There are more crazies in America today than you can shake a stick at. Let's not allow their fear and paranoia to frighten us too much, though. I want to add that the vast, vast majority of gun owners are extremely responsible people who are concerned about gun safety and do not threaten violence to our society. They are not crazy, just stressed-out like the rest of us.
Some of the more stressed-out gun advocates are afraid their guns will be taken away. Many are afraid their God will be taken away. However, let's not ignore those with crazy delusions and their panic, either. Let's not ignore their clear statements that they are in trouble, that they are losing it. Social media are awash with strong reaction to everything Obama, to everything about guns, to everything about our fiscal negotiations and to everything about apocalypses, environmental and natural catastrophes and Armageddons. We need to chill for a while.
Modern life is stressful and the corporate zombies are eating our flesh. The elites have seduced and abandoned the middle class and working class - and we are all just human. We fear economic collapse. What are we to do? We all need some comforting, some firm compassion, some time to re-integrate back into a reality that has been turned upside down by the privileged classes we have turned to for protection and safety. The betray of the financial sector and banks has not gone down well. That they seem to have plundered our economy with impunity leaves all Americans outside that criminal class feeling angry and betrayed.
The wave of fear that is sweeping conservative America is very distressing for its absolute irrationality, its manic, bestial, psychotic nature. In it, once can feel the inexplicable spark of fear that can cause a stampede of cattle. It can cause violence. It can trigger a race war or a holocaust. In times like this, we need to be firmly compassionate, and to avoid over-reacting.
We have crazy people in this country, and they are on the verge of stampeding. They are prepping for the fall of our civilization, which they unknowingly may be provoking. The 2012 elections tried to set some limits on the insanity, which by definition, did not quiet things down. In a palpably racist country, there is still a black man in the white house. There is a bestial angst and anger that seeks to run its course. It can be horrifying to watch this going on, as it is so powerful and so nearly out of control.
Can we calm things down by limiting the availability of assault rifles? No. Some of my friends have already made the case that the cat is out of the bag, the train has left the station. We are awash in weapons. And the more weapons one has, perhaps, the more paranoid the possibilities. The gun culture may be on the verge of collapse, in a way that destabilizes our nation. Let us move with caution.
Those outside the US have known that our gun culture is dangerous, full of a large number of risks. Well, how do we back out of it? Scientific research shows that we are not made more secure by guns, but denialism is the order of the day in America. We have messed up our planet and our economy so badly that our need to deny our problems, while logically counterproductive, seems imperative to many.
There is little doubt that President Obama has stayed away from gun control agendas because our leaders know it is a "third rail" issue, that a quarter of Americans are completely crazed about their guns and any attempt to control them or eliminate their dangers has the potential to stir many people into an irrational and self-destructive revolt. We can see such blips of crazed behavior throughout our history. While inexplicable, perhaps they were preventable.
So, what I have to tell you today, in my opinion, is that this issue is far more complicated and deep-seated than we realize. We will not calm down the conservative paranoia by verbally attacking them or challenging their intelligence or reason. They are inherently good people, so we need to trust them, and yet not to cower to them. We need not to push the gun control agenda at this time. We need to allow them some time to stabilize and calm down. We can talk about gun regulations and gradually phased-in changes. But please do not push too hard. This is not a rational situation. We need to act as if we are in the midst of stressed-out people on the edge. Because we are.
I want to add that the vast, vast majority of gun owners are extremely responsible people who are concerned about gun safety and do not threaten violence to our society. They are not crazy, just stressed-out like the rest of us.