Events like the mass murder in Colorado last week (which happen with regularity) usually erupt into an argument about gun control in this country. Not so this time. Gun control advocates have been limp and mostly ignored this week. Nanny Bloomberg had some fighting words, after which he no doubt snatched a Super Mega Gulp out of some poor sot’s clutches and offered to have the city of New York administer a public spanking at no cost. Piers Morgan has devoted some time to the issue, trotting out Michael Moore because…well.. Moore has some free time.
Bloomberg, no doubt aware that his 3rd mayoral term is the end of the road, has increasingly become a grotesque of Mary Poppins. Let’s call him Maury Poppins. The medicine will go down. There will not be a spoonful of sugar however. Morgan is a Brit and therefore no one will listen to him about gun control. Michael Moore is the closest to an old school liberal out there right now on the issue - which is evidence that gun control advocates are in full retreat.
I was once an advocate of strong gun control. Now I am ambivalent at best. The shift in my thinking is simple. When the Columbine shooting occurred I was more afraid of lunatics with easy access to guns than I was of my government. This is – awfully – no longer true.
We are now more than a decade into the Bush/Bama national security state. (Remember when warrantless wire taps were the big concern? It wasn’t that long ago. Now we have drones overhead and extra judicial murder.) I don’t own a gun and don’t like guns, but I now understand the Ice-T line of thought. It will eventually be apparent to all that most of the federal government is run by sociopaths not that far afield from the average criminal. I don’t like the “gun nuts” but I now get the argument. It’s not about hunting. It’s never been about hunting. It’s about people in power with control fetishes being held in check. This, too, is largely a fantasy I know. If they ever really came for us whatever guns one had stockpiled probably wouldn’t matter. But if I have to pick who is scarier in 2012, Ice-T or Mayor Bloomberg and his type, it’s a no brainer.
One some level the state must control arms. I would like to know how an unemployed grad student was able to acquire body armor and an arsenal. Knowing won’t change anything though. That train has left the station. We are not going to have a real conversation about our society and violence any more than we’re going to seriously discuss race. Piers Morgan’s gun control spasm is quaint. A throw back to 1994, when fear mattered, but did not rule.
Meanwhile, the government (led by both parties) is determined to infect every bit of our lives….and anyone who’s known a person with control issues knows it’s only a matter of time until there is an attempt to control everything.
- Christie’s Gun Control Hypocrisy (bluejersey.com)
- Michael Moore Asks President Obama: What If It Were Your Daughters Killed Last Week In Aurora? (mediaite.com)