Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/04/how-guns-literally-go-mens-heads
What is NEVER discussed in tandem with this are the multitude of ways that the system of neo-liberal politics to control capitalism at neo-feudal levels disenfranchises at very intimate levels. From demonization and violence themes permeating video begs the question: what percentage of perpetrators are video game killers?
The system - especially MSM - has been presenting the faux swoon about the tax breaks for years, the thievery by wall street of pension funds, the institutionalized thievery met by people at every turn; the poisoning of the environment - all with impunity - which is to be flipped the bird as your life is stolen from you.
The other side of that is emasculation polarization against toxic masculinity and how these are played by institutionalized white collar crime. The game sure as hell reads as psy-ops to cause schizophrenia. And there ought to be a law… if not a revolution.
Why don’t cops and soldiers usually shoot each other? Because they are trained in the safe use of guns. If we can’t get rid of guns, why not require gun owners to take a military style training course to learn gun safety? That’s a lot better than having kids learn to use guns by playing violent video games.
Sorry Tom, I must call BS on you’re “the testosterone did it theory”. The shear fact of hundreds of years of gun ownership without senseless mass killings is proof of that, unless you believe testosterone is a relatively a new compound. We do have a serious problem that needs to be scientifically studied and honestly figured out, blaming it on things that are easily refuted is not the answer, nor will it fix the problem. I agree with both of the posts above, we have a serious, relatively new problem, and we better start putting some resources into figuring out what it is. Half baked gun control measures are not going to solve this problem.
When I hold you in my arms
And I feel my finger on your trigger
I know nobody can do me no harm
Yep, even the lowliest, weakest, most ignorant punk ass scum is a badass with a gun in hand. And even a 12-year-old girl can pull a trigger.
Really? Teach gun owners to hate ‘the other’ and love their ‘buddies’? The NRA already does plenty of that. And, let me point out that the US Military actually encourages (and is involved in creating) those video games you so dislike.
Cops seldom shoot each other, but they sure do a number on civilians, particularly if they happen to be Black. Many cops have a military background. Others are ‘taught’ how to handle ‘the other’ with trainings in Israel.
I suspect you either ‘served’, or else you are a troll. If you ‘served’, I feel for you, bro. Your training has scarred you for life. My uncle (WWII) killed himself 20 years later.
One problem with this article is that it assumes ‘guns’ are made to kill people. Perhaps that was the rationale of concerning the invention of Dynamite, or the Atomic Bomb. However, farmers (particularly ones that eat what they grow) consider a gun to be a pest elimination tool far more eco-friendly than poison. And, some people use a gun to provide food as well as protect crops (ever eat 'squirrel ‘n dumplings’, or hassenpheffer, or venison stew?).
Most people think food comes from a grocery store, but even a ‘vegan’ needs to understand that animals were killed in the production of that delicious Komatsuna soup. And, this means ‘mammals’ as well as insects.
As the ‘Duke of Uke’ sings,
“Whoever told you life is fair
Look around you everywhere
The cruelty of Nature on display…
It isn’t I that made the world this way.”
Most people are so removed from their source of food that they have no idea. I don’t think Thom grows his own food.
Required liability insurance, by the way, is the most Republican/conservative of all gun control measures; it’s a “free market solution.” [Emphasis added]
Umm, those two things do not compute.
One doesn’t require a license or insurance to operate a car or truck on their own property, or at the race track. Similarly, many off-road vehicles don’t require insurance.
What exactly are you proposing gets insured. A firearm that performs perfectly the task it was designed for… i.e. “goes bang”?
And since when did having insurance prevent the criminal misuse of a vehicle, anyway?
Marxists who infect our government plus the media prostitutes who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States into becoming an unarmed population. Unarmed populations have been treated as slaves and chattel since the dawn of history.
Only dictators, tyrants, despots, totalitarians, and those who want to control and ultimately to enslave you support gun control.
No matter what any politician or hard-left mainstream media tells you concerning the statist utopian fantasy of safety and security through further gun control: They are lying. If their lips are moving, they are lying about gun control. These despots truly hate America…
These tyrants hate freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and private property. But the reality is that our citizens’ ownership of firearms serves as a concrete deterrent against despotism. They are demanding to hold the absolute power of life and death over you and your family.
