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Sunday, January 06, 2013

My right to bear Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles



Like many around the world, I am always astounded by the astonishing cultural paranoia that fuels Americans fetish for guns.

Can anyone take the NRA seriously by wanting to arm teachers? Their solution is MORE GUNS? If there was a walking advert for why mothers shouldn't drink during pregnancy, it's the bloody NRA.

Add fear of one another from a if-it-bleeds-it-leads crime porn mass media with the numbness and desensitization of ultra violent one person video games with an unresolved historical angst from slavery that causes a violent neurosis that demands weapons with a willfully ignorant misreading of the Constitutional rights of owning firearms with a domestic arms industry that has made about $3.5billion in annual domestic sales since the mid 1990's and you get this bizarre societal mutation for firearms that is driven by a deep seated and monetized cultural brain injury.

Americans are fucking crazy for guns. There are 311million Americans, there are 300million guns and every time there is a hint of gun regulation, the crazy bastards rush out and buy more of them.

Guns sales soar in America after every mass shooting because the vested corporate interests that see $3.5billion per year in new gun sales alone will always tweak the emotional raw nerves of Americans for maximum returns.

The profits from the domestic arm of the Military Industrial Complex have trapped America in an unending zombie nightmare they will never be allowed to wake from.

Freedom to own an assault rifle doesn't seem to be much of a freedom.

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15 Comments:

At 6/1/13 10:05 am, Blogger Nitrium said...

I get what you're saying, I really do. However you are wrong. Because the gun genie is long out of the bottle in the US and can't be put back, and BECAUSE there ALREADY are 300M guns, to restrict them now would be like putting a giant target on your head - since only criminals will have them (funny thing is criminals don't care about laws).
The hypocrisy of Obama simply astounds me. Have you ever seen the contingent of ARMED security around him? The 18 ARMED security personnel guarding his family (including AT SCHOOL)? Mayor Bloomberg (another anti-gun proponent) also has armed guards. So does Michael Moore (the anti-gun film maker of bowling for Columbine fame). Why is it that they can all have ARMED guards but the rest of population can not? Or is it that "self-defence" is ONLY for those who can afford armed security officers? Think about it. If you are assaulted by someone WITH a gun, what is the best course of action? Wait for the police to show up 10 mins later (if you're lucky) and stick you in a body bag?
Incidentally you can buy the Bushmaster rifle used in the Sandy Hook School shooting they want to ban in NZ on a bog standard gun A-Cat licence.
http://www.guncity.co.nz/223-bushmaster-ar15-a3-carbine-xidp212663.html
HUH you say???? That's right, yet we don't seem to have school shoot 'em ups here. Why is that you think?

 
At 6/1/13 2:25 pm, Blogger countryboy said...

Very witty ! Haha !

This is exactly what happens when corporate psychologists tinker with the minds of the unsuspecting . If NZ was ( is ? ) a State of the Union and we could purchase guns with ease suddenly there'd be running gun battles in the streets here . 4 Mil NZ'rs . 5 Mil guns . There'd be pistols for the fetus clipped on by the mid wife . Every Low-Pants gee gaw in the turbo Evo would have ten of them in the boot being rattled by the boom box .

I love the pic . Bear Arms ! Hahahaaa !

And I found this guy . New to me . An interesting old bugger he was .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Freire

He believed that poverty and a lack of an education led to societal destruction .

Aww . How quaint . I wonder if Hekia Parata has heard of him .

 
At 7/1/13 9:34 am, Blogger Nitrium said...

@countryboy
"If NZ was ( is ? ) a State of the Union and we could purchase guns with ease suddenly there'd be running gun battles in the streets here ."

Also very very wrong. I know this because YOU CAN buy ASSAULT RIFLES in NZ with ease, using a bog standard gun licence that is TRIVIAL to get (much, much, much less effort than a driver's licence and a LOT easier). Further there is to the best of my knowledge NO police (or otherwise) record of ANY guns purchased on said licence!
Check out the AR-15 Assault Rifles at http://www.guncity.co.nz/223-xidg28207.html
Only a handful of those require an E-Cat licence (that you can incidentally also use to purchase handguns IN NZ!).

If you really want to know why these shoot 'em ups are happening (including the worst of all time in Norway that has very strict gun laws) start sniffing around the HEALTH INDUSTRY, especially with regards to our society's treatment of mental issues (hint: drug companies).

 
At 7/1/13 10:51 am, Blogger f dx said...

