Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WestCoastFredCalifornia is right

From WestCoastFredCalifornia from the comments in the New York Times. 

The most corrosive thing about guns in something that is almost NEVER discussed. It is what possession of a gun does to the INSIDE OF THE HEAD of the person carrying it.

With a gun in one's pocket, one becomes a self-styled arbitor of right and wrong. In EVERY interaction with others -- no matter how trivial -- one becomes an "enforcer" who always has the option of forcing his own way - his own opinion on what is right or wrong - upon others. It creates a feeling of superiority. A feeling that "I am the one who is good, and if I decide you are bad, I can blow you away."

The more time one spends carrying a gun, the more pervasive and penetrating this feeling becomes. It corrodes the way judges other drivers, the way one interacts with the waitress or check-out person, the way one parents, and certainly, the way one filters political news and events. That attitude is what creates the swaggering, smug arrogance that is so pervasive among gun owners. And in an unhealthy person, it can, and does, lead to an obsession. An obsession that can grow and grow - like any addiction - until the person becomes crazy enough to go out and act on the very fantasy that prompted him to buy the weapon in the first place: commit mass murders.

If you buy a people-mower-downer AR-15 or the like, it's because you are fantasizing about mowing down people.

Nov. 12, 2017 at 1:18 p.m.

The history of mass shootings

America.  We're number one!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017

Thank you, Senator Chris Murphy

"The paralysis you feel right now — the impotent helplessness that washes over you as news of another mass slaughter scrolls across the television screen — isn’t real," wrote Sen. Chris Murphy.

"It's a fiction created and methodically cultivated by the gun lobby, designed to assure that no laws are passed to make America safer, because those laws would cut into their profits," the Connecticut Democrat continued.
Link from here.