A roundup of news and commentary from around the interwebs.
At First Things, Samuel James has a powerful essay on the horror of school shootings titled “Children Who Kill Children.” An excerpt:
Yes, America has experienced a meaningful decline in violent crime from the chaos of the ’70s and ’80s. But the value of this decline is obscured by ever-younger killers and their ever-younger victims. The designation of eighteen as legal adulthood is a misleading technicality. We are living in an age of literal child-on-child murder. What can make the conscience tremble if not this?
There are some who sneer at people, like me, who offer prayers in times like these. Prayer, they say, is non-action: an ineffective, meaningless piety meant to maintain the status quo on gun control. Yet it’s these same scoffers who instinctively pivot to the topic of gun control whenever a child takes the lives of other children, and their political rage is no less a religious recitation simply because they confuse Congress for God. An inability to talk about anything other than gun control threatens to deaden our lament and neutralize a vital conversation about why so many of our country’s most lost, most hateful people are boys with their whole lives ahead of them.
Young American men are adrift: jobless, friendless, sexless, creedless. For many of them, the only color to their days is the blue light that emanates from the computer, smartphone, or video game TV. It is said that some of these adolescent terrorists have mental illnesses. This could very well be clinically true. But in another sense, couldn’t that kind of lifestyle itself be a source of disorder and anguish? Historically, mass killers were usually men who were old enough to have lived and abandoned a former life. The current generation of shooters have had no life to abandon. We cannot afford to stop asking why.
Read the whole thing.
Canada’s intrepid pro-life blogger Pat Maloney notes that the National Abortion Federation—which has registered as a charity in this country—is receiving an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars.
Rod Dreher excerpted my interview with N.S. Lyons in The European Conservative at his blog over at The American Conservative. You can check it out here, if you’re interested.
In the National Post, Terry Glavin breaks down what actually happened—and what the media got so wrong—with the alleged discovery of graves outside of residential schools.
A female inmate locked up with biological males describes the “nightmare” of being forced to shower with men claiming to be transgender. Vulnerable women always suffer the most from our luxury ideologies.
If you want a glimpse of how pro-choice ideology poisons the soul, watch this clip—a video posted to TikTok by a woman crooning to her newborn baby: “I could have killed you, but I chose to let you live. Yes, I realize what I said and I stand by it.”
Speaking of which, here is Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s almost criminally ignorant take on it:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rants about how babies in the womb are not a life.
"Oh… you’re harming a life, I believe this is life," she says mockingly. pic.twitter.com/wbMALo9bGC
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 20, 2022