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Culture

"For countless people, especially on the left, it’s axiomatic that Adam Lanza’s bloodbath was caused by America’s gun culture. Many angrily demonize guns and the advocates of gun rights; they are convinced that only an ignoramus or a moral monster could oppose tighter gun control. … It is fundamental to the Judeo-Christian outlook that human beings are not naturally good. ‘The intention of man’s heart,’ God says in Genesis, ‘is evil from his youth.’ To use the Christian formulation, man is ‘fallen.’ All of us are tugged by conflicting moral impulses, and whether we do the right thing or the wrong thing is up to each of us. Peace, justice, and compassion are not the natural human condition. With rare exceptions, criminal violence can’t be blamed on external culprits. Murder isn’t caused by poverty or gory video games or low self-esteem — or guns. Nor are wars caused by nuclear missiles, or al-Qaeda terrorism by box cutters. We fool ourselves if we imagine that by fixating on missiles and box cutters we can avoid reckoning with the cruel side of human nature. … The desire to believe … that ‘people are truly good at heart’ is powerful. Sadly, history refutes the idea that human nature alone will make a good world. Controlling bad things may sometimes be prudent. But it is above all by controlling ourselves — by fortifying the better angels of our nature — that the struggle against evil progresses." –columnist Jeff Jacoby

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