Ending the Cycle of Gun Violence in America

Temple of Anjana

Cataclysmic gun violence is the quintessence of the American narrative. Photo after photo of disturbing faces behind masterful plans to cleanse America of its ills pervade our newsfeeds.  Meanwhile, Law enforcement officers have killed in cold blood and have walked free. Each are not different from the other, save a uniform.

There is no such singularity as a peace culture or violence culture. There are aspects of both in each.  But I do not believe that if we want to prepare for peace that we must engage war.  Mass shootings are a symptom of a greater problem; we can no longer ignore the pungency of our festering American wounds.

In the Journal of Peace Research, Johan Galtung’s article Cultural Violencedefines the function of cultural violence as follows:

One way cultural violence works is by changing the moral color of an act from red/wrong to green/right or at least to…

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