In civics, ideology, morality, philosophy, politics, psychology/psychiatry, sociology on December 17, 2012 at 6:04 am

second_amendment_by_roscoso-d5ofa7xThe chief of police stands there looking and speaking authoritatively — a cowboy hat in Connecticut? What is he trying to prove? He reassures us that the force will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this, forensics, good solid police work, the perpetrator’s motive, and the rest… You expect him to call for a posse, head him off at the pass, and hang this varmint from the highest limb, or maybe deal out Colt .45 justice. Oh, that’s right, consarn it…

We already know who dunnit. It’s the varmint holding the gun, leading to him a trail of blood from 20 kids and six teachers. And we know as sure as shootin’, just as we know from all the other massacres (was Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Kansas the model?) THERE IS NO VALID MOTIVE… Aside from, the guns were there, my mommy/daddy taught me how to use them, they’re designed for killing humans, so I did, when I was in a bad mood, because I could.

Yes, there were warning signs — the guy was “strange” from a young age, and lately his mommy, a gun nut (but a nice lady — aren’t they always?) who taught him how to fire guns, found him increasingly difficult to handle. Left to her own devices with a strange, picked-on kid, did she unconsciously hope that he could ‘defend’ himself with her own personal arsenal? These are anti-PERSONNEL weapons, not hunting equipment (psycho as that is in itself).

The president says he’s going to do all he can to prevent this ever happening again. I don’t suppose he meant these as futile words, but we all know one man can’t stand against an entire nation bent on abusing firepower and defying their own Constitution when they do so outside of an official “militia” context. But the perp had studied American history and philosophy, so found his justification for such a ‘solution’ quite easily.

So I guess we’ll all go on wanking with fine words until the next one happens. Then the same Christian right will come forward mouthing sorrowful platitudes and with the next breath insisting on their right to have the power to kill people on a whim.

  1. Gary, I agree with you but there is more to it. You are more likely to get sent to jail in the USA if your suffering from a mental illness. As one of the few developed nations with an aversion to social and health reforms because they would be seen as anti american and counter to the user pays selfishness.
    American Society is at the root cause of why the USA has so many problems with its domestic and foreign image. Since 9/11 its been exacerbated by the homeland policies and the willingness to let the government escalate the phoney wars the USA is involved in, i.e. drone attacks etc.
    Crime in the USA is 27 times that of NZ. On just about every statistic of negative subject matter the USA comes out top. I also realise that the USA has lots of good statistics but on the overall score card its in deep trouble. If the USA was a single individual i’m sure there would be a case for commitment for mental illness in order to protect the individual from harming them self or others.
    Most comments from USA news, politician, educators and other sources lead me to believe that the average person in the USA is badly informed and lacking any real world view. They are left with ‘America’ with us or agin us, a idea entrenched in all nationalistic societies.


  2. Hi Peter — Just to get this discussion over so it doesn’t interrupt Xmas dinner, I’ll answer here as fully as I can given that the time here in Auckland is 11.15pm on a Monday night and I’ve got a big day tomorrow.

    As a critic I try to judge each event and each issue separately, not lump countries by statistics. I see the difference between NZ and US as ones of quantity on a continuum, not qualitative.

    I appreciate your loyalty to New Zealand, yet for a small country with not many inherent problems — vast resources shared among a small population — NZ society contrives to develop very serious problems for itself. As you say, the US has some favorable statistics and I’ll reel off a few NZ or US to balance the picture: NZ child poverty at 20%, forever crippling the futures of countless children in a country where there is plenty to share around; unemployment within about 1% of the US rate, 7.5 to 8.5% — and would be a lot higher if not for the rupture of tens of thousands of workers to Australia. Which brings me to another point: Previously NZ and Australia were pretty much on a par economically, whereas recently Australia has been reported to have a standard of living a massive 60% above that of NZ.

    There certainly is a difference of viewpoint between the societies regarding importance of general knowledge about other countries. NZ being small and remote has always looked overseas to see what the “real world” is like. Whereas the US has for the past century been pretty much the center of the universe, therefore no need to look outside for a great many people living everyday lives. But this also means Americans and NZers have a great deal in common. Americans, focused on their own, always question first what is wrong with their country, and NZers always question what is wrong with America too — rather than looking at their own country. I find this the rule rather than the exception among my acquaintances over the past 50 years or so.

    I heard the other day that New York City, a jurisdiction of 8 million people, has just 366 murders this year, the lowest since 1960. Statistically this equates to around 60 to 70 a year in Auckland, a total not out of the question for this city — not much more than one a week. The mayor of New York, Blumberg, is anti-handgun of course — which means this progress could be made across the States if there was a will to do it incrementally.

    Last of all, don’t worry, I’m semi-retiring to Hawaii, which has a homicide rate less than that of Auckland — I’ve made close checks.


    • Oh, a couple more NZ statistics that I forgot. 1) New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate of all the OECD countries. 2) Related to child poverty and inability of parents to pay for adequate treatment (because they’re not insured like 85% of Americans are), diseases that were iradicated in the Western World generations ago have made a return — physicians visiting from overseas can’t believe the wanton neglect of a health system that has allowed this.


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