Skip to comments.America's Love Affair With Firearms Is National Insanity (Big Baaaarf)
Posted on 04/06/2012 10:28:50 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
It has been 46 years -- nearly a half-century -- since Charles Whitman, a troubled ex-Marine, climbed atop the iconic University of Texas Tower to use it as a staging zone for a shooting spree. He killed 16 people on and around the campus, including his wife and mother.
The nation, while sobered by a second World War and stunned by escalating political turmoil, was still naive in many ways back then -- halfway through a violent decade that would rend the political and social fabric. The youthful president, John F. Kennedy, had been assassinated just three years before. It's no surprise that Whitman's massacre horrified Americans from coast to coast.
But in the years since, we've adjusted too well to the armed madmen in our midst. A massacre on a college campus barely garners notice outside its immediate locale. Last week, when disgruntled ex-student One Goh allegedly opened fire in a classroom of Oakland's tiny Oikos University, killing seven and wounding three others, the news drew low-key coverage outside California. After all, it was just the latest of several campus shootings so far this year.
And Whitman seems an amateur by current standards of senseless carnage. In 2007, Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded 25 at Virginia Tech. By then, of course, the 1999 Colombine High School massacre, during which Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 before committing suicide, had long since faded from the news.
Cho came from an immigrant family, but his massacre suggests how thoroughly American he was. (The same is true of Goh, if he is, as suspected, the perpetrator.) Other countries have generated a few homicidal lunatics, but murderous frenzies by gun-toting maniacs are a particularly American form of madness.
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Yo, Cindy. All of the examples of gun violence you cite occured in places where law abiding citizens were forbiden to carry their own firearm.
Profesional Black Commie wants to disarm all citizens.
Sun rises in East this AM.
I wondered what hole she crawled into after she left the Atlanta Journal Constitution. We never see the end of these people, do we?
Once a racist commie, always a racist commie, Cynthia.
What else would you expect from the Atlanta Urinal (mouthed)-Prostitution (for Dems).
She might want to Google Castle Rock vs Gonzales.
Care to show us all of the stories where those things happen?
Her living is proof gun owners have great restraint.
This is just one of the many recent bleats from the
BAN FENCE POST, CARS, KNIVES, BASEBALL BATS, SCREWDRIVERS THEY KILL TOO.
April 11, 1989 changed my world forever.
MY 16 YEAR OLD SON JEREMY, HE WILL ALWAYS BE 16 THANKS TO A SOCIO PATHIC KILLER, WHO JUST WANTED TO SEE WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO KILL ANOTHER PERSON. HE CHOSE MY CHILD AS HIS TARGET AMBUSHED AND BEAT HIM TO DEATH WITH A 2 FT SECTION OF FENCE POST.
AND CONSIGNED ME TO ETERNAL PAIN IN MY HEART! HE NOW ROAMS FREE AFTER ONLY A FEW YEARS BEHIND BARS, THANKS TO THE INJUSTICE SYSTEM IN TENNESSEE, AND BILL GIBBONS THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY THAT OVER SAW THE CASE. EVERY YEAR OF WHICH I HAD TO FIGHT FOR! GUNs ARE NOT THE ONLY WEAPON TO KILL, I’VE BEEN WAITING ON THE FENCE POST BAN FOR 22 YEARS! MORE YEARS THAN MY CHILD LIVED!
BTW I CCW BECAUSE OF THIS, AS WELL AS I LIVE IN MEMPHIS, TN, CRIME CAPITOL OF THE STATE.
Despotism carries a distinct aroma. For me it is the aroma of pooled blood on dusty concrete. Much pooled blood. The memory of it will never leave me. I was there. “Shook hands with the Devil,” and did my time in those places. The Congo, Liberia, Zaire...Nobody will ever convince me free men would be better off defenseless, and dependent upon the “kindness of strangers.”
I loved Harry Chapin's song/story writing skills.
Because Cynthia Tucker prefers that we live like Syria.
Went yesterday and got me another piece of nice insanity.
one nurse I know knew karate, yet was raped because she “froze” when attacked.
Twenty percent of the US Army in world war II were found to never have shot their guns despite being in battle. Training has improved, but not eliminated that percentage.
Unless your mindset is “attack mode”, and unless you have had training to do things automatically in times of emergency, you often freeze, be it civilians confronted with a car accident, or a civilian confronted with a thug who wants to kill him.