NSSF Headquarters

Remember how “it doesn’t seem possible?” How much more deluded does that sound when you realize that Newtown, Connecticut is home to the headquarters of the National Shooting Sports Association, “the trade association for the firearms industry”?

Among the many illnesses plaguing this market-totalitarian society is this sponsored solipsism, in which the world only exists for other, abstract people. In the South, they believe so strongly in the sanctity of marriage and the evils of divorce, they pass Covenant Marriage statutes. But then only one percent utilize them, and the divorce rates are higher there than anywhere else. Everybody thinks our schools suck, but also adore their own children’s teachers. People get shot on TV, right?

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Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

The keyword is probably “sponsored”, as in cheaply available identities to latch on. This is one of the most terrifying aspects of life today, since it precludes any possibility for empathy and connection (but opens ample opportunities for profit – hey, you are an environmentalist, right? the kind of guy that will buy expensive water bottle, and organically grown 200$ jeans?). If you are a conservative mom, you could not possibly admit that longer paid maternity leave would be nice and necessary. If you are an atheist, you cannot possibly acknowledge the important role religion plays in many people’s lives.… Read more »

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

But above all: if we are white middle class, we could not possibly acknowledge our obliviousness of what the intricate machinery of our daily lives is based on. It would be just too much to give up the idea of us being decent, playing-by-the rules folks, who are shocked – shocked, I tells you – when the hcickens come home to roost in whatever form.

I wonder if some of the parents in the school work for NSSF and if so, if they are able to connect the dots….

Michael Dawson
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Apparently, CT has long been a gun-centric place: By 1904, Connecticut’s firearms industry was producing four-fifths of the ammunition and more than one-fourth of the total value of all firearms manufactured by nongovernment factories in the US. Today’s NYT has a story on the gun-happiness of Newtown culture: The gunman’s mother, Nancy Lanza, had collected several weapons, including powerful handguns and a semiautomatic rifle that she and her son, Adam, were fond of shooting, and it remains unclear where they took their target practice. Much of the gunfire and the explosions reported by residents to the police in recent months… Read more »

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Well, we aren’t going to let a few facts get in the way of smug, norteastern ‘superiority’, decency, propriety, and being stereotypical white d***s. The hologram quote is dead on, and it also scares me/is scary accurate? Maybe I am more vulnerable intellectually than most, but I repeatedly notice that all it takes for me is about 5-10 minutes of radio, tv, or checking out the newspaper to sign with relief (!) – “um, yeah, that sounds about right, and things really aren’t so bad”. Which I would happily go along with – but there is so much cold, hard… Read more »

Michael Dawson
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Personally, I think this is on the right track: “Our gun culture promotes a fatal slide into extreme individualism. It fosters a society of atomistic individuals, isolated before power — and one another — and in the aftermath of shootings such as at Newtown, paralyzed with fear. That is not freedom, but quite its opposite.” — Firmin Debrabander And so it this, actually: “We are the only industrialized country that has this problem. In the whole world, the only one…When you see 6- and 7-year-olds as the victims, somehow or another, it goes to your heart a little more. My… Read more »

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

At this point the gun culture (and the attendant individualism) is probably indistinguishable from popular culture and movies in particular – the story lines in movies are ALWAYS about an individual, who through individual awesomeness overcomes all adversity (most often through the liberal application of violence) and prevails, to live happily ever after on the top. There is NEVER a movie about people solving their problems collectively.

Michael Dawson
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Yes, I think it’s all deeply tied to the venerable overclass claim that “There is no such thing as society.” Sorry, Tex, but it looks like you’re gonna hafta shoot yer way outta this one…Here’s your Bushmaster .223…

If Occupy were smarter (or even still existed), it would be clamoring for the overthrow of the Reagan Revolution, which continues unabated.

And, as we TCTers know, the main engine of atomization is big business marketing.

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Yep, and the tragedy is that the bigger the crisis, the bigger the desire to insulate yourself, and hold onto whatever you already have (no matter how little, and no matter the bigger cost). On a lighter note, if we aren’t going to do it, progressive voices (!) from… Iran set us strait (as reported on Fox news, of all places): President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the tragedy to criticize what he called the ?profiteering ambitions of a certain group ? which have various destructive effects on the society and particularly innocent children and youths.? An article on the foreign ministry… Read more »

High Arka
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Putting aside the “drones are worse than guns” thing, you can assume that, as soon as you succeed in getting rid of that particular idiotic product (guns), something equally crappy and more dangerous will spring up in its place. Do you want people firing heart-stopping taser clips for self defense? You can already zap a potential rapist on the subway with ten seconds of 120,000 volts for around $49.95 new. And prisoners shank each other all the time, and cars kill people, etc. If we treat only the symptoms, we’ll not only distract ourselves, but we’ll allow the underlying cause… Read more »

Michael Dawson
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I have no illusions that guns are the main cause of our mounting troubles, Ark. They are certainly a symptom. But I also have a very strong sense that this is a moment where intervention for meaningful decency may exist, and I also see guns as a pretty damned major symptom. In any event, as you know, chances to make real social considerations count are few and far between in this market-totalitarian place and time. As for weapons getting worse, I’m not sure I agree with your point. I think the means of killing are pretty close to their right… Read more »

High Arka
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Tangible explosive projectiles are effective, just like bronze broadswords or a mossy rock, but they’re certainly low on the scale of what we’re going to have eventually. Put a bunch of psychotics in a giant asylum with guns, and there will be shootings; take away the guns but leave everything else the same, and what might they come up with? You’d like cars to be gone, but our entire infrastructure would need to be remade before that would work. People would be, literally, starving for inability to get to food/work/etc., if just the cars went away. And worse, there’d be… Read more »

Michael Dawson
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It does seem likely that bombs would become more prevalent, should access to guns ever be meaningfully reduced. But bombs are a lot tougher to deploy, so it might be worth it. As for cars, my argument is that they are going away, one way or the other, due to their wildly unsustainable level of energy waste, and also because of their contribution to global warming. Our options are collectively managed reconstruction, or descent into Mad Maxylvania. As for cops, I am not an anarchist. I am convinced that their is a large legitimate role for police, especially in this… Read more »

High Arka
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This one does as well. Cops have better training, better aim, better equipment, retirement plans, trained close friends, and a working understanding of crime scenes, forensics, rules of evidence, and what triggers the local prosecutors to act. So, if they wanted to, they would be much better at this sort of thing. Accordingly, if any of them were to go nutty, they would be able to do so in much different ways. Their cries for help (if that’s today’s approved tagline for the latest Lone White Gunman) would probably be much smaller numbers-wise, and be termed something other than a… Read more »

diane
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diane

“It seems like pomp and circumstance hold a lot of sway over the psyche. Nice suits, uniforms, careful planning, formal titles, and it’s all so much easier to swallow. If murderers marketed themselves, you might say that Lanza was a failed startup with no message ….” It’s those fingerprintless white gloves, West Point certainly knows that. Tis true, ‘The Angel of Lights’ greatest advantage, is that people don’t believe in evil in UPPERCASE (or upper caste, if you will). Look at how long it took the teeny handful of predominately white management/academia class ‘netizens’ (1) who now seem to be… Read more »

diane
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diane

jeesh, and how could I have forgotten to list the Bezos/’Amazon’ name, in the post above about those who should be detained, if any ….

very sorry for the failure there. As we all are well aware, the ‘climate’ …is an absolute catastrophe …prone to having many with what we think is good intent, …. jumping the gun.