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It's The American Way

December 15, 2012 @ 09:46

I hate guns; I can't stand to be around them. They make me nervous and I'd love every gun on earth to be gathered up, melted down and turned into something useful.

I'm totally in favour of strict gun control and I shake my head at those who argue against it because they like to hunt. Shooting an animal in the head, any animal has never been my idea of a good time.

I think anyone who can put a deer in their crosshairs and pull the trigger shouldn't be arguing against stricter gun control, they should be arguing for better health care, like psychological analysis.

Which leads me to my point.

Yesterday's tragedy in Connecticut had very little to with gun control and very much to do with a nutball. There are nutballs all over the world but there seems to be a higher concentration violent nutballs in the United States.

It's a by-product of their culture. Their violent, ignorant and politically polarized culture. I truly believe nutballs of equal nuttiness would react in much different ways north and south of the border.

I think the Canadian nutball would be less inclined to go for a gun, not because they aren't as readily available, which they are, but because they've grown up in a different culture.

The American has grown up in a much more violent society with a completely different attitude towards guns than a Canadian. For an American, reaching for a gun is more of an option.

I know what you're thinking. I'm actually arguing for more gun control. But I said that off the top, I'm in favour. I just don't think it would make much of a difference in a situation like we had yesterday, because the culture is never going to change in the States and there will always be guns available - regardless of their legality.

To me, it's like trying to get rid of mosquitos. You can spray for a while, but they'll always be there.

Guns are in their blood, guns are part of who Americans are, and no matter how big the lobby against guns becomes, the lobby for guns will always be there pushing back and pointing to their constitution.

Idiots like Ted Nugent and Rush Limbaugh will fire up the right and inspire the imbeciles within the NRA and it will be decades before anything will change, and even if it does change, all it takes is one new government to reverse everything, which has happened in the past.

Less guns on the street in the United States is a pipe dream because there are already enough illegal and un-registered guns to supply those who want them for years and years to come.

Hard drugs are illegal in the United States, but they're still there for anyone who wants them. Just like drugs, make guns completely illegal but it won't stop a nutball from getting one.

How successful has the so-called war on drugs been?

Adam Lanza used his mother's guns yesterday, but if this master plan was in his head, I don't think the ready availability would have necessarily stopped him, it would have made him go to other sources - of which there are plenty.

To think that stricter gun laws would have prevented what happened yesterday is terribly simplistic and naïve. It's much deeper than that in the United States but unfortunately that country doesn't have the moral integrity to deal with it.

The culture is too ingrained and the polarization of the two sides is so deep that a consensus is completely out of reach.

Do I have a solution? No, and the reason for that is maybe there is no solution. The situation in the United States is so far gone that the best solution might be concentrating more on mental health than gun control - because as much as some hate to hear this, it still takes a finger to pull a trigger.

Unfortunately, psychological assessment often comes too late.

Like yesterday.

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22 Responses to "It's The American Way"


Jeff F.
December 15, 2012 / 10:46

Well said Fred. The issues here go well beyond guns and their availability.


larry
December 15, 2012 / 16:36

so true......the culture of usa is to blame... now i hope that the fact that security ,, i am sorry to say,, did not stop the nut bar... all the security in the world would not stop this, so dont make our schools into prisons


JIM
December 15, 2012 / 18:45

its not a cultural thing the guy was a nut plain and simple.
No amount of anything was going to help this guy I don't hunt and I do not own a gun nor do I believe there is a need for them but you cant paint a whole country with the same brush
this was a very very sad event


Lumby
December 16, 2012 / 08:14

My on-air partner Brian Bourke has written the best response to this unthinkable disaster to date. No unnecessary agenda-laden venom.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/piece-of-bourke/an-open-letterto-our-friends-in-the-united-states-of-america/10151135753966949


Freddie P.
December 16, 2012 / 09:21

@ Jeff - I saw this. It's cute and everything, but it really doesn't say much. "They need to fix it." No kidding.

But very few problems are ever solved by dancing around a subject.

It's interesting, it turns out the mother of this creep collected the weapons partly because she became obsessed with the economy, and if it collapsed, she'd need to protect herself. A survivalist.

I wonder where she got that bullshit? (Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and other AMERICAN Conservative whack jobs). - and then you have the likes of Ted Nugent. They all feed the culture for personal gain.

Call it venom if you want Jeff, but I'm not into holding hands and singing songs in cases like this - and then hoping God plays a part.

.... and remember, I'm a staunch CANADIAN conservative.


Howard
December 16, 2012 / 11:10

Right Said Fred.
As I said on Facebook.."Focusing on guns as the point of yesterday's tragedy is like believing that those Australian DJ's had anything to do with that nurse taking her own life."


Speysidephil
December 16, 2012 / 12:01

Yep typical, jump all over Limbaugh, hannity and Beck, when was the last time you listened to these guys ?
Maybe if we had more of "these guys" telling it like it is the States wouldn't be in the mess they are right now. But all we get is the typical dance around the problem as typified by the mainstream media.
Give me FOX anyway over the ramblings of CBS, NBC etc.