'using a bog standard gun licence that is TRIVIAL to get (much, much, much less effort than a driver's licence and a LOT easier)'

ERRR no it's fucking not, it is very hard to get a gun licence in NZ unless you are are squeaky clean, near impossible if not.

 
At 7/1/13 12:36 pm, Blogger Nitrium said...

ERRR no it's fucking not, it is very hard to get a gun licence in NZ unless you are are squeaky clean, near impossible if not.
Yeah they don't hand them out to people with a criminal record. And they don't do that in US either BTW in the MANDATORY background check! So the point being?

 
At 7/1/13 1:04 pm, Blogger countryboy said...

Hey @ Nitrium . 
I was also thinking of that old per head of population ratio . Give us a bunch of cheap handguns , or at least the capability of buying a black market arsenal thus , arise the ' Boom Muthafucka ! '  mentality  then you'd see headlines ' NZ has highest gun crime ratio per head of population in the world . ' Just like some other crimes per head of pop stats here . 
And @ F dx is correct in saying that gun licenses are very , very difficult to obtain . The actual buying , operating and love making to a gun is a relatively simple business but the legal , police business end of it certainly isn't . 
Besides , gun crime , like most crimes are crimes of attitude . If you have a dodgy attitude , sooner or later you're going to just do it . You're going to do that crime . And criminals do care about laws . Criminals , generally do not like getting caught . They like the idea of getting completely away with their crimes which brings me to the greatest criminals off all and you'll love this ; 
They are those whom make the laws ! How's that for the perfect crime ? 
Basically , big scary guns give men with small penises erections . It's that primal . 
But why Judith Collins looks so lost in a moment of orgasmic ecstasy here is worrying . 

http://laudafinem.com/2012/12/30/the-real-face-of-nz-justice-david-bain-to-receive-compensation-yeah-right-part-ii/

 
At 7/1/13 1:11 pm, Blogger Frank said...

"Why is it that they can all have ARMED guards but the rest of population can not? "

Actually, Nitrium, I'm guessing there is nothing to stop people hiring armed guards to protect their family in a gun-crazy society.

If you have the money, that is.

But owning guns per se, will not stop a gun-crazy culture of violence. It simply perpetuates it, as does simplistic notions about protecting yourself again criminals.

Ironically, most gun-shot victims are other criminals (something I was reading on a FBI webpage) - not innocent peiole and their families.

If a criminal is really gouing to target you (which sounds like the paranoia that Bomber referred to), you'll be dead long before you get a chance to access your own armoury.

So why not ban cars, is the next simplistic proposition put about by gun-nuts.

Probably 'cos mass murderers don't drive their cars onto school grounds; along a hallway; into a classroom; and run over 26 kids and teachers.

Mean, in China, a mentally unhinged assailant attacked and wounded 23 school children with a knife. None were killed; http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/24/world/asia/china-school-knife-attack/index.html

This happened on the same day another lunatic shot and killed 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, USA.

Arguments against gun control aren't a solution - they are a surrender. The old "genie out of the bottle" argument that suggests we are all powerless in the face of "XYZ".

If that's the case, why bother to do anything?

Heck, we might as well not introduced stringest anti- drink/drive laws and campaigns in the 1970s...

"Yeah they don't hand them out to people with a criminal record. And they don't do that in US either BTW in the MANDATORY background check! So the point being?"

Guns are freely available for purchase at US gun "fairs". No back ground check required.

And the mother of the Sandy Hook school shooter was a law-abiding, squeaky clean citizen. Her son, (who had access to the weapons) was not quite so squeaky clean.

And with 300+ million firearms floating around the US, I'm guessing that crims can also access them fairly easily. Just burgle any old house when the homeowner is out. That's where most crims source the weapons from; law abiding citizens.

 
At 7/1/13 7:46 pm, Blogger Nitrium said...

@Frank
and run over 26 kids and teachers.

Realistically, you COULD do that when school goes out. Seriously. You could. Actually, I reckon you could easily top that Sandy Hook 26 dead figure with a car when the bell rings. I stand by my statement that lax gun laws are NOT the root cause, and trying to control guns in the US at this point is a total waste of time and resources.

Go check out how our "modern" Western societies treat the mentally ill. You'll soon discover that basically all (if not literally ALL) of these shooters were already in the system as diagnosed as clinically mentally ill. Instead of costly institutionalisation and/or proper psychiatric care, they were instead drugged up with big-pharma prescription anti-psychotics that have as possible side-effects: "can cause suicide and rage". You can't make this shit up.

