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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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 »

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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….

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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 »

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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.

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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“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 »

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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.