Though the presidential inauguration and celebrations are dominating the current news cycle, President Obama’s recently proposed executive order on gun-related violence is still a popular topic. The 23 actions listed in his order are a convolution of recommended communications and actions between government agencies, health-care providers and other related groups. Despite all of what is said in the order, the recommended actions don’t identify the problem or provide any solutions. Almost as though gun-related violence is easily cured, number 14 on the list directs the Centers for Disease Control to research the cause of gun violence and then offer solutions. Isn’t the executive order supposed to do that?
As a nation, and as individuals, we will never find solutions to our most complex problems without identifying the cause. Gun control, mental health care and bureaucratic communications aren’t solutions to the violence and murder happening on our streets. The problem and solution is much closer to home.