By now, you must have heard about the latest mass shooting. Yet again, there was another mentally unstable shooter having taken the lives of innocents during yet another moment of unspeakable violence. We’ve all seen the images of the real people experiencing real anguish, and, yet, the mind fairly reels from the implications. We see, but are unable to comprehend or even process the end result. Which leads us to an inevitable conclusion –Who is to blame? Fault must be assessed and someone must pay. It’s just how the human mind works.
The left side of the political duopoly has seized on this sad tale to assess blame on gun ownership. If only guns were illegal, then all crime would magically disappear in the U.S. This is the standard refrain from gullible Americans who have never encountered an issue that they believe could not be resolved by surrendering their civil liberties. (TSA, anyone?) Of course, such simple mindedness does not bother to look beyond the warm fuzzies they anticipate from removing firearms from the possession of law-abiding citizens. They’re just agreeing with what the news told them to think. In this particular instance, a gun ban is “for the children,” and that trumps everything, including common sense.
Other countries that have gun bans are trotted out as proof that it works, but this, is, of course, not only entirely fictional, but given the evidence to the contrary that is freely available to anyone with an internet connection and a search engine, the disingenuous and overall intellectual laziness is positively stunning. Not to mention that applying mindsets from a foreign country to the U.S. is an exercise in comparing apples to Jupiter. While we’re at it, why not just ask why the U.S. does not have universal healthcare like all the other developed nations on the planet? The reason couldn’t be attributed to the fact that the U.S. government is firmly owned/operated of, by, for and about the 1%, could it? This discussion, however, is best left for another time.
Contrary to popular sheeplethink, mass shootings are not exclusive to the U.S. We’re just not informed with much news from outside of the country because the plantation owners don’t want us to get any cute ideas about peacefully protesting our government in the manner hundreds of thousands of others have done elsewhere. And so a media blackout is easily enforced since there are only six corporations that control 90% of everything Americans see, hear and read. If you see the protests from other countries, then it’s because you have Occupy-minded, activist friends, such as yours truly, who have shared the news to their social networking page.
While the mainstream media would have us swallowing the propaganda of their corporate masters, the fact is, banning guns does not work. Just ask the Germans. On four separate occasions dating from 2002 – 2009, tightening gun ownership laws has only exacerbated the problem. The Germans didn’t just opt for gun control, they took it to a level far beyond by also outlawing “violent” movies, games, and television, and, even having prohibited paintball. And yet despite the nanny law overkill, the mass shootings still happened in Erfut, Emsdetten, Stuttgart, and Ansbach, nonetheless. In the latter incident, the attacker used petrol bombs and an axe as his weapons of choice. But do Americans really need to look to the Germans as proof that prohibition not only does not address the problem, but increases it by creating black markets? Criminals are notorious for not following the law, after all. But don’t say that too loudly in front of Obama voters as the cognitive dissonance may dislodge them from their happy places.
Meanwhile, those on the right have also executed some of their own carpe diem to take this mournful occasion to push its theocratic agenda and blame mass shootings on lack of Christian prayer in public schools. This is not to say that the left doesn’t play the same agenda game –they do, and they are, they just choose to couch it in Orwellian terms that the voters won’t think too carefully about such as the National Defense Authorization Act and disposition matrix of a predator drone. It’s OK to render the rule of law to that of an authoritarian regime and kill children in other countries as long as you do so via executive order. By the way, where was Nobel Peace Prize recipient Obama’s tears for the 178 children (so far) who were killed as a result of his drone assassination program?
So what is to be done about the problem? Ban guns? Remove due process of law? Remember Jefferson’s famous quote: Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. What if we just emulate the Israelis and permit teachers to carry weapons? Those who wish to participate can be trained to handle firearms and we can just take it from there. The Israelis have had a fair amount of success with armed teachers having successfully fended off an attack that left one student dead and six others injured before the terrorists were shot dead by school counselors. But you won’t see that reported on the corporately consolidated news as it would fly in the face of emotional, knee-jerk gun control laws that seek to paint anyone proficient with a weapon with the ever popular term, gun nut.
Funny how some parents will surrender their children to strangers to be educated, but refuse to even consider the idea of allowing those same strangers to protect the children. Speculation about ridiculous scenarios if teachers were armed has become a national past-time. While arming teachers may be common sense to some, it does not seem to compute with those content to let the media, and by extension, the politicians do their thinking for them. It apparently has not occurred to these folks that mass shooters prefer malls and schools precisely because it makes their workplace so much safer. In a gun-free zone, there won’t be any pesky, law-abiding citizens that will shoot back. But in states where civilians have returned fire at the bad guy, there has been some moderate success. We just don’t ever hear about it because it would contradict the propaganda.
Maybe we can blame the problem on the lack of access to affordable mental health care. Strangely, the price tag for treatment is a topic that the Affordable Care Act does absolutely nothing to mitigate. At this point, we don’t know much about the shooter or his family. But surely, we can state with confidence that anyone who would gun down kindergartners has a few loose screws and needs help. Except that money for mental health treatment at the state level has been routinely slashed since the 1980s and yet the need for services continues to explode exponentially. Perhaps Mrs. Lanza had sought help for her son long before he went off the deep end only to be turned away by social services because there are very few programs in place for poor whites. Perhaps not. We don’t know because the mainstream media has choosen not to investigate the whys behind this event. Instead, it focuses on sensationalism.
What the media should be reporting is that even if you are sufficiently privileged to have health insurance in the U.S., and, have the financial perseverance to navigate the labyrinthine maze of managed care, the fact remains, the mental health care professional who ends up treating you will inevitably want to keep his Big Pharma-financed junkets coming, so at the behest of his pharmaceutical representative, he will ensure prescribing for you the latest psychotropic pills, which are well documented to cause homocidal/suicidal rages. The Columbine shooters were on such pills. It seems talk therapy isn’t so much a part of treatment anymore as much as popping pills has become standard operating procedure.
Perhaps a frank, national conversation should be opened that discusses the underlying societal problems that would cause individuals to become troubled in the first place. We can start with the fact that while Wall Street has been enjoying record profits since the latest economic depression began in 2007, Main Street has been absolutely decimated by homelessness due to foreclosure, and, acute financial distress caused by oppressive, non-dischargeable student loan debt, under and unemployment.
Americans are struggling financially and this is adversely affecting every facet of their lives, including the ability to parent effectively. Meanwhile, companies continue to outsource American jobs, and those that can’t be off-shored, guest workers, both legal and illegal, are brought in en masse in order to drive down wages and keep hard-working Americans demoralized and destitute. That wouldn’t cause a person to pick up a rifle and randomly open fire would it?
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