I can’t remember the last time I heard anyone blame a mass killing on sex or atheism, but you have to find ammunition for your “arguments” wherever you find them. I would have thrown in the loss of “family values”, immigration, slack penal codes and a “liberal” mentality that sees every tragedy as a chance to get on your moral soapbox and proclaim what’s wrong with the world to the ignorant masses who can’t get off the couch to vote and become politically active and wouldn’t know what they were voting for even if they made it that far.
Pitted against the bible-thumping conservatives who don’t care enough about human life to abort a fetus you have on “the other side a desperate attempt to control the spread of guns before another killer wields them on defenseless innocents“. With over 200 million guns estimated to be in the hands of Americans, it’s a bit late for that simplistic, sophomoric attempt to frame the issue.
Not to leave out Kelly’s ideological cohort, co-writer of “The Second Amendment: An Outdated, Ideological Fallacy“, in which defenders of the 2nd amendment are “dedicated to . . . fantasy [and] dangerous illusions as to the continued relevance of an armed militia concerned with resisting a tyrannous federal government.”
Certainly the last 10 years, with the Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, Presidential Policy Directive 20 — a secret order to monitor all Internet traffic signed by President Obama with the intent to stop cyberattacks — and the NSA’s Total Information Awareness, and the very real probability that the CIA masterminded 9/11 leave us with a Federal government that is more tyrannous and evil than at any other time in US history. Our constitutional rights to privacy and due process of law are being destroyed. Writes John Whitehead,
. . . programs like National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping and Total Information Awareness has grown into a full-fledged network of warrantless surveillance, electronic tracking and data mining, thanks to federal agents having been granted carte blanche access to the vast majority of electronic communications in America. Their methods generally run counter to the Constitution, but no federal agency, court or legislature has stepped up to oppose this rapid erosion of our privacy, and there is no way of opting out of this system.
Consequently, over the course of the past 12 years, Congress, the courts, and the president (both George W. Bush and Barack Obama) have managed to completely erode privacy in America.
Of course if there is no real privacy then legal protections such as due process become highly problematic if not impossible. If the argument against the 2nd amendment rests on the issue of government tyranny, it has lost before starting.
In Principles of Tyranny, Jon Roland includes the following in the section on “the Methodology of tyranny“.
Seeking a government monopoly on the capability and use of armed force
The first signs are efforts to register or restrict the possession and use of firearms, initially under the guise of “protecting” the public, which, when it actually results in increased crime, provides a basis for further disarmament efforts affecting more people and more weapons.
Militarization of law enforcement
Declaring a “war on crime [terror]” that becomes a war on civil liberties. Preparation of military forces for internal policing duties.
The “war on crime” or “terror” is the boogyman in the room. “Constitutional protections have been diminished by hegemonic political ambitions. Indefinite detention, torture, and murder are now acknowledged practices of the United States government. The historic achievement of due process has been rolled back. Tyranny has re-emerged,” writes Paul Craig Roberts.
The fundamental argument is that with less guns there will be less murders. Ok, and with less McDonalds hamburgers there will be less heart attacks and diabetes. Where are the cries to outlaw junk food? And alcohol kills nearly 75,000 Americans each year and robs 30 years from their lives, not to mention the horrible suffering from debilitating diseases and addiction.
Where are the crocodile tears for the 75,000 dead? What about the hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Where are the blogger tears and moments of silence?
(How can you compare guns, which are bought with the intent to do harm, with junk food? Because junk food is made with no other intent but to do harm for profit, to create addicts whose health will be destroyed so they can be passed into the waiting hands of the doctors and pharmaceutical companies who will get them addicted to costly toxic drugs. Junk food destroys the health of millions of people a year. Pharmaceutical drugs destroy the health of millions of people a year.
But let’s divert our attention to a random shooting.)
Americans don’t realize that they are being conned to distraction again by the fascist rulers and their fatuous media pawns away from the real issues that threaten the freedoms and very fabric of American democracy. I’m not sure anyone sums it up as well as Mike Adams.
The Sandy Hook shooting outrage reaction is also a fear mongering hoax. You have been manipulated by Obama and the mainstream media into invoking an irrational, hyped-up response to an event that poses virtually no risk to the American people.
So why are the American people and the theatrical media with its chorus of bloggers so up in arms about gun control? Don’t we have more important things to worry about?
. . . Barack Obama, one of the world’s great mass murderers of children who is right now signing off on yet more unarmed drone bombings of innocent children in Libya, Afghanistan, and soon Syria and Iran. You don’t see those children on television, and Obama sheds no tears for them. They are the “invisible” children of the world whose deaths don’t matter to the U.S. media, which celebrates mass violence and deadly wars.
But as bad as all this is, it’s not the real source of the problem. The problem isn’t a fascist government and a ruthless corporatocracy. The problem is the American people who are too brainwashed by media and cultural propaganda to know fiction from reality. We are like children who believe in a fairy tale that the world is going along fine and the devastating reality of America becoming a police state is so much paranoid conspiratorial nonsense, while being conned by a fascist government controlled by international bankers, energy, drug and war corporations. Our freedom is vanishing.