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December 16, 2012


I mostly lurk, but writing like your closing sentence there is what keeps me reading. Never stop.

Well said!

Facts are that the majority of people watching violent movies are using them for escapism and have no plans for violence. Ditto for video games. etc. The majority of the mentally ill are not violent.

But I see the folks trash talking about how they will use their guns to blow away anyone who offends them.

I note that the 2 implicated in Columbine were from a heavy military town and Columbine also had strong military ties.

I also see Aaargh's comment in an earlier thread and note that some folks here have also posted that teachers should have guns. (Obviously, we screen the kids with metal detectors as they enter school but the teacher has a loaded gun in their desk, right on top of the test which the kids are breaking into the desk to steal. What could go wrong? And no teachers have psychopathology? Not to mention that the guns for defense folk have never explained the dichotomy that a weapon for defense needs to be readily available, loaded while safety mandates guns be in locked racks, unloaded, and trigger locks in place - plus the problem of cheap pistols with hair triggers being carried around while loaded).

Fact is that we have "real life" instructing us in violence.

Of course, the attempts of the news media to perform a psychological autopsy of the shooter draw him anywhere from a perfect saint to a nerd/geek with Asperger's to a really weird kid who no one who knew him is surprised.

It is becoming clear enough that he was in some way "different". As such he undoubtedly received repeated special attention (systematic harassment/bullying) from his peers. (I can't help but think of the movie Carie.)

The weapons were reportedly purchased by his mother. These were not "riflery 101" weapons. These were firearms intended to fire rapidly and cause damage. While it is clear that the father was fairly affluent (and passed it along to his ex-wife and son), one has to wonder about why she purchased these weapons.

What I find myself stopping at is how the debate is the same as 50 years ago. I remember an All in the Family episode where Archie gave an opinion piece to the local news station. Basically guns don't kill people, people kill people. In the piece he advocated that we could stop hijacking of airliners if instead of checking people for weapons at the gate, we issued a firearm to each person as they boarded the plane. No one would dare try to hijack the plane with all the passengers firing at him.

The, uh, "fiscal bluff" (someone coined that one, and it's good) is a perfect example. It's a manufactured crisis upon which everyone is supposed to dwell, obsess over and endlessly comment, so that the genuine problems--the literally and politically dangerous ones--can be safely ignored.

And yet, that bothersome busybody, reality, continues to intrude. Banksters blow up the economy, drones blow up people, pipelines leak, water supplies are contaminated, wars grind on, and with frightening regularity, some frustrated asshole with a head full of dangerous ideas and military-grade weapons and a deep-seated grudge sprays a bunch of bullets around, either as a means of ending it all or as a means of proving a point only he understands.

The supreme irony, of course, is that we have, over sixty-odd years, adopted--and obsessively funded--the government's very narrow view of what constitutes "national security," to such extremes that we are not allowed to question why all the essential elements of our security are steadily eroding from within.

teevee gnews might be far more dangerous.

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