People bring up racism in the issue of police shootings, but some of the shootings involve African American officers killing African Americans, the same race. I know racial tensions exist, and those tensions are involved in some of the shootings. However, I believe there are other elements of these police shootings that no one is discussing on behalf of the police or the victims..
- Adrenalin: Not many people can turn off their adrenalin once it gets flowing. How can you train police to respond without the hormone adrenalin? How many situations escalate due to adrenalin pulsing through the person's veins?
- Violence in Entertainment: Many people enjoy watching violence on TV, in the movies, and even in the music. I have a friend who believes life imitates art and not art imitates life. If my friend is correct, maybe these forms of media should emphasize peace and not violence, especially with the police. I read an article that theorized that we each have micmic neurons in our brain that tell us to imitate what we see around us. If that is true, people are just imitating their entertainment.
- Violence in Video Games: Many video games train one to think violently and to shoot immediately. You get more points the quicker you are. You have to be quick to win. If the police officers ever played these games when they are young, how could they not respond similarly?
- Lack of People Skills: I had a police officer tell me that the newer police don't know how to handle people and situations. If they see a situation beginning to occur, they use their cell phone rather than get out of the car and politely address the situation before it escalates.
- Low Self-Control: This issue connects to adrenalin in some ways. After all, we are more than just hormones. Our culture teaches "if it feels good, it must be right, so do it." Our society does not admire self-control any more. In other words, we let our emotions control us. Anger management could save some of these situations from deadly endings.
- Fear: Police often pull triggers out of fear for their lives. In some cities or areas, the spirit of fear runs rampant. People live scared including the police, thus fear aggravates the conflict.
- Fatherlessness: Studies have shown the link between the link between violence in the cities, especially with gangs, and the lack of fathers in their homes. The broken family structure often leads to some of the above: more time in front of TV, especially the wrong type of shows; lack of people skills for one is left alone; lack of self-control, for there is no father in the home to discipline a person.
- Social Darwinism: The theory of evolution teaches us that all humans came from monkeys; in other words, we are just animals. It also purports that the "strongest survive." So, if we are only animals and the strongest survive, all of this violence and interplay between the races is just natural. Why should people expect anything else? We have been indoctrinated on Darwinism our whole lives in the educational system and in the media. These tensions and killings are natural if the theory of evolution is true. Just look at all the "National Geographic" shows; that's how animals act. By the way, I don't agree with the theory of evolution, but people seem to be acting out what they were taught.
- Lack of faith in Jesus: Our culture is rejecting what the Bible says, though many think there must be something more than people acting like animals. According to the Bible, humans were created in the image of God with the ability to choose, to think rationally, to create, and so much more. Humans are much more than animals that live by instinct; we are spiritual beings Our human nature may be self-focused and at times violent, but the good news of Jesus tells us we don't have to live bound to our human nature. In our connection with Jesus, we may live spiritually in peace with God and with others. We can grow in our ability to choose to treat each person with great honor, value and respect.
I am sure we could add some other factors of police shootings to the list, but these are just some of the un-talked about issues.