Gun Control Obscenities
When the massacre occurred in Connecticut, there was no call for commentary, certainly not from me who lives thousands of miles from where it occurred and knew none of the victims, the culprit or their families. Silence was probably the right reaction, and some reflections on just how vulnerable people can be in even a quite civilized society. I could have come up with some ideas on the effects of disarming schoolteachers and administrators but without knowing details, they would have been unhelpful.
What did start to prompt foul reactions from me is the politicians' beginning to sound off. How they took advantage of the grief surrounding the event was not only predictable but disgusting. Promising to reenact the old and by all accounts quite ineffective federal assault weapons ban is difficult to explain as anything more than an empty political – in the worst sense of the term – gesture.
And, of course, all the venom was directed not at the perpetrator, by then himself deceased but at opponents of gun control legislation. Scapegoating is what the politicians who chimed in did so diligently. Not a single gun control opponent could be faulted for the horrors inflicted upon the victims, not a one, yet they were under moral indictment by the politicians, including President Obama, more so than the culprit.
Just let us remember that a good many who oppose federal and other gun control laws do so on grounds that they do not want the federales to be the only armed people in the realm. Rightly or wrongly, they are concerned that disarming the citizenry who have done nothing to deserve that is a pointless and mindless self-indulgence, nothing at all useful or helpful. In a considerably free country people will always be able to engage in murderous conduct. It happens day in and day out across America and elsewhere. It is one part of the price of liberty, namely, that citizens are not shackled and bound and thus are able to carry out not just all the praiseworthy but also many vile acts. For such acts they would best be severely punished – something, by the way, that most gun control advocates are notoriously silent about! (I watched quite a few talks shows and read a bunch of pundits during the last several days and those lamenting the lack of police state like gun prohibition – which have been and are still favored by tyrannies and dictatorships throughout history and the globe – have expressed zero hostility toward the people who carry out massacres like the one in Connecticut. It is, instead, always society or culture or America or some such nebulous culprit that's being blamed, with the actual perps mostly suffering from alienation, mental disease, etc. Among these folks the idea of human evil appears not to have any reality to it!)
Another reaction from the political class, you know which I have in mind, that's really pathetic is the promises made not to allow such a thing to happen, ever again! And just how is that going to be done? Even if every school in the world will have a squadron of cops marching up and down its corridors, how will it be assured that among them there will not be some vile sadists who will take advantage of their privileged position and carry out a similar deed? How will Mr. Obama make sure that that will never happen? So because this is nonsense, and because Mr. Obama is certainly not ignorant about it, what we must be witnessing is rank demagoguery.
Sometimes the best response to what happens in the world is outrage, especially with those who carry out vicious deeds. Human beings are, after all, the one known animal that is responsible for its behavior, driven not by instincts but by conscious choices. When those choices are irresponsible ones and vile, they are the ones whose guilt should be our focus.
As we learn from Shakespeare – from Cassius in Julius Caesar, Act 1, scene 2 – "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves." Indeed, the kid who carried out the murders in Connecticut is very likely the responsible party. Let's get that right and then we might embark on some useful understanding of such deeds.
Posted by kentek on 12/28/12 02:22 PM
But look at what is happening in spite of all the furour: teachers are lining up to get proper weapons training.
Posted by jwhitehawke on 12/25/12 12:51 PM
'Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans' appetite through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our Government was founded.'? Abraham Lincoln
Posted by nailheadtom on 12/24/12 05:42 PM
The avalanche of criticism that covered LaPierre for recommending armed guards in schools is misguided. Note that we seldom see mass murders in police stations.
Posted by Edgar Friendly on 12/24/12 04:19 PM
The media and the politicians, who BTW have an approval rating of about 18% from thier constituencies, are behaving this way because this is what is expected of them; by thier elite masters, TPTB.
Unfortunately, it is that simple; and the daily Bell has been most prominant in 'outing' the elitist filth of Earth, along with Alex Janes, and to a degree, with factual reporting WND.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in reality. The elites may be taking on more than they think. The price they pay may be very high, indeed. Only time will tell.