Freddie P.
December 16, 2012 / 12:36

@ Speyside - As I've stated before, and displayed with my support of Stephen Harper, I am a Canadian conservative - but Limbaugh and that group are fuckin' maniacs, out to stir up the morons for their own personal gain. If you can't see that, then good luck to you.
And I listen to them all the time, Howard can attest to that, but I do it for comedic entertainment, nothing more.


Olgica
December 17, 2012 / 05:45

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Andre P
December 17, 2012 / 10:42

Fred,

I agree with most of what you've written except the part about hunters...

I sure hope you're a vegetarian or that makes you a giant hypocrite. My dad has been an avid hunter and as much as he enjoys the social aspect of hunting when he bags a deer, or elk it cuts a few bucks off our grocery bill in the winter. In fact of all the hunters I know I don't know any that get a thrill off killing an animal.

I don't think it's as black and white as to paint all hunters with the same brush. The guns that were used in the shooting were handguns and an assault rifle ... You'd be hard pressed to find any of those weapons in any responsible hunters collection.


Dave O
December 18, 2012 / 22:51

I was listening to a radio broadcast yesterday (CBC, I think), and they were interviewing survivors, and the family of victims of Columbine as it relates to Sandy Hook. One of the survivors, who lost a sister, had an interesting take on what he considers the decline of a generation (his own), and the generations following. People are becoming desensitized to violence because they're becoming so involved in it... largely on the fantasy level: namely video games. I don't know how much it played in this tragedy, but I certainly considered it an interesting observation. Any comments, anyone?


Dave O
December 18, 2012 / 22:52

I was listening to a radio broadcast yesterday (CBC, I think), and they were interviewing survivors, and the family of victims of Columbine as it relates to Sandy Hook. One of the survivors, who lost a sister, had an interesting take on what he considers the decline of a generation (his own), and the generations following. People are becoming desensitized to violence because they're becoming so involved in it... largely on the fantasy level: namely video games. I don't know how much it played in this tragedy, but I certainly considered it an interesting observation. Any comments, anyone?


Dave O
December 18, 2012 / 23:22

I was listening to a radio program yesterday (CBC I think) who were interviewing survivors and families of victims of Columbine in respect to Sandy Hook. One survivor of the attack, who lost a sister, had an interesting take on the situation. He believes his generation, and generations since have become desensitized to violence, in large part do to their involvement with it at the fantasy level: namely video games. He had some interesting and rational points. I don't know that the shooter in this case was a hard core gaming enthusiast, but it's something to think about. Any thoughts, anyone?


Dave O
December 18, 2012 / 23:24

Yes. Posted twice. In two different ways. Fred, you're not the only person with a shitty computer!


speyside phil
December 19, 2012 / 08:44

Dave O, I personally think Video Games (violent ones)are enough to influence a disturbed mind especially when they have access to guns like this moron did. There is a video game out there (not sure of the name) that awards points to how many cops you can kill and then more oints for killing innocent civilians.What's the point behind these games??


Speysidephil
December 19, 2012 / 19:35

The news tonight is the Moron would lock himself In his room and play violent video games for hours!
Hmm!
Is anyone surprised?


Dave O
December 19, 2012 / 23:28

If that's the case, I'm not particularly shocked; saddened, but not surprised.

I think any sliver or semblance of faith I had remaining in the hope of an omnipotent and divine spirit finally vanished last week.

If there is a God, he has a shitty sense of his own importance; not sure I'd like to hang with him for eternity....


Gary
December 20, 2012 / 06:23

Video games is a small part of the big puzzle that has been slowly contributing to the deteriotion of everything.

People are not accountable for their actions anymore (it is always someone elses fault).


Dave O
December 21, 2012 / 06:52

Don't get me wrong, Gary. Video games might very well be a small part of a big puzzle, and this asshole had a choice to pack the console up. But Call of Duty, Black Ops, Grand Theft Auto, and Halo are a far cry from the Pac Man I grew up with. I'm amazed at how easy going parents are when their 5 year-olds pull out the Sony playstation after dinner at a restaurant, or while waiting in the stands for a sibling who's playing in a soccer game, and commence to blow the shit out of everything on the screen. I see it all the time. It's become the norm. That said, people ARE accountable for their actions, but people aren't held accountable for their actions. It's a small but important distinction. Set this in context against the new faith: nobody is allowed to lose anymore. Nobody is left behind. No more scores in sports, should a child feel inadequate. No more bullies.... but contrast this with no more defending yourself in the playground. It's nuts. We lose sight of what I think are the basic intrinsic family values we need to grow into compassionate members of society, all the while magically pushing this new model of what youth should be: more gentle and considerate, all of whom are winners. It's a juxtapositon. And it's royally messed up.


Jake
December 21, 2012 / 11:48

People in Toronto are more and more aggressive. Butting in, pushing, arrogant. You never know who is wacky and packing.
There's a gangster mentality out there amongst thugs who think they are tough but are just chicken shit punks. But dangerous punks.


Rick C in Oakville
December 21, 2012 / 20:07

@Jake: Couldn't agree more, even the white bread wealthy kids out in my neck of the woods seem to think they are from Compton, with their swagger etc.


Rick C in Oakville
December 22, 2012 / 11:48

Has the NRA totally lost their mind now? Suggesting every school should have armed security guards in the schools?

Unbelievable.


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