Time to find and fix the real problems

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With 17 school students killed and 14 others injured, and a 19-year-old in custody on charges of premeditated murder, the country's thoughts very rightly have turned to this, and whatever unfathomable reasons behind this.

With only lip service being paid to the grieving families and the victims, though, of course the pundits of the nation, and those of a particular ideological bent, have turned to guns as the culprit.

Almost as soon as the news came out, this happened.

I have to ask, though, why are we focused on guns? Time and again, it's been shown that gun control won't have an effect on someone bent on destruction. Yes, it's a tragedy that children were killed, but it wasn't the gun - it was the killer.

The argument that if guns weren't available then shootings wouldn't happen is akin to saying that since the shooter took an Uber to the campus, if we ban Uber then school shootings would stop.

It won't. Neither will making school campuses armed encampments; that's treating only a symptom.

To my mind, these are the wrong arguments. Don't blame objects; blame the mindset of someone who is convinced that a terroristic act will make a difference.

There is quite a bit of talk about the mental instability of the shooter, so we need to question how we, as a country, have with the passage of time gotten to a point where these actions seem reasonable and necessary.

What has changed? To me, there's a two-pronged issue here. The lack of a moral underpinning of society, combined with the deterioration of cause and effect, has led people to believe that only drastic action is effective.

We stopped believing in God, or at least did everything we could to remove His presence from public life. Think about that for a minute. Nothing that I know of can fill a God-sized hole.

Then, society has moved away from allowing people to suffer the consequences of their actions, preferring instead to blame things - guns, airplanes, NRA, Twinkies, the FBI for not stopping it because they had prior knowledge, whatever it was that was involved. There's always an excuse, so everyone comes out a victim.

The shooter purportedly was on some mood-altering prescription medicine, so the question of his mental health was brought up as yet another example of how he wasn't at fault, but something else was.

Until people are made to own up to their actions, and we replace the moral underpinnings of our society, this will continue and will get worse.

Please keep the victims of this tragedy in your prayers, and keep this country in your prayers that it may stop the insanity.

•The Headline of Note this week comes from BusinessInsider.com: A former Google data scientist explains how liking curly fries could help you get hired.

The crux of the information here is that in the past, all employers had to go on was your application or resume and your in-person (or telephonic) interview to determine if you were the one for the job.

Nowadays, though, with that pesky internet, there is all kind of information out there about you, especially if like today's generation you're a big fan of social media. Potential bosses can find out if you're a fan of curly fries, or are a Belieber, or dress in Tinkerbell costumes for Halloween.

So, while you might think your choice of starch with a fast-food meal is silly, it might not be. So go steak fries. That's my go-to.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.

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