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Can we climb out of this evil abyss?
Donnie Johnston's column: America needs to confront our epidemic of senseless violence

 Wooden angels are part of a memorial to victims in Newtown, Conn.
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Date published: 12/22/2012

THE REST of the world must view us as a nation of monsters.

You know what? They may well be right!

Americans seem to kill just for sport.

Remember that line in the Johnny Cash song "Folsom Prison Blues" that says, "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die."

That's us, brother! Kill, kill, kill!

We scream about the foreign terrorists that rammed planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and then last week a 20-year-old kid shoots his mother in the head, walks into a Connecticut school and slays six adults and 20 innocent children that he did not even know.

We don't need foreign enemies; we just kill ourselves.

If the Connecticut shooting were an isolated case, we could maybe rationalize it by saying that some madman just went berserk.

But that is not the case. In the past six years, crazed Americans have shot up colleges, churches, malls, a movie theater, a political gathering and now an elementary school. What in the name of heaven is going on?

Almost every night there is a drive-by shooting in Washington and probably every other large city in this country.

We have soldiers that are charged with killing women and children in Afghanistan and torturing prisoners in Iraq. There is a soon-to-be-released congressional report on CIA-sanctioned torture tactics.

Almost daily there is a news story about some police officer accused of brutalizing someone. Within the past month, a policeman in Jacksonville has been accused of volunteering to kill the president while another "officer" in New York is alleged to have discussed killing women and then cooking and eating them.

A decade ago, the D.C. sniper and his partner were on the loose, randomly killing people just for fun.

What kind of country are we living in?

In 2010, there were nearly 15,000 murders in the United States. That's more dead Americans than from the 2001 terrorist attacks and the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars combined.

We're supposed to be the most civilized nation in the world, yet we kill each other--our own people, our neighbors--at an astonishing rate.

Even little kids!

How does someone walk into a school and methodically shoot 20 innocent children?


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