Since Sandy Hook, the news media has been all over every story from around America about crazed gunmen settling scores, real or imagined.
I’ve been particularly fascinated by the Dorner Manhunt. The ironies of the LAPD having one of its former officers go Rambo over false excessive force complaints and then using excessive deadly force against unarmed civilians in the course of hunting down said former officer is almost too much too bear. It would all be funny if not for the fact that three people have have already died and the likelihood is that it’s going to end even worse.
Schoolchildren get mowed down even in schools designed as fortresses; a neighborhood watchman awaits trial for shooting an unarmed juvenile; thousands of cops take to the streets on twin missions to find one of their own gone bad as others hunker down and protect their own in their homes (a service they do not offer to domestic violence victims or other threatened civilians). Who is protecting us, from whom are we being protected, and what with?
For my part, I don’t see guns as either a cause or cure for our societal troubles. I think we’re just a twisted and sick society that needs–and deserves–a complete shake-up. The sensationalism of all of these most recent rampages is just a bit more evidence of it.
Anyway, despite my tired nihilism, I want to escape it all in a healthier way than fortifying my arsenal or calling for the elimination of basic Constitutional rights. Let’s lock and load with:
1. Guns: Really obvious, right?
2. Stand Your Ground: Rights…and wrongs.
3. Ban Everything: We’re clearly too stupid and crazy to control ourselves, armed or not.
4. Give LaPierre Some Cover: Acts of violence committed with things other than firearms.
5. High capacity magazines: Spam the thread with multiple songs by one artist or something. RTFLC shall not infringe.
Depraved Indifference to Humanity Bonus: Shock me if you can. I have a few rounds chambered already.
Dedicated to all peacekeepers and postal employees with their long, rambling manifestos.
Santino: The Rifle’s Spiral by The Shins
FPrefect: Gunman by Them Crooked Vultures
pfluffy: Big Man with a Gun by NIN
WVR: Culling of the Fold by The Decemberists
Iconoclast: The Weapon by Rush
Biggie G: Alive or Dead by Middle Class Rut
CM: When Jokers Attack by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Mississippi Yankee: So Far From Your Weapon by The Dead Weather