About the horrific shootings in CT… I already see the expected reactions: one side screaming for more gun laws, and the other side screaming about their gun rights. Both have some valid arguments, but neither will budge so they’ll argue for eternity. I’ve heard all the arguments for years, and I don’t usually participate in them anymore because nothing ever changes.
I want to know when we’ll see a national dialogue about the glorification of guns in our culture and how harmful that can be. Guns are celebrated in our society as a way to resolve problems, for good or otherwise — many people even seem to fetishize them. Our entertainment industry is especially good at it. Is that healthy? Comparing America’s gun death rate to that of other countries, I don’t know if it’s a simple matter of laws and rights. It seems to me there’s something about a country’s “national psyche” that has to be taken into account. Maybe it’s just our cultural glorification of violence in general that’s taking its toll. If so, the laws/rights arguments can only go so far towards making things better.
That said, I have no idea about a possible solution — I’m just throwing my two cents out there. I do tend to side with those advocating stricter laws & better screening, though our country is already saturated with enough guns that anyone can get one regardless of the law. But if it meant catching a few potential psychos while still letting responsible owners do their thing, wouldn’t it be worth trying? And then we have the pro-gun people who get super defensive after each mass killing — they disgust me with their endless defense of their weapons that are extremely efficient at killing large numbers of people in a single go. “It’s mah god-given RAHHT ta own a GUHHNN if ah want to cuz it sayz in th’ CON-stee-TOO-shun that ah have th’ rahht ta bear mah arms!” Yes, we’re aware that you love your gun and its penis-extending qualities. Nobody’s taking your gun away, so shut the fuck up and go back to your target range. Let people mourn.
What a sick, sad thing to happen. I honestly don’t have much faith that America can reverse the self-destructive course it’s on.