RANGER AGAINST WAR: A Most Peculiar Man, Pt. II <

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Most Peculiar Man, Pt. II

  and I missed you since the place got wrecked
And I just don't care what happens next
looks like freedom but it feels like death
it's something in between, I guess
it's closing time 
--Closing Time, Leonard Cohen
(lyrics, Jay/Feinstein) 

Solitude is the profoundest fact
of the human condition.
Man is the only being who knows he is alone 
--The Labyrinth of Solitude, Octavio Paz 

Rumor had it that he was homosexual;
in reality, in recent years, he was simply
a garden-variety alcoholic 
--The Elementary Particles, Michel Houellebecq

Continuation of thoughts on the Kurt R. Myers shooting in upstate New York:

Once the shooting starts it is hard to control emotions -- police, included.

SWAT teams practice every day for such scenarios, kitted out in their black gunfighter rigs, often in public. They often appear in public wearing black T-shirts with images of cross-hairs trained on a person's head, or sporting cutesy captions like, "We still make house calls" under a depiction of a team busting down a door.  These men sit in local restaurants wearing such togs, weapons holstered in plain view.

We have seen these same images thousands of times during the past decade of the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©), sometimes over there, sometimes in t.v. or film, now, increasingly in our our towns. This implied terror now walks openly among us, and we assent to tolerate it, guessing that it is being shown for our own good.

However, the citizens of the United States are NOT the ENEMY, and police have no reason to bully us in this show of force.  They are public servants paid for by our tax dollars.  We do not get off by being the passive players in a BDSM fantasy perpetrated by overbearing brutes who are constructed an "us" versus "them" scenario.

Even in the case of shooter Myers, an adversarial relationship between perpetrator and police is not helpful. If we wish to understand the etiology of a spree shooting, the starting point should be the mindset of the shooter, not the type of weaponry chosen to implement his crime.

Why does a 64-year-old man go on a shooting spree? We do not have the answers, but we can observe that the reaction of our police protectors are often just as violent and pathological as that of the perpetrators they encounter, yet we take comfort in this "good violence". We claim to abhor violence unless it is under an official aegis.  We say we are liberal, democratic and humanistic, but we are all of us armed to the teeth, personally and governmentally.

There are times to employ violence correctly, but correct employment demands the ascent on the spectrum of possible responses; lethal force should not be the go-to response.  Rather, it becomes necessary after depleting non-lethal possible reactions.  However, it seems now -- after the inception of the discretionary Wars on Terror -- we have come to accept violence as an acceptable first reaction.

There is a sickness in our society that cannot be cured by palliative gun control legislation.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you noticed that the typical reaction of John and Jane Q public to the displays of aggression by LE (the accoutrements you mention)is identification with the aggressor? And LE really laps it up. In fact, it seems they have come to expect - nay, demand - obsequious worship.

When did we become such a nation of cowards?

9/11? Definitely accelerated the process, but it was already happening before that.

My theory is that it has to do, as usual, with goofy airheaded urban liberalism. I mean a former military man standing on the original interpretation of the 2A and with a good old fashioned attitude knows how to take care of himself and his own. He is not impressed with the posturing of these LE types. Quite the opposite.

However, an emasculated urban metrosexual that doesn't even know where his food comes from and who believes that the only difference between himself and a woman is an outdated cultural concept that should be banished from his brain, must plead to the nanny state for protection. In his weakness he perversely idolizes LE's parody of manhood.

But what is this thing everyone is so afraid of anyhow? Do we really believe that our neighbors are all ticking time bombs? Do we really fear homicidal villains are lurking around every corner? Where does this come from?

I may talk favorably about the 2A and I may have, in the past, carried a gun, but the way I look at it is that I also carry a spare tire and a jack in my vehicles. I don't "fear" a flat tire as I drive to and fro and I become even less concerned about it because I am prepared.

There's my troglodyte stream of consciousness for the day.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:02:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Nixon came to power by using "crime" in the same way that GWB used "TERRORISM" to gain and expand questionable, if not illegal perogatives. Let's throw in Obama with his drone assasinations.Let's think Hoovers excesses with Commies and Negro leaders.
It's been a long and predictable slippery slope.
Only metrosexuals wear long uncut hair.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:47:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Only metrosexuals wear long uncut hair."

You know, I try to stoically ignore your sense of humor, but you got me there!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 3:18:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

I was unaware that i have a sense of humor.

Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:56:00 AM GMT-5  

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