The best thing about writing a blog is that you don’t necessarily have to be an expert on the topic of the discussion beyond your own direct experience. And given that we all have been recreated as omniscient by that rapidly accessible fact locker of the Internet, we are all empowered to shoot our mouths off with the probability of some factual certainty somewhere to back it up. So once again, let me descend into the muddy slurry of my own hubris and slosh around a bit. There seem to be two basic kinds of controversies that currently proliferate in our consciousness’ in the modern sense of same, public and personal. Take for example the latest government embedded media flash fire of “GUNS!!!!!”. All of a sudden, using techniques of didactic and emotional harangue that haven’t changed in style since Brutus capped Caesar, the big ‘WE” are enjoined to cower in fear (yet again) because the news of the land and those politicians whose dubious careers depend upon the statistically calculated appreciation of it have decided to interchange the word ‘gun’ with ‘bad’.
OK, now in terms of my own ‘personal’ entry point into the discussion, I have had experience with firearms occasionally since I was proverbial knee high to a cornstalk. I have always gotten that particular uneasy feeling when I have handled them, much along the lines of the same experience that I have known handling an industrial power saw. And, quite frankly, when I see one wielded in public I am exceedingly aware like Jason Bourne of all the exits and places of temporary cover. Where I suppose that I, like most others, have received this ‘training’ from the point that my twin post-infant light collectors first detected that persistently insidious 24 FPS to 60 Hertz flicker. I do frequently travel through crime ridden streets without a six chambered passport and I don’t feel the need to sleep with a 1911 Colt tucked under my pillow at night falling asleep to the rotating fan turning hypnotically above me.
Yet, despite this, it seems very strange that, all of a sudden out of the blue, that this particular society should be running from house with torches in the midst of another proverbial “Dark Knight” rousing the villagers against this mass media inspired ‘monster’. In fact, given the fact of the type of people who have forgotten that their government jobs DO NOT entitle them to act like Louis XIII, the ‘Sun King’, I feel safer with the notion that so many of my Romney voting ‘red neck’ neighbors may have lock and load ready arsenals tucked away in a secret corner of their basements. Consider the proposition that we children of the Cold War were raised with known as ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’. Also known as ‘detente’, ‘balance of power’, etc., but essentially meaning that one group in power cannot just make a bunch of regulations to suit their own self interest and go out and take what they want. Now I know that the last few generations who have been raised like game cocks to accede without comment to any informational disrobing demanded by any organizational entity with a company logo appearing vaguely official or Masonic. BUT, in order for this whole rust bin society of ours to keep on with any hope of functioning we all need a little more ‘give and take’!
The whole concept of a country, region or nation is private ownership. The constabulary empowered in any given geographic locale is bond only to ‘protect’ from destructive encroachment of same and thus ‘serve’ those who own it. This unfortunately does not cover the noncombatant peon’s who daily traverse it and pay rent. Despite their ‘strawman’ status as a piece of property of the larger national corporation, any protection they might be offered in terms of preserving their lives comes only with a more general definition of preserving, ‘the peace’. This covers the global government scene worldwide. The reasons that America is so gun rich has to be that the peon’s from all of the world who have emigrated here, even up to the present day, have all been pooped upon aplenty by their native homelands where they didn’t have any. Consider that our own gun U.S. toting population, don’t raise their ‘smoke wagons’ skyward and start pounding the trigger at weddings and funerals like those Middle Eastern terrorist, but safely at gun ranges where everyone strictly follows the rules. Given ceaseless government scandals of officials in the public trust acting ‘fast and furious, like Sicilian bandits periodically descending from the hills ala “Yojimbo”, I am personally glad that we have the number of people that demonstrably support the 2nd amendment as we still do!
“OK, you Europeans, you can comeback into the room now!”