Ask the six million J ews, and the other five million murdered martyrs who perished in the N azi death camps, how being disarmed by a powerful tyranny ended any chances of fighting back. Ask the murdered martyrs of the Warsaw Ghetto about gun control.
Their single agenda is to control you after you are disarmed. When the people who want to control you hold the absolute power of life and death over your family, you have been enslaved.
Insurance doesn’t prevent criminal misuse of a vehicle, but it does financially compensate the victims. Gun violence is costly to our communities. Liability insurance would cover the costs of the victim’s funerals or medical bills if the victim survives. It would cover lost wages, and community expenses. I would like to see an analysis of the costs to communities from mass shootings. It must put a dent in police budgets to clean up after a massacre like Parkland and Virginia Beach.
As most any military or police officer will tell you who has been in harms way, this little ditty is a lie. But this comment is very true: “For men who feel that they’ve lost control of their lives, or who feel dismissed or disrespected by others, this is pure catnip.”
There is no such thing as gun violence, there is only violence. The difference (in your example) of having insurance come from there being no right to operate any motor vehicle, unlike the right guaranteed by the U.S. constitution to be 100% free from any government interference at all in the possession and use of arms. No doubt you will raise the specter of not shouting fire in a theater, which is a non-starter, as it is completely wrong. You can scream fire in a theater all day long, and not a soul can stop you. In fact, it is quite legal in any place in the country that I’m aware of. Depending on context, you cannot however escape the consquences of your actions. If you shout with malicious intent, you are liable. If you shout as part of a class being held in a theater (they do rent out for this during the work day), and your class is following your context, it isn’t a problem. If you want to analyze costs, I would suggest analyzing the cost of death via medical malpractice, which claims some 200,000 - 300,000 lives annually. Cleaning up from the aftermath of violence costs a police department nothing, as they are not responsible for the “cleanup”.
This is the money quote and so very true: “For men who feel that they’ve lost control of their lives, or who feel dismissed or disrespected by others, this is pure catnip.”
Re: “Liability insurance”
The insurance issue has been looked at and the problem is insurance companies will only cover accidents and most gun injuries are intentional. Also, insurance underwriters won’t write insurance policies for criminal acts, as doing that is evidence of priori knowledge of a crime making the insurance underwriter an accessory to that crime.
Re: “around 40,000 deaths a year”
According to the CDC, in 2016 there were 37848 deaths from firearms and most were suicides while 14415 were homicides. If someone wants to kill themselves it’s a matter of individual choice where the person can pick the time, place and method and an argument can also be made that an individual’s life belongs to them exclusively and not you, the State or anyone else. Note also that the number of suicides committed with firearms (22938) was about equal to the number committed by other means (22027) so as long as there are other options, it’s not clear that restricting firearms would have any effect on the number of suicides.
Homicides are a different story. 14415 people murdered with firearms in the US works out to about 39 people per day. These are the “word doctored” figures the news media and anti-gun folks like to publicize because people relate to the magnitude of those numbers and it sounds like a lot of people until you realize this is out of a population of 326 million Americans. In that context, it works out to about 1 person out of every 23,000 people being murdered with a firearm. Dwell on the magnitude of your individual significance next time you are in a stadium with 23,000 people and you will realize these events are rare. It is also estimated there are 109 million gun owners in the US which means on any given day 108,999,961 gun owners didn’t kill anyone yet because the news media magnifies these relatively isolated and infrequent events to the level of an epidemic, the anti-gun folks answer is to take the guns away from people who harmed no one The number of firearm homicides will never be zero - so if you think 1 person out of 23,000 is unacceptable then given the fact that deranged individuals and murderers are an intrinsic part of the human race and we currently live in a free society, what number of illegal firearm homicides would ever be acceptable to you to the point you would say “we don’t need any more restrictions on the private ownership of firearms”?
Re: " a car must be registered with the state annually… we require a driver’s license… driver must carry liability insurance"
Not true. A vehicle that is used only off road or on private property does not have to be “registered” or “insured” and a person does not have to be “licensed” to operate it. Also you do not have a Constitutional right to own a “car” or any other vehicle
Re: " alters men’s levels of testosterone and measurably increases their aggressive behavior."
With an estimated 109 million gun owners with 400 million guns and billions or trillions of rounds of ammunition - if legal gun owners with increased “testosterone” and “measurably increased aggressive behavior” were a problem, you would know it and there would be more than ~14000 homicides each year.
