So yet another school massacre. This time in Oregon at a community college. The gunman, apparently, had a total of 13 guns, 6 of them brought to the campus and 7 back at his apartment. Another day in the grand ol’ U.S. of A. Since the horror of Sandy Hook in 2012, in the U.S., there have been approximately 142 school shootings.
Even my alma mater, Florida State University, wasn’t necessarily the safest from the crazies.
Regarding firearms, I seriously have no issue with guns — they never meant much while I lived overseas — but now I live in a land where the outspoken lunacy of the fringe right and their current crop of NRA cult leaders have taken the proud words “Second Amendment” to cultural extremes for their own mad shooting pleasure. I’ve an acquaintance who has introduced me to the term “gunhumpers,” and well, yes, that’s exactly what they are. I’m not talking about anyone who has a handgun of some sort or a shotgun for protection…or even the antique collector, really. No, I’m talking about the self-made, one-man/woman militia with a gigantic stockpile of firearms that would scare off the entirety of a zombie apocalypse (which they’re all hoping will happen anyway) or, heaven forbid, a Graboid invasion, those gun fetishists who have no real need for so many of the damned things despite the voices in their heads screaming otherwise.
The solution they, through the voices of their conservative talking heads, tend to present whenever a massacre happens involving gun violence: More Fucking Guns.
Not renewed restrictions. Not any further investigation into how psychopaths can easily garner access and how to prevent that from happening. Not even any sort of rational solution to our mental health system, which has nothing to do with gun safety and everything to do with catching this sort of thing before it happens.
No. Just More Fucking Guns. (Because criminals will find a way to get guns anyway, we may as well be armed to the teeth. Yeah.)
Today, 2016 right-wing presidential candidate Jeb Bush even went so far as to virtually dismiss the issue behind the tragedy, as if it had been just a normal, everyday occurrence and Whatever.
From The Washington Post:
Speaking at an event in Greenville, S.C., Bush’s comment came in the midst of expansive answers about the Second Amendment and how people respond to school shootings.
“We’re in a difficult time in our country and I don’t think that more government is necessarily the answer to this,” he said. “I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s just, it’s very sad to see. But I resist the notion — and I did, I had this, this challenge as governor, because we have, look, stuff happens, there’s always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”
Yeah, stuff happens.
Bush Jr. Jr. tries to rephrase but bungles it even further by offering a truly awful comparative, as the ultra-right tend to do because logical fallacies are their forte:
“Things happen all the time,” Bush said. “Things — is that better?”
He later elaborated: “Things happen all the time. A child drowns in a pool and the impulse is to pass a law that puts fencing around a pool… The cumulative effect of this is that in some cases, you don’t solve the problem by passing the law and you’re imposing on large numbers of people burdens that make it harder for our economy to grow, make it harder to protect liberty.”
What in the ever loving hell. (And, ironically, the Jebster did pass such a law.)
This sort of nonchalance to an act of premeditated violence, a mass killing caused by a goddamn lunatic armed with guns, is why I’m starting to truly believe the party of “family values” may be awfully comfortable with psychopathy for them to even admit.
But hey, the solution is so obviously simple, right?
Even More Fucking Guns.