War is the spectacular and bloody projection
of our everyday life
When the fight was over, nothing was solved,
but nothing mattered. We all felt saved.
--Fight Club (1999)
Tell me with the rapture and the
reverent in the right - right.
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright
light, feeling pretty psyched.
--It's the End of the World as We Know It,
Global War on Terror and the predictable knee-jerk reaction to the
recent grotesque elementary school shooting share similarities. Both
events will have elicited emotional responses that resulted in national
policy based upon a feeling of vulnerability and demand for a response.
The terrorist attacks of 9-11-01 birthed the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©
a self-proclaimed generational war the hoped-for success of which is
based on no solid academic study. The 9-11 Commission's report was an
emotional cover-up for the failure. The shouts to "Remember Newtown!"
will lead the march to gun control laws, which will always be ineffective.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have thrown billions of dollars at
an external threat, not an existential one as we were led to believe.
The real threat was containable and achievable without the declaration
of war. So too addressing the tragedy of mass murder in America will
require more than curtailing gun ownership rights.
Need to Protect Our Children!" is analogous to, "We must fight them
there to keep us from fighting them here," or, "We must not let a
mushroom cloud form over our cities." Effective policy cannot be based
upon fear and irrational thought; emotionalism is not leadership.
We should trust our system of government and allow the Congress to do what they are constitutionally required to do, rejecting a unilateral Executive Order which would be created from the chaos of emotional reaction.
problem is not high-capacity magazines or incorrectly defined assault
rifles -- the problem is that our culture is death-oriented rather than
life-affirming. We have weak-minded members of society playing games
disgorging blood splattering heroics, so valuable that developers stay
at the top of the stock market weeks after new releases and parents line up in holiday queues to gift their young ones with this antithesis to the spirit of yuletide cheer.
We love to ask what guns should we use during the zombie apocalypse,
funnin' with the idea of having power enough to shoot the undead. It
would seem, by all the current renting of garments, that the Apocalypse
is upon us.
Even our down time
-- our relaxation mode
-- is spent
watching or engaging in ersatz gun violence in our commerce with various
forms of media. Scientists now know that on
some level, the brain assimilates ersatz actions (even gossip) as
actual, lived events. We swing from angst over not being able to procure
these simulacrums of violence to angst over the thought of being unable
to protect our children and ourselves from the actuality of the thing.
In a monumental height of hypocrisy, those same actors in the violent films, or the makers of the violent games, then
campaign for gun control. They make millions portraying gun violence
then wash themselves off with their morally superior attitudes, which
amounts to some more acting. An example would be Angelina Jolie who
portrays gun-toting action heroine Lara Croft, and then murdered journalist
Daniel Pearl's wife -- she plays both victim and perpetrator. There is
no coherence here in a mind which seeks to make understanding; it is
schizophrenic, at best.
All the while we wallow in
violent representations our proxies -- called soldiers and contractors
-- are waging actual violence around the planet while we celebrate their
handiwork, the bloody and broken bodies plastered on the front of our
erstwhile dignified national news magazines.We celebrate the
non-judicial murders executed at the behest of our President, while
crying crocodile tears when the same President abhors violence,
performing as a penitent at the site of the recent school murders.
This is hypocrisy in the highest.
The United States has been shooting civilian children and innocent
adults since September 2001. We are no strangers to extrajudicial,
We are comfortable, or at least
impassive, about the deaths committed overseas in our name, yet we get
incensed when this violence settles on our doorstep. Are the lives of
Connecticut kids more valuable than those of kids in Afghanistan of
Iraq, or any country that carries assault rifles given to them by U.S.
foreign military aid programs? When our Defense policy is based upon
the concept of overwhelming and non-proportional violence, how can we
say that gun violence is a discrete and perplexing phenomenon?
cage fighting, and boxing and every blood-lusty thing we can sink our
teeth into, yet have the temerity to act shocked when our more
vulnerable members of society act out their revenge fantasies.
should be listening and talking to each other as opposed to getting
lost down the rabbit hole of self-indulgent video pursuits. We can
claim to have thousands of Facebook and Twitter friends who consume our
ersatz self, but who knows our soul? Who can feel anothers fear and
We are victims of our gluttony, gullibility and fear, and guns merely facilitate the problem.
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