Many of the recent shoot-up-innocents nutcases have been described as right wing nuts but turned out to be left wing nuts with apologies in small print on page six later. The latest: Shooter at Family Research Council a Lefty tells of a volunteer at the Lesbian-Gay-Bothsexual-TooComplicatedToSay who announced his disagreement with the conservative, pro-family group’s policies and started shooting. We will likely hear no more of his politics, since he isn’t a Republican white supremacist.
His gun will be deplored and denounced at length as if it had dragged him into the Family Research Council and forced him to pull the trigger; little or nothing will be spoken concerning his obvious mental condition. Guns lay around in idleness until nutcases pick them up and use them; our concentration on guns instead of on nutcases after these shootings is also a mental aberration.
The writers who delve into and dwell upon the political leanings (sometimes invented) of these shooters are themselves in need of a better grasp of reality or perhaps, of ethics. We have an obvious problem of dangerous people loose among us; that should be the subject of debate. Worrying over the killer’s tool rather than the killer himself is a blind alley. When you can deprive folks of their illegal drugs, talk to me of depriving them of guns. And what will you do about knives? A fellow in China just killed 12 people with a knife…
We’re living in an increasingly violent society; the Judeo-Christian rules of civil conduct are fading. Gangs of bored teens roam, beating and killing unsuspecting innocents, ‘protesters’ are expected now to smash property and beat people and police. Police are shooting more people in response. The U.S. government is preparing the military for large scale civic policing and has itself funneled guns into illegal hands on a large scale.
It’s obvious that restraints are coming off; we are seeing a trend and it will grow quickly. We should be discussing that, not pretending guns are the problem while the government piles up ammunition.