Pic of the day: Fantasies about a found glove, dedicated to the lady who lost it, 4/10 by Max Klinger (1878)
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.
Aldous Huxley, Collected Essays (1959)
And it begins…
The propaganda war that we all knew was coming has started, the one where America will argue with itself about gun control. That those on the side of more guns have again started their foray into madness is not a surprise, though the timing is.
They haven’t even finished burying the dead in Newtown yet.
It’s a pity really, that we’ll have to once and for all deal with these madmen and their paranoia, and pardon the expression, shoot down the idea that sensible gun legislation will interfere with ordinary men and women owning guns when it won’t.
The gun side of the argument has already began calling talk of and petitions for gun control “Magical thinking.” I read it on reason.com, a curiously named right wing libertarian site, what with the complete lack of reason noted on that site. Now what does magical actually mean? Near as I can tell it means that they think that because there is no concrete plan in this talk and petitioning , aside from “don’t let homicidal maniacs get their hands on guns and kill people, because hey, we’re people, and we kinda like not getting shot dead.” nothing concrete can come of it.
When we all know that isn’t true. Fresh legislation is in fact already pending in the Senate, thanks to New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg.
I’ve always wondered why the NRA crowd gets so, again pardon the expression, up in arms over gun control. It s not like there has ever been legislation produced or even imagined that says No one can ever have guns again, end of statement. Never has been said, never has that thought been brought forward, at least not by anyone with a brain in their head.
But that is exactly the kind of argument that the NRA and their kind put forth and pretend is the reality that will occur if we are to ever have real serious gun control legislation pass. And the end times scenarios they paint on top of these ridiculous and patently false claims are so disingenuous as to be unbelievable. They would have you believe that any attempt at gun control in America would destroy our ability to defend ourselves(bullshit), and turn the entire nation into a land ruled by gun toting gang members (more bullshit) where honest law abiding citizens will be unable to walk the streets free at night (major bullshit.)
The first time heard these arguments put forth, I lolled. But they are serious. The NRA even created a brochure back in 2006 with bright glossy pictures, some quite ominous looking, to drive the point home. They are the same arguments used now, heard them after Columbine too, well before the brochure was even thought of. Heard them after Va Tech. Heard them after Aurora.
It’s a lie.
It’s a lie.
It’s a lie, and if you believe it you are, pardon the expression, out of your fucking mind. All we want to do is make sure we are safe, which we clearly aren’t at this point as a nation. I can still be free if guns are controlled and regulated by law like cars. And so can you, and if you don’t think you can be then either you live in a really shitty neighborhood or you are paranoid and delusional and perhaps should not be allowed to play with the grown up toys, dangerous little thing that you are.
There is more on this subject to write about, a great deal more, and I’ll get to it at a later date. I have things I must do. I’ve taken as much time as I can here today. Tomorrow, perhaps.
That’s it from here, America. G’night.