 
At 7/1/13 8:30 pm, Blogger Procrastinator said...

I understand the point regarding armed guards, it does seem a tad hypocritical, being pro-gun control then employing the services of arms via proxy.

Attaining a NZ firearms license is difficult, last year I can remember a neighbour who failed to get one, even though he had a family, steady job and no criminal record, which seemed rather perplexing.

My father had a firearms license, used to hunt but a bit past it now, he didn’t renew it so sold his rifles. Getting a license was easier in the past whether it was firearms or motor, the same goes for purchasing firearms. The arms on sale were notable as well; most he brought from a store in Wellington in the 60’s and 70’s.

He had an interesting collection, Mauser K98, a Polish cavalry rifle and the semi-automatic version of the AK-47, amongst the standard shotgun, .202 and .303. Back in the late fifties he knew a guy who had a fully automatic Thompson, brought it from a general store.

In my opinion the only valid case for a civilian to own a firearm is unless you’re a hunter or farmer. I know on our farm they were useful, however now we just get the neighbour to do the tasks needed or homekill.

While I’m pro-gun control, you can create any law though someone is always going to see the opportunity in bypassing it and profiteering. It’s naive to think all firearms are purchased via legal channels, think about black market or even a buddy-buddy deal.

I suppose the US gun culture is a peculiar case.

If you’re a nation colonised by religious fundamentalists and then engaged in revolution, war, slavery, genocide and exploitation, many of which the US is still involved in internationally whether direct or indirect. A culture that venerates greed as success and an ideal to strive for, the “American dream”, I suppose this influences the ugly aspects of US culture.

My impression is Americans still live in a colonial era, a wild west, a dog eat dog free for all. There’s always a threat; the King of England, Indians, Mexicans, Muslims, each other. Everything is available for the taking.

I frankly can’t see anyone in the US with the courage to introduce stricter gun controls; the NRA, corporates, criminals and bizarre groups and characters seem to hold a lot of sway on the issue.

It’ll probably remain an American problem as long as there’s an USA.

Everyone better hope it doesn’t become anyone else’s problem. Look at the drug cartel problem in Mexico. The US is the drug market and arms superstore that provided a major role in the problem. Not to forget almost constant US warring around the globe. Misery enjoys company.

 
At 7/1/13 8:38 pm, Blogger Procrastinator said...

Frank, I read Nancy Lanza (mother of said shooter) was a gun enthusiast who owned at least a dozen firearms and often took the children to a shooting range.

She also had an apocalyptic belief trouble would spread from the financial crisis.

I’d say she had her role in the unfurling tragedy by providing a bad influence.

Beyond the facade she’s wasn’t that squeaking clean.

 
At 7/1/13 11:46 pm, Blogger recluse said...

Nitrium, ever known anyone prescribed drugs for “mental health”? It’s very concerning.

Often you’ll find many who have been on these drugs for a long period, just appear more distant from the person you once knew. They usually demonstrate more violent and impulsive behaviour, generally they become people you’re not keen to have in your company.

I believe the system is a big contributor of many of these folk’s problems. Usually you’ll find they’re down after hitting a rough patch in their lives, whether it’s a relationship, work, study or financial woes. When they seek help or some incidence happens, the response in many cases are drugs. For some, perhaps many, the start down a slippery slope.

I’m sure most of us have heard in the news the controversy surrounding GSK marketing drugs for purposes they weren’t intended, also pharmaceutical companies and allegations of kick-backs for those who prescribe these drugs.

How can anyone be excessively judgemental towards many folks going off the wall, when a system driven by greed is pushing ever more people through greater pressure? When they can’t keep up they’re stigmatised as something akin to lacking moral fibre.

With illicit drugs clogging the prison and legal system with people, due to their prohibitory status. Wouldn’t laws controlling these drugs and freeing up money for decent mental health care be better?

Creating a fairer system would be even better.

In my opinion witnessing the effect of those on “mental health medications”, they seem more destructive than those on illicit drugs.

What will be the result with more and more people prescribed anti-depressants? These to me are the gateway drugs prior the worst stuff that really screws you up. “Anti-psychotics”? What a misnomer.

 
At 8/1/13 7:24 pm, Blogger Nitrium said...

Nitrium, ever known anyone prescribed drugs for “mental health”? It’s very concerning.

