It is extremely entertaining to witness the media’s attempt to turn Jared Lee Loughner into a hard-core, right-wing, Limbaugh listening gun nut even as the facts are coming out about Loughner’s long personal identification with the ideology of leftist fringe groups and the fact that he considered the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf credible light reading. The blood on the Arizona sidewalks has barely had a chance to dry and the liberal politicians are flocking to the site of the shooting and shoving each other aside in their attempt to wrest some measure of political advantage out of the event. To date the early bird awards for the speediest carrion connoisseur should be extended to Democrat Carolyn McCarthy, Representative for New York’s 4th District, for her speedy proposal to further abrogate the gun rights of American citizens by banning high capacity magazines. The Virginia state senator, Janet Howell is running a close second by sucking up the airtime with her comment, “As the decibel level of political discourse has risen, so does the risk to elected officials,” while claiming that she has been inundated with threats as a result of her support for gun control. It should be noted that neither Carolyn McCarthy nor Janet Howell support gun control so much as they support the complete elimination of private gun ownership by all law abiding American citizens, but then again, that may be considered as much of an irrelevant and unnecessary fact as Loughner’s leftist predilections. My personal vote for the Grand Walla of political buzzards would have to go to Congressman Bob Brady, the misanthrope Democratic representative from Pennsylvania, who has leaped on this media event as an opportunity to legislate against web sites carrying pictures of congressional representatives beneath the crosshairs of a rifle.
Interestingly enough, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act that was signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993 had no effect on Jared Loughner’s ability to buy one of the cheapest, most likely to explode in your face shotguns, nor did it stop him, a year later, from purchasing a Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol, which is a fourth-generation ergonomically designed polymer framed 9mm pistol that is not all that cheap and is normally sold equipped with a ten shot magazine. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was designed to keep handguns out of the mitts of the hopelessly delusional, the unrepentant felons, wife beaters, stalkers, and those who are brought down by drug addictions and Jared Loughner clearly fell solidly into two of these categories. Loughner’s application to join the U.S. Army was turned aside because of his prior arrest record on drug charges and his admission to being a pot head, and the fact is, that the guy spent a good portion of his life one step ahead of the guys in the white coats carrying the net. Like many other psychotics, Jared Loughner’s mental instability only becomes apparent after he has done something truly beyond the pale, but you would think that after being chased off campus for his obviously aberrant behavior on five separate occasions, and being rejected by the regulars of a UFO conspiracy web site for submitting “crazy” postings about the U.S. government’s effort to control grammar, nonsensical convoluted theories about the calendar and flaky ideas about starting his own monetary currency, someone would take a closer look at Jared Loughner, and maybe even place a flag on his file in case he tried to buy a hand-howitzer or a do-it-yourself flame thrower kit. When UFO freaks spurn your written thoughts it’s time to check your foundation bolts, not buy a gun.
So, is it time to begin slicing big slabs of meat off the U.S. Constitution, as one salivating Democratic congressman suggested, or should we just be content to listen to the ricochets as the blame is fired back and forth at the Republicans and at the Democrats? Are we the people, the Republicans, the Democrats, the tea partiers, the YMCA, the NRA or the 4H Clubs of America guilty by association or is this simply a case of one demented loner acting out on his crazy delusions? Absent any evidence of an actual connection to a political group, person or thing, I would venture to say that the most logical course of action would be to write the entire event off as a fluke, and certainly to not let it alter our perspectives on anything of merit. But then again, who the heck am I to be discouraging our political leaders from flinging crap at everyone around them?
From the standpoint of my consistently positive outlook on all matters related to life in modern America, I find it intensely gratifying to see political hacks being targeted as opposed to the regular working stiffs who normally get plugged by such idiots. The Joe Blows of this country are more commonly on the receiving end of errant 9mm pistols and I find it marginally more refreshing to hear that a politician has been ventilated instead. I am certainly not encouraging this activity, at least not openly, but I have to ask, why should they be viewed as being any different? They have scratched and clawed their way through the political sewer to gain their elite status in American society. They have set themselves aside as being more capable of making the right decisions for the rest of us ignorant mortals, and they are the ones that take on the job of shoving what they consider “right” and “good” down the throats of the rest of us who can not be trusted to understand right from wrong, and now they are complaining because one delusional nut bag opens fire on them! Somehow I don’t see this event as something that will become a popular trend. Whether or not that is a good thing, a bad thing or just a thing is something I think I will not explore.
A SIDE NOTE ON GUN CONTROL
Between imports and American manufacturing, an average of 5 million guns are made available and purchased for use by American citizens every year. Approximately 100,000 guns are removed from circulation every year by law enforcement authorities as a result of criminals being apprehended. 73% of all guns in the United States have been sold more than once and the government’s paper trail is non-existent. Considering the loss, accidental and intentional destruction of firearms by their owners as well as the inoperability of a given weapon because of erosion, misuse or other destructive situation, it would be safe to assume that nobody can say, with any certainty, exactly how many firearms there are in this country. Any guess between five hundred million and fifty million would be equally credible. It is also safe to assume that every firearm is not registered and that every firearm owner does not register every weapon in his or her possession. Little old women packing late Uncle Floyd’s decrepit service revolver loaded with funky green cartridges are less apt to consider gun registration than the pistol packing gang bangers with their chrome plated pocket rockets. The fallacy of gun control laws is made evident when you consider the fact that before the government can effectively control something it must know where that thing is and since there are only about 3 to 4 million registered weapons in the U.S. it is painfully obvious that there are somewhere between 496 million and 46 million unregistered weapons floating around that the federal government knows nothing about. How do you control this? The answer is simple – you can’t, all you can do is bloviate, waste tax dollars and time.
Jared Loughner, Bill Clinton, Carolyn McCarthy, Janet Howell, Bob Brady
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