Why don’t you go to the other post and argue with the other person there? That’s certainly not what I’m saying. In contrast, I believe one purpose of government is to protect the governed from violent people and groups that impinge on our liberties and threaten our safety. We should protect our children.
Again though, school shootings, opioid abuse, and the myriad of other problems are not evidence or symptoms of collapse. You make the error of thinking falling short of perfection means the machine is broken. It isn’t. What 225 years of governance under one document, through Civil Wars and World Wars, through recession and depression, demonstrations, strikes, and riots, prohibition and drug epidemics, prejudice, hate, segregation Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement, immigration, and all that we’ve experienced should convince you that empirically the American system is incredibly robust. Perhaps the limited democracy and divided government structure of the US coupled with the mixed economic framework of constrained capitalism lead to self-correcting features that tend to mitigate against “collapse”?