by Creek Stewart As a rational thinker, it’s always been incredibly difficult forme to understand why the liberal left is so eager to blame guns every time somepsycho goes on a shooting spree. There seems to be such a disconnect in logic –blaming an inanimate object for a crime clearly committed by a living, thinkinghuman being. People have been killing other people since the beginning oftime, and modern firearms just came onto the scene a few hundred years ago. Theissue is infinitely more complex than “banning guns.” I wish it were that easy,but the solution to reducing violence is so much deeper than simply taking awaythe things people use to kill others. That’s ridiculous. But it’s not just this argument that I can’t follow. I havetrouble understanding most of the arguments that come from the liberal left. Ifinally figured out why. The general principles of the liberal left agendaexist in the absence of personal responsibility. They simply will not andcannot admit that people are responsible for their own actions. If they do, theagenda begins to crumble. The entire foundation rests on completely ignoringpersonal responsibility and the consequences of one’s own choices. Let’s take a few simple examples. •GUNS: People don’tkill people, guns do. •ENTITLEMENTS: Youare not responsible for the series of events that led you here, big businessand the rich have caused your misfortune. •FORECLOSURE: Youdidn’t buy a house you couldn’t afford; the bank should have never given youthat loan. It’s their fault. •PREGNANCY: Insteadof taking responsibility for your actions, here is an easier way out. •BUSINESS: You didn’tbuild your own small business, someone else did. •AFFIRMATIVE ACTION:You can’t do it on your own merit, you need special privileges. •IMMIGRATION: It’snot your fault that you’ve entered the United States illegally; you can haveall of the education, health care and benefits of our legal tax-paying citizens.Sorry if you were offended while illegally crossing our border. At the end of the day, the liberal left is very happy withthe direction this country is headed. It’s only the conservatives who aren’t.Liberals love higher taxes, more laws, more regulation and more governmentcontrol. And they clearly have no issue with back-breaking debt. They takepride in the fact that entitlement programs such as welfare are growing byleaps and bounds. They believe that regardless of effort or risk, all individualsdeserve the same reward. They believe that individuals, as a whole, are notcapable of making good decisions or dealing with the consequences of their ownactions. They take joy in removing God from public schools and institutions andgenuinely believe there are no moral consequences for doing so. Any admissionthat personal responsibility has anything at all to do with the problems we arefacing in this country is admitting that everything they work so diligently topromote is failing miserably. The problem with our country is not rich people or a lack ofregulation or too many guns or not enough taxes. The problem is the absoluterefusal of government and individuals to take personal responsibility for theiractions. Like a broken record, it’s always something or someone else’s fault. News flash: “It’s not someone else’s fault, it’s yours.” A government who believes at their core that individuals arenot responsible for their own actions is a government who believes thatindividuals are not capable of making their own decisions. The currentadministration’s war on guns has nothing to do with violence. It has everythingto do with not trusting its citizens. There is a new breed of government dependents that have beentrained into believing they are not good enough and that they can’t make it ontheir own merit. Worse yet, these individuals are rewarded with handouts fornot trying. Then, they are consoled with the affirmation that their unfortunatesituation is someone else’s fault. It is a liberal philosophy that absolutelykills work ethic and destroys the desire to overcome adversity. Those that doachieve success are told they did not do it on their own. The successful arepenalized and vilified for refusing to be victims. Government leaders who wantto control citizens are threatened by successful people who have a“take-charge” mentality. A victim personality is much easier to control. But America wasn’t founded by victims; it was founded bypeople who took personal responsibility for their future. This is the key tosuccess. As a conservative, I believe in people. I feel sorry for thehuge populous of citizens who have been brainwashed by the left into believingthat their misfortune is someone else’s fault. I believe that people can maketheir own decisions and are ultimately in control of their own destiny. But I also believe in fully taking responsibility for my ownactions. Because of this, I know that most problems can be traced back toindividual choices. The consequences of no personal responsibility (from ourgovernment leaders and regular citizens) are loud and clear: If you refuse toblame people for their actions, then I guess you have to blame something else,like guns – even if it makes no rational sense at all.