Republished, I wanted to republish this because I feel it should have another look.
Why we need to include term limits on congress and how this may be one way to stem the violence in our modern culture may need to be reviewed. I've noticed on several occasions that political partisanship trends seem to mimic the pattern of violence in America's public shootings. If we really want to find a solution to the violence in this country we should look at the corresponding political discourse patterns and the relationship that it has as an impact on our citizens
What may be needed to stem the violence in this country will take more than just a ban on assault weapon type guns. There must be a reasonable discussion on how to do this. First, we all acknowledge the fact that mental health cuts have been a huge part of the violence in our culture and lack of treatment for those in need. Also, we need to look into the effect of the violent games we allow our youth to subject themselves to, and what amount of desensitization may be a factor. These things are all good ideas but I think the problem is much deeper than our Senators and Representatives and other elected officials want to admit.
The other night I was watching multiple news channels. I noticed that several newscasters used chart graphics to illustrate the rise in violence by shootings or mass-shootings. Call them what you want, shootings are shootings. They occur usually when someone is either angry, upset, humiliated , embarrassed, or have been bullied. One thing I noticed about the charts are they seem to follow our countries political discourse.. I noticed that in 1998 the chart spikes after the Columbine shooting and dropped slightly in the following 2-3 years. To go on, I also noticed that in 2002 after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 we had near 0 shootings. The chart also shows that as Americans had been deceived by the Bush administration as a reason to invade Iraq we noticed an uptick in violent gun crimes. To be clear I'm not stating or insinuating that one party is more to blame than the other,....they're both equally as guilty at using inflammatory rhetoric to stir up support in their base. Going forward now to 2006 & 2007, the bi-partisanship stayed high and meantime we had 9/11 "truthers" out in public stirring up conspiracy theory stories ,which to some extent got continued media coverage and served to feed hyper partisan politics. Going on to 2008 elections things get even worse with one party wanting control back and other sides wanting to "get even " in terms of blocking presidential legislation. During the inauguration of current President Barrack Obama, there were congressional leaders from the other party outlining how to oppose the president, no matter what the consequences. It's my opinion that we now are seeing the consequences first hand of complete unwillingness to work for the good of the American people. To believe this doesn't fit in somewhere is just as bad as not addressing the weapons issue. If we had certain term limits, for example, 2 terms in senate and 4 on the house , there would be junior and senior Representatives with the experience to lead . Likewise the same could be said for terms set in the Senate.
What I've been saying is that extremely intrusive "Assault Weapons Bans" will not have any distinct effect on violence. Even worse, it may possibly cause a backlash that is even more caustic than if we just slow down , take a deep breath, and collect ourselves and our thoughts while the families of these young children go through their grieving process. This is not to say we do nothing by any means. We need to. However, I feel that one issue may need addressed more than anything is CONGRESSIONAL TERM LIMITATIONS. This would be one way to combat the social and political dis-function in Washington.