Posted 8 years ago on July 23, 2012, 1:17 p.m. EST by ZenDogTroll
from South Burlington, VT
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In the wake of the most recent incident of mass murder in the early minutes of Friday last, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, proponents of reasonable gun legislation have again taken up the issue, even as the President remains aloof to the topic.
Meanwhile, the NRA launched its All In campaign as early as April 13, in time for their annual convention, held in Missouri. A significant portion of this campaign includes paid for television programming, featuring the likes of John Bolton, who dwells at length in a morass of paranoid ranting over the U.N. arms treaty; and so demonstrating without shame or remorse the concept and legitimization of paranoia as a virtue, illustrating with stark clarity that paranoia has value to some as a means to political ends.
Let us be be clear: The entire issue of gun legislation is but a distraction, and rants against the U.N. in this instance serve only the interests of gun manufacturers .
Timothy McVeigh killed a great many more people than were killed in this latest incident, and he did not use a firearm.
Jet Blue captain Clayton Osbon, who had a meltdown while in mid flight, had in his hands the capacity to kill a great many more people than were killed in Colorado.
What is more, I could demonstrate how to make someone who is otherwise perfectly normal, highly functional and productive in our society, have exactly this kind of meltdown.
It would involve a variety of criminal behavior, to include stalking. We all know how difficult it can be to hold someone accountable for stalking, unless the stalker crosses the line and actually commits violence - and even then, our Judicial system may prove less than effective at preventing further violence at the hands of the stalker.
More restrictive gun laws will do nothing to change this reality. What is worse, when a process of stalking does have the result of creating a meltdown in an individual such as that experienced by Clayton Osbon, it is always the victim who is blamed.
This is no different than to say a woman who dresses a certain way is responsible for acts of rape committed against her person. This is to say the sex offender is innocent, the victim guilty. We would not consider such a state of affairs within our legal system today as either reasonable or just as it pertains to the issue of rape.
Yet every time someone has a meltdown, it is always the individual's responsibility - never have we seen an examination as to potential sociological cause, even though the process itself is highly predictable in terms of outcome.
"The court finds, based on the psychological evaluation and testimony of Dr. Robert Johnson, that the defendant suffered from a severe mental disease or defect that impaired his ability to appreciate the nature, quality, or wrongfulness of his behavior at the time of his offense," Robinson wrote in her verdict.
If what I suggest is true, then Dr. Robert Johnson has committed perjury in a court of law, and this will have consequence that will be borne by the people of this nation.
More restrictive gun laws have no bearing on the matter.
And what does it mean, if indeed Dr. Robert Johnson has committed perjury in a court of law?
What does it mean if basic psychological principles have been used to drive a man to such a state that his aspect and behavior present itself as mad?
Will we seriously hand such individuals over to the psychological industry for healing in such an event? The same industry which has now demonstrated a propensity to violate our judicial code as it maintains a shroud of silence and secrecy around this entire topic?
- the answer is yes, we have and we shall, and this is little different than to place the victim into the hands of their tormentor.
And worse - for not only will we place the victim into the hands of their tormentor, we will make our entire system of Justice complicit in this most heinous and criminal act.
With this complicity comes corruption, comes subversion; and so long as the silence surrounding this entire process is maintained, so long as the victim remains in a state where no redress of wrongs done is possible, the entire nation sits confounded, utterly foiled in its commitment to the preservation of liberty, and of justice.
Among the shadows of this silence subversion and corruption of all we hold dear remains utterly certain.
Faced with such absolute certainty, better is it to leave the public undisturbed over their right to bear arms, in the pitiful hope that should that day present itself when it is undeniable to all that this nation has indeed descended into such a state of fascism that no political solution remains, perhaps the children of the Light of Liberty may rise up and throw off by violence what we have not yet thrown off by reason.
- D. Winter