What a horribly inappropriate title for a blog post. On a day such as it is… Please bear with me.
It’s true – I love guns. I also fear them immensely.
I’ve had the opportunity to ‘play’ with some guns at various junctures – L1A1, M-9, M-16, M-60, Steyr AUG (F88), blah, blah, blah.
They are all marvellous devices. Machining and engineering marvels. Devastatingly efficient at what they were built to do. An adrenaline buzz to hold and strip and clean and re-assemble. And an unrivalled adrenaline super-rush to shoot.
But they shouldn’t really even have to exist, for the most part. Given what they can so easily do.
And something is very wrong, seemingly, from afar and through many filters and different lenses, with the psyche around guns in the USA.
Almost as though the birth process of what it is today has re-routed the synapses of a nation, or powerful entrenched parts thereof. Almost as though establishing and building a nation on the back of so much gunnery and normalised violence for two and a half centuries or more has blinded people to the imminent and very real threat of parts of people being exploded by high-velocity brass-jacketed lead at any given time and place.
The ‘problem’ over there on yonder side of the Pacific is unlikely to go away any time soon, especially as we all ramble toward some kind of new insanely detached format of perpetual global war on slightly-browner people in countries they don’t deserve to own anymore.
What to do about the ‘problem’ is something that the good people of the USA will need to determine. But that would seem almost insurmountable, with a deeply-infused militaristic component of society and the associated celebrations of foundational gun-fights, and celebrity-status serial killers and gangsters.
Maybe Civil War 2 is all that might change things…
Until then the rest of the world gets to watch with bemused shock at every new demonstration of disaffected ‘freedom’.
If I could throw one morsel of advice, it would be this: The Wild West is for encyclopedias, wikipedias, movies, shows, and theme parks. Or, if y’all want to bear arms, then use them in anger against your real enemies, foreign and domestic. Be the beacon of freedom, liberty, justice, peace, and progress that you were marketed as, America.
Wishful thinking, I know.
Yours in disbelief that so much innocent blood continues to be shed in the Land of the Free for such bullshit reasons, defended and excused by ‘people’ with no respect for life,