Re: " the second leading cause of death (just behind car crashes) among children between 1 and 19 years old"
Not surprising since the average age range of adolescents recruited by gangs is 11-14 and it is estimated that somewhere between 15% to 22% of all gang members are under 15 years of age.
Re: " regulated cars"
If you want to treat guns like cars - I’m all for it. Consider the following:
- I can buy a car without any permission whatsoever from federal, state or local governments from anywhere - a dealer, a private party, a police auction, etc…
- I can own as many as I can afford.
- I can buy as many in a month as I wish to.
- I can sell one to anyone, a minor, an ex-con, or even a drunk. No background check required.
- I can sell a car for cash, and leave the title transfer to the buyer.
- I can give a car away to literally anyone.
- If I don’t drive it on public roads, I don’t have to register it, license it, or insure it.
- With a state issued driver’s license I can drive any of my vehicles anywhere in America, without worrying about being arrested in CA, CT, MA, NY, or IL.
- My vehicle can be of any capacity, horsepower, torque, etc., capable of any speed made possible by the state of the art, and I can completely tune it for performance
- I can buy the fastest car I want manufactured after 1986 (unlike the fastest shooting gun) without additional background checks, a payment for a Tax stamp, 6-8 months of waiting, and a requirement for approval from local law enforcement…which can be refused on a whim.
- I can own a “silent” car, such as a Tesla, without special tax stamps, criminal background checks, permission from local law enforcement, a wait, and then I can drive it wherever I want.
- I can buy gasoline in bulk and have it delivered directly to my house even if I live in CA
- I can loan my car or parts of my car to anyone anytime and anywhere I want without a background check
Re: " There are many reasonable ways to reduce gun violence in the United States without outlawing guns"
You could start by enforcing the laws already on the books and insist empathetic judges and DAs quit allowing people who use or possess a gun illegally to plea bargain away the illegal firearms offense. The feds are one of the worst offenders when it comes to enforcing laws. Straw purchases and lying on the 4473 form you have to fill out for a background check to purchase a firearm is a felony punishable by 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine - yet in 2010 76142 people failed the background check, 4732 were deemed worthy of prosecution and only 62 were prosecuted. Another thing you could do since most of the gun homicides are caused by gangs or repeat offenders is to advocate for a law that would impose a mandatory death sentence on any recidivist with a violent criminal history that uses a firearm to commit a crime regardless of childhood upbringing, economic impoverishment, mental health, age, IQ, ethnicity, $ex or gender identity.
Re: " When a man has a gun, he literally holds the power of life and death"
Even if all the guns could be banned, there are plenty of other methods available to kill a lot of people thanks to the internet - i.e things like pipe bombs (San Bernardino), pressure cooker bombs (Boston), propane tank bombs (Columbine High School), truck bombs (Oklahoma City), exotic battery bombs (Austin, TX), Molotov cocktails (Arapahoe High School), gasoline cans and a match (Happy Land fire on 3/25/90), heavy truck crashing in to a crowd of people (Nice, France), home made flame throwers made from plumbing parts and gasoline (nowhere - yet) and any pressure vessel filled with shrapnel and gun powder manufactured the same way it has been since the 6th century that will momentarily confine an explosive pressure wave.
How guns literally go to men’s head’s huh? Oh really. And I suppose the millions of
women in America who rightly carry a handgun for self defense can likewise be
stereotyped as such. This anti-gun socialist jerk’s commentary is so deceitfully arrogant, self righteous, ignorant, and elitist it’s nauseating! I again endorse Richard Steven’s 1999 book: “Dial 911 and Die: The Shocking Truth About The Police Protection Myth” at www. jpfo.org. JPFO, Inc. is “America’s Aggressive Civil Rights Organization” and rightly has the moral high ground on the Second Amendment, private firearms ownership, and more. Dial 911 and Die can likewise be viewed online at You Tube.
This anti-gun commentary promotes both “class warfare and people control” with it’s
socialist elitist “LBJ/KGB” style overtones! It’s malevolently targeting the innocent honest American gun owner who simply wishes to mind their own business, refuse
to blindly “suck up” to the party line (depraved Democrats in particular), and think outside the box. Also, who refuse to worship the Almighty Nanny State at the trough
James A. Farmer
Merrill, Oregon (Klamath County)
Long live the State of Jefferson!
Whether farm pest ‘animal’ or human ‘animal’, yes, guns are made to kill.