I read an interesting article by Ted Dziuba. It’s not entirely wrong; the amassing of weapons by the US gov’t and by private citizens does amount to an arms race–from a certain point of view. However, his ‘solution’ is untenable and, ultimately, deluded.
The first problem is that it’s not, ultimately, just the police one has to worry about–it’s the USMC, and the Army, and the Navy, and the USAF, and the National Guard, and the Coast Guard, and the FBI, and the Border Patrol, and every single other gov’t organisation in the United States which arms its members.
If the US gov’t were willing to consider disarming the military, the notion of mutual disarmament might be tenable–even if it was still wrong–but that is categorically impossible for many reasons, some of which are even good ones.
Besides, there’s a bigger problem: guns aren’t the problem and never have been. There is no such thing as an ‘evil’ object which should be banned. Guns are a non-issue, except that they are slightly more convenient than, say, explosives in inflicting violence. The problem is people; the problem, the screaming white elephant in the room, is us.
Our culture; our society; our community. World wide.
We are the problem.
Craziness is contagious. Not in the sense of a flu, or a meme, but it is contagious; it spreads and it mutates and it comes from that inexhaustible reservoir known as the mass consciousness. The only thing which differs from time to time is the state of health of that mass consciousness; right now it’s looking a little under the weather–in the same way as an Ebola victim looks a trifle peaky.
Minds operate singularly, in the sense of individuals, but they also operate collectively; anyone who has ever been in a business meeting probably knows that the collective IQ of the group is usually the lowest IQ in the group divided by the number of people present. Groups inevitably trend toward stupidity; imagine the collective IQ of a city.
The ‘crazies’ who have committed these bizarre and impossibly evil crimes in our lifetime are simply more susceptible to the feedback loop between mass consciousness and individual consciousness; they’re the canaries of the mind: the ones who couldn’t numb themselves with TV and Facebook, or dope themselves up strongly enough on prescription meds (or who suffered psychosis from taking them), and hadn’t the fortitude required to simply stand above the sickness in every single one of your black and rotting hearts.
When guns are taken away, they’ll use knives instead. Or fire. Or explosives. A garbage truck could make a real mess of a kindergarten in the wrong hands.
But we don’t hear people talking about banning garbage trucks, do we?
No; because that would be glancing around the room, which carries the risk of us noticing the elephant–noticing that no matter what we ban or legislate or control, there will always be us. Perhaps we should ban independent thought; if everyone’s on enough pot and enough Zoloft and never logs off Facebook, perhaps we can simply stop functioning as human beings; that would stop us from engineering these disasters.
Or we can own up to the failures of racial integration, of feminism, of suffrage, of radical religion (including atheism), of gay rights, of modern divorce laws, of pension laws, of modern wealth distribution systems, of industrialization, of the news and media complex, of every gov’t we’ve created to magically fix our problems; and instead of always pushing the blame onto some fiction (comic books, reefer madness, guns, video games, rock’n'roll, alcohol, drugs, Irish Catholics, Jews, &c.) take a hard look at ourselves instead.
But that would be looking the elephant in the eye, and you’re too cowardly to do that.