I WROTE THE FOLLOWING IN RESPONSE TO A FACEBOOK POST ABOUT ANOTHER CALLTO CHANGEGUN CONTROL LAWS FOLLOWING THE ON-AIR MURDER OF TWO TELEVISION PERSONNEL. . THIS IS A HIGHLY PERSONAL REACTION AND I APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE IF I OFFEND ANY CURRENT READERS OR FANS OF MY WORK. BUT, IF YOU’RE READING MY WORK, YOU MGHT BE INTERESTED IN MY WORLD VIEW.
I’ve often wondered – in the case of the news people shootings – how you can stop a man with no criminal record, no record of psychiatric problems, and a man who had planned the murders with great care and would probably not have been deterred by a week or a month waiting period – from getting a legal weapon. Or a perfectly law abiding guy who;’s lost his family and been fired from snappng and going into his former workplace and shooting it up. Don’t allow anyone recently fired or divorced from buying legal weapons?How do you prevent a white racist who hates blacks but has no criminal record and is not a member of a hate group or stupid enough to advertise his intentions onFacebook, from buying a legal weapon and shooting blacks.How do you stop a black racist who hates whites – and there are a few in 300 million people – from doing the same thing with whites as the targets.There’s really only one answer but bereaved relatives can’t think that far ahead and politicans don’t have the balls to tell the truth. You confiscate ALL GUNS, handguns and rifles and shotguns. You halt sales of weapons and ammunition. But there are hundreds of millions of weapons already in private hands and it’s not impossible for would-be murderers to get these weapons. So to make the country safe, you must remove these weapons. Make it a first class felony to possess private firearms. Some people will turn in weapons, but a lot won’t. Another mass murder, the killing of innocent children, and the cry will go up that those hoarders of firearms are criminals. The cry will go up to find these hidden weapons. But we’ve already done that before. Anybody heard of Prohibition? The experiment proved that you cannot prevent people from doing what they want to do by the use of police power and criminal prosecution. And any attempt to make possession of weapons a criminal offense will have the same result as Prohibition – to turn millions of law abiding citizens into criminals who lose respect for the law in general. Talk to millions of Boomers and Millenials about their views of the current drug laws. The hard truth is that there is no way to prevent senseless murders and slaughters. You can mourn the dead, but you can’t save them. Guns – for hunting and Friday night shootouts – are part of the fabric of our nation. Go back 400 years and check the history books. We are a violent people and we always have been. In a lot of countries a powerful government could impose a new way of thinking and change attitudes. Killing people who disagree is a perfectly wonderul way of imposing a new social order. But it doesn’t work when citizens can shoot back. SORRY TO EXPLODE, BUT THEPATTERN NEVER CHANGES. A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW THERE WILL BE MASSACRES,AND CALLS TO “DO SOMETHING.” aND NOTHING SIFNIFICANT WILL EVER BE DONE!
AND A FOLLOWUP TO THOSE THOUGHTS:
I remain a pessimist about changing the nation’s gun culture, although I do realize that social engineering can work.
Driving drunk use to be a humorous topic until Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MAD) transformed the nations attitude and turned a matter for jokes into a deadly serious criminal affair.
Smoking was an integral part of the nation’s culture, entertainment and a rite of passage for young men and women. It has become a disgusting addiction frowned on by all elements of society. But I’ll add that smoking has not been stamped out, it’s flourishing around the world, and it remains an underground part of our cuture today.
Black white relations have changed unbelievably in 50 years. As a young boy I remember when there were separate black and white entrances to stores in Palatka, Florida, there were separate black and white high schools, black men going out with white women if not a lynching matter was still something to look askance at.
It’s not even necessary to comment on the sea change that has occurred in attitudes about homosexual and alternate life styles. It’s been pushed by the media but there is no doubt there’s been a genuine revolution in attitudes among millenials and younger Americans.
But even granting that some attitudes can be changed, some things can’t. You cannot educate violence out of human nature, you can’t transform males into women with different plumbing. Men are men and women are women and there are basic immutable differences.
Which is why writing about relationships between men and women is so fascinating.