Okay, that title should be obvious, but hear me out. I thought about this when I was waking up this morning.
When we were kids playing at the pool we would “dunk” each other. Some bigger kid would sneak up on you and push your head underwater. Then they’d let you up. Very funny, simulated attempted murder. The smaller kid couldn’t really fight back because the bigger one would just escalate it until they got kicked out, then they’d blame the smaller one. This behavior continues well in to adulthood. Anyway, part of the “game” was the big kid would say, “don’t struggle, then I’ll stop”. It’s good advice because struggling wastes oxygen. Of course, you are being tortured, so struggling is kind of natural. That’s part of the game.
Gun rights people do the same thing. They say they will lock up their guns, they won’t shoot children, they won’t get angry and use them, they won’t use them while they are drunk, they say they will be responsible. They know they can restrict themselves and how they use their guns, THEREFORE, they should be free to do whatever they want. But if you try to restrict that freedom, then they have the right to start a war against the very government that protects those freedoms. Never mind that there are irresponsible people in the world who will abuse their freedoms. We shouldn’t make laws to identify those people or help them or limit their freedoms due to their inability to be responsible, instead, we should give more individual freedoms and let individuals decide who should be shot or not.
There is little difference between libertarianism and anarchism, which is why having the kind of libertarian gun policies in America as imposed by the very powerful gun industry using the NRA as a shield results in greater and greater anarchy in America.
Of course they don’t want effective laws and gun control that will lower the level of gun violence and anarchy in America, then they will only be able to sell a small fraction of the guns they do a year.
The myth is the US is run on laws as codified in the Constitution. The reality is that America is run by the businesses with the most money who buy all three branches of government and enact policy that guarantees corporations have all the control.
CEOs run America and research indicates that there is a far higher incidence of psychopaths at that position than in the general population.
An Australian study has found that about one in five corporate executives are psychopaths – roughly the same rate as among prisoners.
The study of 261 senior professionals in the United States found that 21 per cent had clinically significant levels of psychopathic traits. The rate of psychopathy in the general population is about one in a hundred.
Nathan Brooks, a forensic psychologist who conducted the study, said the findings suggested that businesses should improve their recruitment screening.
About 1 in a 100 people are psychopaths in the general population, about 1 in 5 CEOs are psychopaths.
This is why official policy seems more and more psychopathic because it is. As money from massive corporations starts to dominate who is elected to office, their policies reflect the wishes of psychopaths, not normal stable people.
And after a couple of psychopaths the Koch brothers funded an attack on any controls of campaign “donations”, psychopaths can pay front men as much as they want to take over government policy.
It’s called disaster capitalism for a reason, psychopaths don’t give a shit about human life and see disaster as a way to greater and greater power. They also get e thrill from the suffering of others.
Nothing is being done about all the gun deaths in America because they provide entertainment for the psychopaths who are really running the country and at the same time making them more and more wealthy.