Imagine if after 9/11 and the Patriot Act, after all the data mining invasions of privacy, after all the privatizations of everyday life by corporate rule, after the militarization of police departments and drones and RFID chips and StingRay surveillance and all the rest that is bringing fascism closer to fruition that someone would propose having the 2nd amendment for the first time? It would never happen would it? We would never be able to be a citizenry that had guns.
Many people say that is a good thing of course... but maybe it isn't. Maybe we need to change the culture that depicts violence in such hollywoodized familiarity and pass the popcorn excitement? Maybe that is the causation of these big finale suicide/mass murders? Americans want a big finale to everything including their own lives. We want to be noticed and make a big splash.
Why do we feel so powerless and desperate? Our corporatized civilization is not as much a 'culture' as we assumed it was. We fail to create a shared culture and instead rely on sensation and isolated pleasures. People fall through the cracks because we value spending a fortune on the military (corruption is tolerated and everyone knows it), we have hundreds of military bases around the world for no real reason except we believe that the military should be increased every year without fail and now it is so big that it is too expensive to keep. We privatize to the corporate bottom line. Mental health? If you can afford it. Mental health in schools? Well sure but we need that military base in Australia (that one really amazes me) and all the others like in Britain. Why do we have bases in Britain? Do we actually have any reasons offered to us?
What we do have is a deficient culture that quantifies everything to the corporate bottom line. Maximize profits but not culture nor society. Well then disturbed individuals will slip through the cracks. The end result is that one of our basic rights gets threatened - that the populace of this country has the right to own guns. It is so bizarre that as we lose our freedoms like never before that people blithely advocate taking guns away from people.
They actually should take away some money from the military and end subsidies to super rich corporations (like in the fossil fuel industry) and use that money to PRODUCE CULTURE! Use the money to teach and educate, to make people feel less like unimportant cogs in the wheel - a wheel that grinds them down and makes them feel hopeless. It isn't the guns it is the defeated, dehumanized and despairing personalities that pull the triggers.
Tens of millions of Americans own guns and do not shoot anyone. If we keep making movies and TV shows that ignore people's rights and in fact ignore the humanity of people (we show law enforcement's disdain for laws, using torture and brutality and so forth) and then use drones to assassinate people without trial etc... who teaches the weak minded to pull the trigger?
Take away some of the 'guns' from an overblown military budget and use the money to make culture and to provide services like free mental health etc... and we'd all feel safer.
We have the right to own guns and it is best that we keep that right in the future. If you want to stop these 'big finale' suicides then fix the circumstances that produce them. Americans have always owned guns... we didn't used to have these horrific big finale suicide/mass murders. We have them now though... we best ask ourselves why?