Disarm The Deranged?
by Jeff Costello, July 6, 2016
"Life was as neatly folded and full of promise as the morning newspaper" — Betty MacDonald, writing about job hunting in the great depression. (My, how things have changed). I sent this quote to Bruce at the AVA. His reply: "What happened?" My response: "TV, hippies?" His answer: "In that order."
Disarm the deranged? Who's going to disarm Wayne LaPierre? If you want to see just how nuts he is, find a copy of the NRA magazine and read his column. The question could be, "Who is NOT deranged?" What exactly is the New Normal?
Disarm the deranged... A wonderful idea in theory, but a giant can of worms in practice. Like eugenics. Who decides what segments of the population deserve to live, or have firearms, for that matter? And what are their qualifications, and who decides what those qualifications are?
Mentally ill? Or "differently abled" in regard to brain processes? Desire for firearms, if you ask me, is a form of mental illness. "Next time I'm pissed off at somebody, I can kill them." "I want to feel powerful." The more overpopulated the world gets, the harder it is to be noticed, to stand out in a crowd, to get some damn attention. To have an effect. But when everyone is armed, the effect is harder to get. So the guns must be employed in bigger and more outrageous ways.
Woman in Texas shoots and kills her two daughters. How do we then consider the loving, precious things they all said to each other on social media. Beware public displays of affection? Texas - the only place where I rode to a party in a car with a quart of whiskey being passed around and a loaded revolver on the dashboard. Drive-in liquor stores where the clerk asks if you'd like a cup and ice to go with the booze you just bought.
Regarding police shootings, yes they are increasing. During the Sausalito Houseboat Wars, a friend (one of us) said, "We can't win because they have all the guns." Is the police force not deranged? Is it not deranged to even imagine a shootout with an armored riot squad? To even think in such terms? Or is it the New Normal?