Posted by Patrick52 on 12/24/12 03:20 PM
Why has the media failed to connect the dots concerning the link between these perpetrators and psychiatric drugs. The FDA has known of the danger of these drugs for over 20 years. If you doubt this correlation type; psychiatric drugs and murder into your Google browser and read the results. The real perpetrators are the Congress who take millions in "blood money" from these pharmaceutical companies. They truly have blood on their hands.
Posted by Friend_of_John_Galt on 12/24/12 02:18 PM
LaPierre of the NRA has it exactly right. The best defense against a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.
A few days before the Newtown tragedy, a crazy person with a gun entered a shopping mall at Clackamas, Oregon and upon reaching the "food court" began shooting. He killed two and wounded one (who survived) -- and then shot himself when a citizen carrying a legal, concealed weapon confronted him. Had this shopping mall been a "gun free zone" this killer would easily have caused many more deaths and injuries before armed police could have reached the scene and engaged the shooter.
The myth of calling schools "gun free zones" simply makes them a more likely target to the deranged mind that wishes to perpetrate such acts. By declaring themselves "gun free" that simply makes them a more likely target.
Posted by greri on 12/24/12 01:18 PM
In the US you can not watch naked female breasts on TV but you can watch horror movies, CSIs, all kinds of decaying and decomposing bodies and play extremely violent video games. Go figure.
Posted by laceja on 12/24/12 01:14 PM
If anybody ever had any doubt of how we're being herded toward total enslavement, all one need do is watch the prosecution (excuse me, interview) of Wayne LaPierre, by David Gregory. I'm no fan of the NRA, because it largely impotent, but LaPierre did put up a good fight against the PTB's hatchet man. Taking a civilized approach to standing up to such gross mistreatment just won't get things turned around. With half the citizens of this country voting for a living, it's obvious the final chapter will be very short and quick.
Posted by Bluebird on 12/24/12 10:17 AM
I agree with most of this, but like scousekraut below take issue with that one sentence. I do not believe the official story.
Posted by rossbcan on 12/24/12 08:10 AM
TM: "Scapegoating is what the politicians"
Breaking and mis-attributing of the physical "ownership" regarding whom did the action and, whom should bear the consequences.
a fundamental "algorithm of rule" methodology of predatory rulers seeking "private gain, public loss" (Thanks to the socialists for this very REAL concept).
a key element of the "success" of this systemic LIE is suppression of the key "qui bono" question, because "justice" forcefully asserts "cannot prove motives", completely suppressing the TRUTH BUT: "can follow the money" and redistribute the "proceeds of crime" BACK to the victims.
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On "establishing TRUTH":
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Not gonna defend this, but, it looks like we are dealing with yet another "lone gunman, unconnected to any other interests" Manchurian perp.
And, the sheeple and their "representives" are Pavlov reacting, just as programmed by subverted educational indoctrination. The "salivating" is demanding the desired reaction: disarming of the citizenry of the US, leaving weopons solely in the self-decreed altruistic and more competent hands of those whom brought us Waco, ad-nausium.
The Second Amendment
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto - 'You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.'
Posted by RR on 12/24/12 07:00 AM
Having conquered the Japanese, Hidéyoshi meant to keep them under control. On 29 August 1588, Hidéyoshi announced 'the Sword Hunt' (taiko no katanagari) and banned possession of swords and firearms by the non-noble classes. He decreed:
The people in the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, short swords, bows, spears, firearms or other arms. The possession of unnecessary implements makes difficult the collection of taxes and tends to foment uprisings... Therefore the heads of provinces, official agents and deputies are ordered to collect all the weapons mentioned above and turn them over to the Government.
Although the intent of Hidéyoshi's decree was plain, the Sword Hunt was presented to the masses under the pretext that all the swords would be melted down to supply nails and bolts for a temple containing a huge statue of the Buddha. The statue would have been twice the size of the Statue of Liberty. The Western missionaries' Jesuit Annual Letter reported that Hidéyoshi 'is depriving the people of their arms under the pretext of devotion to religion'. Once the swords and guns were collected, Hidéyoshi had them melted into a statue of himself.
Posted by scousekraut on 12/24/12 06:43 AM
"The kid who caried out... "
You have evidence that he did it and did it alone? Already?