I have been giving this gun business a lot of thought. Initially, for me anyway, it was a bit curious to see people flocking to gun dealers to purchase guns after crazy people commit mass murders. I didn’t understand why people thought that having more guns would result in less people being killed with guns. I didn’t understand why everyone didn’t see what I saw. I saw a country with an embarrassingly absurd rate of gun deaths and an outrageously ridiculous rate of gun ownership and put the two together. It was puzzling to me why everyone else didn’t do the same. It took a while for me to understand that I was the one who didn’t get it. I was the one who didn’t understand.
I would like to predict that there will be no new restrictive gun laws.
America’s slipping position in the pecking order of nations combined with our misguided decision to shield our children from the horrors of academic competitiveness in our public schools, in an attempt to reduce stress, has damaged us culturally, psychologically and economically. As Dr. Hans Selye, the pioneering scientist who almost single-handedly put stress on the map stated… “Stress IS NOT something to be avoided… Complete freedom from stress is death.” In our foolish attempt to provide our children and, in many ways ourselves, with a stress free life we have destroyed our ability to thrive. Without striving to achieve we cannot and DO NOT exercise control over our lives. There is nothing more damaging to living organisms than a lack of control over their lives.
So, what do rats locked in cages do when they are deprived of control over their lives? First of all they panic. Next they go through disturbing changes in the way they see the world and their ability to learn new things almost disappears. The ability to focus clearly on the facts around them decreases. To protect themselves against the pain of the fear that comes with loss of control they generate the internal anesthetic endorphin. Like morphine, its artificial equivalent, endorphin makes reality disappear and soothes by blinding the senses. Relief is found by closing our eyes to the world around us. Over time numerous degenerative diseases, neurological and psychological disturbances manifest themselves.
Does any of this sound familiar?
It damn well should. So, here is the deal. If you perceive that you have a reasonable degree of control over your life you have no need or desire to “protect” yourself with an arsenal of firearms. If you consciously, or subconsciously, understand that you exercise little or no control over your life you will act as I indicated above and in panic mode run down to the gun store for another gun and more ammunition in response to hearing that someone else has been shot.
So why do I predict that there will be NO new restrictive gun laws?
Come on! Do the fucking math. Are there more americans who feel they have control over their lives, or, are there more who know damn well that they don’t?