I question society's shift away from personal responsibility to the point of others being penalized for the poor choices and negligent conduct of a few. We now hear "it's a society problem." Let's look at the rapidly growing opioid epidemic. A few begin the path into addiction starting with legally prescribed painkillers and it's the fault of society, or the drug company? It's often started with a prescription and therefore it must be the fault of the drug company then? Did you not read the warning labels on the bottle, not discuss this with your prescriber before hand? Did you not follow the directions? If one chooses to step outside of what is directed and become addicted, how is it society's problem? Other than society gets to pay the tab for the few that enter government sponsored treatment.
A law-abiding citizen can no longer be trusted to possess a certain weapon branding the title "assault weapon" because of the illegal actions of a few. I have no criminal record or any blemish on my record that should prevent me from owning such a weapon. Yet again, it has been branded a "society problem" and laws are implemented to prevent my lawful ownership. I do not own any weapons that would fall under the listing of "assault weapon," but what if I did wish to possess one? Why should it be illegal for me as I have done nothing wrong but I suffer from the hands of a few?
Personal accountability has gone by the wayside, and we immediately look to punish the many or direct the blame at the drug company or gun manufacturer. At what point do I take accountability in all this? Are my decisions and actions the responsibility of others?
Daniel Jones, South Glens Falls