My aunt is a schizophrenic: I know all about these drugs, and their effects and side-effects. It is very TROUBLING. The regularity per capita of violent gun crimes in the US (and abroad) has very much increased in tandem with how our societies are choosing to deal with the mentally ill. I appreciate that correlation is not causation, but the the facts that almost all (if not literally ALL) of the perpetrators of these massacres were diagnosed as mentally ill combined with the KNOWN side-effects of the psycho-active drugs they were prescribed can not be ignored.

And I stand by my statements that the gun-genie in the US cannot be put back in the bottle. I am not anti-gun control per se, but I simply can't see it being useful or fair in the case of the US. Too much history and too many guns already out in the wild.

 
At 8/1/13 10:09 pm, Blogger countryboy said...

And I read on Boingboing that studies show that violence and crime escalated after lead was introduced in to petrol in the USA .

http://boingboing.net/2013/01/03/leaded-gasoline-and-the-20th-c.html

I tried an anti depressant once . It was dreadful . I felt as though it hollowed me out and began to possess my mind . No , really ! Little did I know that all most need is some laughing , shagging and a wee holiday and to constantly tell oneself that life was far too important to take seriously .
I also believe that synthetic drugs only serve one purpose for 99% of the population who take them . To make money baby . I burned mine . I was buggered if I was going to put that toxic shit back to an Earth that didn't create it .

And guns schmuns .
What if the streets were littered with guns and bullets and nobody gave a shit because no one had ever considered using them to inflict pain and death on others . OK . Silly analogy but you get my drift .

The Land of Plenty has spawned a monster and that monster is the Neo Liberal libertine . A creature the Creature from the Black Lagoon hides in his Black Lagoon from . A seething mass of narcissistic egotists . A vast herd of sociopaths ! A grim tide of soulless , power hungry , image conscious , well paid , over-fed , arrogant , graceless , psychopathic monsters . Other than that , I like the average American person . They can't help it if they've become the product of the society within which they live any more than we can . ( Alexander Solzhenitsyn .
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/aleksandr_solzhenitsyn.html)

The gun has become the frisson in the underpants of the great unwashed American and I agree Nitrium . There's no going back . There's only annihilation . Charming thought is it not ?
If there is a God , now would be a great time to walk the walk on the fuckin' water Man ... !

 
At 12/1/13 10:23 am, Blogger Nitrium said...

@countryboy
Just read the prescribing information for the common anti-depressant Paxil:
http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_paxil.pdf
Pooled analyses of short-term placebo-controlled trials of antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and others) showed that these drugs increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-24) with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Short-term studies did not show an increase in the risk of suicidality with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults beyond age 24"

AND now for the smoking gun:

"The following symptoms, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants for major depressive disorder as well as for other indications, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric."

On the very first section it clearly states:

Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant
therapy should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening,
suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior.


How and by who how is this advice being carried. Hint: IT ISN'T.

 
At 14/1/13 7:23 pm, Blogger countryboy said...

@ Nitrium . You're right . There isn't .
You can go to a doctor and say you're anxious and consequently you're getting depressed . You don't sleep well and you feel as though one thing's building on another .

The doctor says try these ? A physicians Prozac sample pack ! How kind , was what I thought when the guy reached into a drawer and pulled out a large box of green and yellow capsules ?

A different doctor once told me to be careful though . ' SSRI's are tricky wee beasties ' . They can make you motivated BEFORE They make you happy so you can be motivated to kill yourself before the mythical joy of being chemically lobotomized to turn one into a good citizen , employee and unquestioning slave to Corporate Masters . But don't smoke pot to help you cope with your shitty , poorly paid job or your shitty , price gouged life though .

Seen a film called THX 1138 ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/THX_1138

I never took them . Instead I poked them around in my medicine cabinet for years and eventually threw them out .

I did however take the physicians Viagara sample and it put a bigger smile on my face than any SSRI's ever could .

I have no doubt at all that SSRI's are a major cause of social dis-ease .

A friend of mine discovered during studies that Christchurch had three times the prescription rate for SSRI's of the national average per capita . The lowest ratio was in Invercargill . I wonder how that's reflected in crime rates per capita ?

And here's my tip for the day . If you want to feel fabulous try Ashwagandha or withania Somnifera .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withania_somnifera

Give it a month and see how you feel .

And remember ; ' Life is for too important to take seriously . ' Thanks Oscar Wilde .

 

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