and over again.”
Agorist certainly makes some stunning claims here. But, there just might be some merit to his overall point.