‘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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