Sunday October 8th, a week after the massacre in Las Vegas. That’s more than enough time.
Now we can take a hard look at the problem. Today would be a good day to go directly at it. For loyal Republicans, especially, the difficult work now begins. Who or what was really to blame for all those dead bodies?
…VICE News called Don Turner, president of the Nevada Firearms Coalition, the state’s NRA affiliate, to discuss gun laws in the state. Turner was in Phoenix, attending an NRA conference for gun range owners, where he’s scheduled to speak this morning.
Don can tell you a few things about the problem. But he’s not convinced that guns had anything to do with it.
…Turner told VICE News that “when someone has that kind of mentality, it doesn’t matter what kind of laws you have,” and he encouraged a calm public response.
Funny that idea. It inevitably gets tossed around after one of these mass murder shootings – which is to say frequently. Turner being bred in the belly of the beast, you would think his “laws are helpless in the face of evil” mantra would be anathema to his right-wing brethren. Townhall’s resident Philosopher of Man Mike Adams:
If there is one thing that separates the conservative from the liberal it is his view of human nature. The conservative sees man as born in a broken state. This tragic view of human nature sees man as selfish and hedonistic by design. Given his nature, it is no wonder a man chooses crime. It is a wonder he ever chooses conformity…
His solution is to implement a back-up plan. In the context of crime, that back-up plan takes the form of a criminal justice system focused on punishment.
This is the bedrock of hectoring conservatism (i.e. All Conservatism). Man’s boundless evil is the reason they want to legislate – and eventually always do – consensual sexual activity, pleasure-seeking behavior and elementary school education. There is nothing too trivial to present a looming threat that requires legal intervention and incarceration.
“After our success in stopping President Obama’s bathroom rules in court, states are now free to enact legislature of their choosing to protect privacy,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “Texans should feel safe and secure when they enter any intimate facility, so I applaud the work of Lt. Gov. Patrick and state Sen. Kolkhorst for fighting to protect women and children from those who might use access to such facilities for nefarious purposes.”
Even children peeing in bathrooms need to be protected from lurking evil. But you? Caught in another mass shooting? Naaaw. When a sporting enthusiast sprays a few thousand rounds at a music concert, that’s just a sad fact of life…
“This is the price of freedom,” (Bill-O) continued. “Violent nuts are allowed to roam free until they do damage, no matter how threatening they are.”
O’Reilly said his experiences covering gun-related crimes showed him that “government restrictions will not stop psychopaths from harming people” because “they will find a way.”
It’s like hearing rap music in public, or getting caught in long lines at the Cineplex. Sigh what a world, amirite? As mother once told you, there’s little point in complaining about the weather. Especially when it can kill you. Perhaps you’re the type to be surprised to find this out, particularly as gospel coming from the fundamentalists, but hard laws and stiff penalties never solved anything.
…Trump on Thursday saying he is open to considering legislation that would ban bump stocks, which were implicated in the mass shooting that happened in Las Vegas last weekend.
“We don’t believe bans ever worked on anything,” (NRA executive director) Chris Cox told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” when asked whether the organization would support a ban on the devices.
And besides – can we even do that? Aren’t there other entities involved here? Isn’t it mostly out of our hands? Aren’t these “firearm laws” the prerogative of someone else?
State Sens. Kelvin Atkinson, Yvanna Cancela, Julia Ratti, and Assemblymen Jason Frierson and Chris Brooks issued a joint statement about the need for the (bump stock) bill: “As more details continue to emerge, it is clear that action must be taken to build the safest Nevada possible for our families and communities.”
Assembly Republican Leader Jim Wheeler said through a spokesman that regulation of bump stocks is a federal issue because the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms allows the devices.
I guess some issues are just too big for mere politicians to decide (yeah, no).
Anyway there’s an even bigger issue to address here, long before we try to do something like permanently amend the Constitution. We still don’t know what happened.
…Turner told VICE News that “when someone has that kind of mentality, it doesn’t matter what kind of laws you have,” and he encouraged a calm public response. “In the emotion of the moment, there’s a tendency to push anti-gun agendas. We need to find out what really happened.”
There may have been some twenty-odd thousand witnesses – but what the hell just happened? I mean, really? Do we even have any idea? This seems to be the most rational stab at Republican irrationality. There’s been so much confusion and chaos, how could we ever possibly know? I mean beyond the lurid news images of automatic gunfire and people dying. There’s the mass perception, of course, but then there’s the truth. Let’s not forget that. Let’s not only content ourselves with putting a battle dressing on a deep philosophical conundrum. It’s all so forever complicated and unclear, it’s simplicity defined.
Few others might, but Republicans clearly see the problem. Plagued as we are with chaotic reality and flawed epistemology, not to mention the ubiquity of evil and the fundamental meaningless of all laws – as well as there being only a rare few people who have the power to make them – America’s mass shootings are pretty much a hopeless situation. And if that observation doesn’t seem strange to you, there’s this one. He-men would prefer to be seen as strong and capable, but ours are routinely satisfied with their own impotence when confronted with the mass murder of the public.