‘We cannot wait till the world is sane’

‘We cannot wait till the world is sane’ December 18, 2012

“I’m not scared of the world ending. I’m scared of people who think the world’s ending.”

Gun-rights absolutists thrive on the paranoia they engender, and the rest of us eventually pay the price for it.”

“What pisses me off most about all of the vigilante-hero fantasizing gun nuts is that their limited view of heroism involves [only] killing a bad guy. If you want to be a hero, there are plenty of ways to step up and be one every day. Unless your fantasy isn’t about heroism at all, just killing.”

“Last time we visited with her in person we talked about prepping and you know, are you ready for what can happen down the line when the economy collapses.”

“You say things like this, because in some ugly part of your brain you want to see yourself fighting the globalist army after the collapse of our country. And you have that particular dream because you’re old and white, and you’re afraid of the way this country is changing.”

An aberrant variety of pathological White Masculinity, as embodied by mass gun murders such as Adam Lanza and John Holmes, is killing people — the vast majority of whom are white.”

“As a white male, he is characterized as a disturbed individual, wholly distinct from the race and culture to which he belongs.”

“Yet, because the the perpetrators in question in these shootings are white men and not ethnic or religious minorities, nobody is talking about demographic profiling them as a group. The discussion, instead, revolves around everything from gun control, to mental health services, to violence in entertainment – everything, that is, except trying to understand why the composite of these killers is so similar across so many different massacres.”

The gender identity of the shooter and the gender identity of the victims — underlie why policy solutions should include greater examination of gender, men’s relationship to women and to each other.”

“To state the obvious, there is something more than self-defense at work here.”

“There is an interesting psychology at work here. Nancy Lanza, the mother of mass murderer Adam Lanza, was a gun collector who kept arms so that she might be ‘prepared for the worst.’ But Nancy Lanza’s weapons did not prepare her to defend against the worst, they prepared her to be destroyed by the worst — along with her neighbors and several small children. Pratt’s answer is not to question the preparation which killed Nancy Lanza, but to duplicate it ad infinitum.”

Pakistani children light candles Sunday in Karachi, Pakistan. (Arshad/Zuma Press photo snitched from Talking Points Memo)

“We guarantee that crazed man after crazed man will have a flood of killing power readily supplied him. We have to make that offering, out of devotion to our Moloch, our god.”

“I came to realize that, in essence, this is the way we in America want things to be.”

“Don’t fool yourself, something truly terrible could arise out of this, gun owners are going to double down with all their fury in the coming months. It’s going to be ugly.”

“We can no longer hide behind the convenient fiction that guns are an urban problem.”

“The NRA, which everyone thinks owns the gun control issue in America, isn’t anywhere near as powerful as people think it is.”

“Of the some 3000 persons killed by US drones, something like 600 have been innocent noncombatant bystanders, and of these 176 were children.”

Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

The title of this post comes from Madeleine L’Engle’s Advent poem “First Coming,” posted yesterday by Susan Russell.

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  • That kind of action-hero thinking is more than a little disturbing. :O

    They live in movies, because only in movies are their simple-minded solutions to complicated problems even remotely viable. 

    When Gohmert describes his breathless fantasy of the school principal lunging under her desk to grab her M4 carbine/assault rifle before charging out into the hallway to face down Lanza in an epic battle for the safety of her school, he’s not talking public policy, he’s channeling Quentin Tarantino (or maybe Lee Ratner). 

    When Allen talks about a 12-year old boy charging into a hail of death to take down an invading gunman, she’s not talking public policy — she’s talking about Luke Skywalker nimbly dodging Imperial Stormtrooper missiles using his magical Force powers. 

  • 1. I am surprised P.E. gets cut considering how it ~Builds Character~ and all that.

    2. From what you’re saying, the people decrying the sudden “feminization” of the society they live in are purposely ignoring the fact that they have been too cheap to vote for property tax increases which would fund the missing P.E. programs they say would mean a big burly strong man would be around to teach their little darlings how to act like good little gender-essentialist boys and girls.

    This chain of logic is starting to resemble an Escher painting to me. My head hurts now.

  • Lunch Meat

    I’ve seen plenty of people complaining about the youth culture we have
    that is so self-centered, raised on a steady unending diet of praise
    that when they are faced with a place where they aren’t praised they
    fall apart.  I can see the crushing blow of that causing serious issues.

    As a recent youth, I am so sick of this meme.

  • EllieMurasaki


    Also it only applies (if it applies at all) to a certain subset of the population, and people talk as though it applies to everyone. ‘Cause brown kids, girl kids, queer kids, kids who don’t identify wholly and completely with their assigned-at-birth gender, kids with disabilities, poor kids, insufficiently social kids, kids with shitty home lives, and kids who look like they might fall into any of those categories regardless of whether they actually do? It is difficult to be a kid in any of those categories for any length of time and come away with the impression that the world exists to build you up instead of breaking you down.

  • ProfWombat

    The action heroes only make sense in the worlds they’re in, which are every bit as fantastic as the protagonist him/herself:  absolute good, absolute evil, easily distinguished in the blink of an eye and a flash of a muzzle, where physical violence has a simple, crystal clear origin and physical violence the righteous and inevitable solution.

    I’d suggest the worlds of the action hero are more dangerous culturally than the heroes themselves:  they predispose us to view reality that way.  That’s not just a mistake, but a catastrophe.  Over and over and over again.

  • 1. I am surprised P.E. gets cut considering how it ~Builds Character~ and all that.

    Again, maybe 30 years ago, or maybe in the movies, that’s true, but today, PE, art, health and music are just line items on a budget.

    This chain of logic is starting to resemble an Escher painting to me. My head hurts now.

    Property tax increases are an implausible solution at best because of all those carefully drawn school districts, where all of the poor households are carefully hemmed into neighborhoods where property values are rock bottom. 

    Factor in the wave of foreclosures, skyrocketing unemployment, and there’s not a lot of wiggle room on tax increases of any kind. Tax increases may be needed in general, but the odds of being able to squeeze even more dollars out of people struggling to keep their heads above water to fund education — or anything else, really — which is why so many localities are in trouble in more ways than one.

    (The wealthier, mostly suburban and usually whiter areas, can afford these programs and can afford to pay more property taxes mostly have things well in hand. They are more focused on aggressively making sure that kids from outside of their communities aren’t enrolled in their schools — that is, handing out prison sentences to mothers who try to sneak their kids out of underperforming public schools and into successful public schools.) 

    I think you have a funny impression of the state of public education in the United States. It was likely much more accurate when most of us were younger, but it’s no longer accurate today. 

  • ProfWombat

    Charity:  PE, art, health and music are also subjects not subject to high-stakes testing, and, therefore, irrelevant to the ‘No Child Left Untested’ world of education these days…

  • Maybe the real problem is that you all are in denial about the real effects of gun control. Over that last 15 years tighter gun control has led to more gun crime in the UK and loser gun regulations in the US have led to reduced gun violence in the US. Maybe it is easier to engage in Racist and Sexist talk about White Men that to deal with the facts.

  • EllieMurasaki

    [citation needed]

    And while you’re providing sources for the numbers that say gun violence has dropped in the US and increased in the UK coincident with relaxing US gun restrictions and tightening UK ones, explain why Australia, which doesn’t allow civilians any guns at all without a really good reason (needing to shoot farmland pests counts, so does target shooting under certain conditions; self-defense doesn’t), has had gun violence drop since it took away all the civilian guns when its population had had it with gun massacres.