Good thing we have ultra liberal gun laws so that criminals will never run out of guns.
Criminals who use guns, use guns because guns give them a power that should only be long to God. That’s the power over life and death. It makes them feel invinsible and godlike. They get their jollies off killing people. When the Hunter is no longer getting a thrill killing deer, they start going after “big game” like lions and tigers and bears. Oh my! Well, what happens when that thrill is gone? People are next up on the list! We make movies about it all the time. There is no Mystique about men and their guns and their targets. Maybe this is all too convoluted. In this country they just skip to the chase. Most criminals start out making their bones at an early age. The thrill of it all! To be jaded by 12 years old! And of course we have entertainment that is so bloody that there is no shock value in the worst most horrendous scenes depicted on the big screen. We have a society that drenches our youngsters in violence. And then we are surprised when young or old white or black men take out their semi-automatics and go on a killing spree! Because in our society violence solves all of their problems!
How many of the mass murderers were criminals before their shooting spree? This doesn’t seem particularly relevant to this week’s events. In case you missed it, a 5 year killed himself in a Florida parking lot with a relative’s gun that he found in the car Monday or Tuesday.
Being gunned down by the hundreds is the price you must pay so that I feel safe.
War has become commonplace, and life has been so cheapened by the daily dose of deadly violence, not only in movies and games, but in reality – that even the terrible novelty of murder has been surpassed by MASS murder – and now the death toll has to rise above the previous body count to get noticed. Despite the lip service of “thoughts and prayers”, this has become a modern ghoulish “entertainment”. Remember the serial killer trading cards???
Indeed it does have to rise above the last to be noticed now. Multiple murder is the bulk of our murders now, at least in Memphis. Some character gets angry and half a dozen are shot. 1 killed, 3 injured on the 30th, 4 injured on the 26th, 1 killed, five injured on the 13th – just in Memphis. The news is fond of saying we have a murder a day, well, there’s 14 killed or wounded just last month in one city in shootings where more than four besides the shooter were hit by gunfire.
30 years ago, this would have been outrageous. Now it is just normal. And presenting it as “normal” means more people will do it.
Tim, take a look at how many deaths there are by guns with suicides and accidents. Many of the guns used by criminals started out legally and straw buyers purchase for criminals all the time. The NRA has done everything they can to tie the hands of law enforcement by blocking the CDC from being able to get detailed specifics about gun deaths (had Congress cutoff funding) and limiting gun shop inspections.
False Equivalence Cartoon…
Everything he owned, the +40 guns, the ammo, the High Capacity Magazines, the Bump Stock that allows a semi-auto to fire at full auto speeds was all LEGAL!
In his car in the parking lot, he had “Ammonium nitrate (which) is harmless on its own, and stable to store. But when combined with other chemicals, in recipes easily accessible on the internet, it can be made into a highly effective bomb. The attackers in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings that killed almost 200 people used an ammonium-nitrate-powered bomb.”
What’s the point in having any laws at all, then? And if people with guns feel free to break the law, as you suggest, wouldn’t it be wise to keep guns out of their hands in the first place?
Just what is Campbell’s point here?
The blurb is right. Mr. Campbell shows Hoosier Values: an obtuse refusal to learn.
fusilier, in Indianapolis
Tim, do you own a gun store in Indiana? That is where most of the guns that end up in Chicago come from.
We better stop worrying about the Muslim extremists as start worrying about our domestic terrorists.