I think it's useful to think of the places where mass shootings have recently occurred because they are places normally associated WITH safety:
- Movie theater
- Shopping mall
- Post office
Since the NRA is the domestic arm of the MIC and both gain their raison d'etre from selling dangerous things that they brand as necessary tools of security and safety, the FACT that weapons produce the opposite can never be honestly discussed.
Instead, notions of freedom that make about as much sense as free trade, are applied to The Gun.
I believe that the same interests that make careers in the military or at weapons-producing firms WANT Americans to feel unsafe. By spreading a climate of "it could happen anywhere," they can of course sell more weapons; but more than that, such an atmosphere erodes trust and it also induces a form of paranoia.
It's no longer the sign of a Paranoid to think they may be spied on, their phone conversations listened in on, or their movements tracked.
Nor is it anything but rendered necessary for people to feel suspicious now wherever they go.
Just as Naomi Klein pointed out in The Shock Doctrine's brilliant thesis, when there is chaos, special interests can move in to exploit---or capitalize upon the problem; in parallel, the nation pumped up with fear over the possibility that violent gunfire can break out anywhere essentially sets up a population more willing to seek security from those who ARE armed (and yes, dangerous).
The problem is created in order to justify yet greater policing powers along with the pervasive presence of yet more armed guards.
It's Mars' rules recipe for insanity... creating a state of lock-down described as freedom.
"David Gergen, a former advisor to four presidents, commented on the San Bernardino massacre. He told the New York Times that a fear exists among the public that has not been seen since 9/11. He said: “I talk to people who worry that they will be shot on the streets of New York.”