America – Stopping Neighbors from Killing Neighbors


We are an odd species. With our ability to reason, we too often rely on what we hear versus what we see, hear, or feel ourselves. We are also a gullible species. If we hear the same thing over again and again, particularly if we hear it from a person in power, we accept it as truth.

Every day (so it seems) in America, we hear about someone’s neighbor going rogue and slaughtering their neighbors. Their victims - babies, mothers, sons and daughters, are shred to bits by ammunition solely intended to kill.

As an odd species, we accept this as the new normal. It is just the way it is and we are powerless to do anything about it. We ignore the fact that America is an outlier and stands alone as a society where neighbor kills neighbor. No other country even comes close to us.

As it relates to our efficiency at killing one another here are some examples of truths that most of us accept:

  • People kill, not guns.
  • Our right to bear arms (2nd Amendment) is a God given right that must never be taken away.
  • Our problem with domestic terror is a mental health issue.
  • It will never happen to me.

These truths result in we, as a people, feeling powerless. They result in our leaders parroting these truths and unwilling to do anything about it. These truths result in an escalation in our efficiency at killing one another. We need no enemy; we (you and me) are the enemy.

I am an organization development professional. I explore ways that companies can become more efficient, more profitable, and in sync with their customers. The first rule in organization development is that that every system (society, companies, families) is perfectly designed to get the results that it gets. If you want a different result, do something different. Some examples of this include:

  • If you are overweight, eat less, move more.
  • If you are unhappy in your job, get a new one.
  • If you feel physically uncomfortable, move around until you feel comfortable.

Over the next few weeks, I will take on the issue of gun violence in an attempt to change the escalation of carnage. I won’t do this as a democrat or republican, or as a gunowner or pacifist. I will do this from the perspective of an organizational development expert and life coach who wants to get America “unstuck” from this crisis of violence. When I hear the cry to, “Do something!”, I don’t take is as someone else doing something. I take it to mean that we all must get off the sidelines and do something. My blog is my pulpit, and my blog is a modest attempt at doing something about it.

In my next blog, I will take on the “People kill, guns don’t” truth, and its implications on why nothing changings. Until then…

Be well,

Bob Stapleton