It Doesn’t Seem Possible?

status quobama In a natural testament to the power of the marketing-driven national hologram, those are the actual, spontaneous words of a directly involved citizen of the United States in 2012, about this latest mass gunning.

“It doesn’t seem surprising” is a lot more like it, of course.

And let us not fail to praise our great, glorious leader, he who responded to the “Batman” killing spree all those 5 months ago by having his press secretary say “The president’s view is that we can take steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them under existing law.”

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Nope, not surprising at all. I would happily take desensitation if it was just that. But nope, we’re headed towards a full-blown national death-worship cult, and eeeveryody is a member.

That aside, what I don’t understand is why does it have to be a school? I don’t know who the shooter is, but if you are going to go nuts, please do so in the Hamptons and/or Wall St.

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Time to throw together one of those meme pictures Michael loves so much: picture of Wall Street guarded by a thousand cops, pictures of a thousand schools guarded by ten cops who switch back and forth.

Given the people FB-gushing about how terrible it is that young people lost their lives, we probably don’t have very long before Arthur writes another article about how specifically terrible Americans are. At the very least, like all manufactured news-items, it should make the radical political bloggers wake up a little.

Marla Singer
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I agree with one thing that Arthur often writes about – how the focus, outrage, and condemnation of particularly extreme violence server the important psychological function to cleanse us and make it easier to accept the routine violence both at home and abroad. And speakind of FB, another thing that I found particularly diheartening, is how all these liberal soccer moms I know all of a sudden demanded that their kids’ schols be instantly transformed in supermax facilities – more cameras! more security! buzz doors! gun in every classroom! etc. I got tons of flack by reminding them that as… Read more »

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(Not that I’d oppose consistent adequate security for schools. But they already look like and are managed like prisons. And treating the last symptoms of the problem – accelerating social decay/anomie by adding a few cameras and buzzdoors – rather than the root causes, make me sad be a human, supposedly endowed with intelligence’n shit…)

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And lo, it did, and Silber moved upon the waters. And He extensively quoted His old articles on how Americans are bad, while reminding us how much He, personally, reviles them AND their sins. Since we’re on The Consumer Trap, look at this from a marketing angle: as all the radical bloggers critique the mainstream media and its consumers for reacting to this particular event while neglecting others, it’s clear that they’re trying to drum up their own kind of business. There’s a school shooting, so everyone jumps online to enjoy the radicals’ takedowns of the way the media uses… Read more »

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Marla Singer

American certainly doesn’t “suck” in some sort of universal way, but as Joe Bageant diagnosed, a large proportion of Americans are degraded and do live degraded lives and nave done so for so long, that it almost no longer matters why this is so. Just because it may be more difficult, is of course no reason not to reach out though, and I think this is where a lot of “liberals” fail miserably: they actually do enjoy the clinging to guns and religion stereotype and love to humiliate and put down the ‘trailer trash’ and would actually enjoy more power… Read more »

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Marla Singer

Right, I don’t disagree with your analysis, and I’m aware of the actual demographics of gun ownership, but insofar the warring factions perceive the gun-related stereotypes as true, they are indeed quasi-true since they clearly instigate certain behaviors and attitudes (on either side). As far as the soccer moms are concerned, for all intent and purposes the gun owners *are* mostly rednecks itching to shoot their sons and fondle their daughters. (and of course, the gun-owning soccer moms prepare for the ‘imminent race war’ or something). As with most thing,s gun policy would be easy to address if we were… Read more »

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Marla Singer

Makes sense, but it would be nice to know how much to weight this explanation – what about the armed rebellions though (esp. Shay’s rebellion, that afaik at least some historians credit with accelerating sealing the deal with the constitution and in convincing some holdouts that they need a stronger federal government to crack down on such things as needed…)

Also, if that was the reasoning, why be worried about infringing on the right to bear arms? If it is squarely in the interest of the state, where would a challenge come from – esp. in those years?