Guns, Violent Political Rhetoric, & Insanity: America’s Deadly Mix
Eighteen people have been shot, six killed, and the ramblings of an apparent madman, Jared Lee Loughner, posted on a YouTube video (below, with text) is all we have left to provide some sort of explanation. Or is it?
A Federal Judge, John M. Roll, and a nine year old girl were among those killed, and a United States Congresswoman, Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Giffords, has survived a point blank bullet wound to her head. There is certainly horror at these events, but is there really shock?
Can anyone truly claim to be taken completely by surprise by these tragic events? With the less-than-easy access to deadly firearms, a rise in religious fundamentalism in both the military and civilian society, and Right-Wing politicians, and pundits, claiming that the federal government is filled with everything from illegitimate foreign usurpers to unconstitutional oppressors of the American people…A 9mm Glauk in the hands of a mentally unstable individual (of which there are potentially many in any society) was simply a tragedy waiting to happen.
Giffords was unflinching in her support of individual gun ownership rights. The recent ratcheting-up of aggressive political rhetoric from right-wing politicians, and pundits, convincing Americans of socialist take-overs, immigrant insurgencies, and the need for Second Amendment remedies, did not deter her conviction that guns, including assault weapons, in the hands of all American citizens, was a good thing.
Over the past year, Arizona has been the focus, and apparent epicenter, of reactionary right wing political fervor. From the institution of it’s ‘Papers Please‘ law, to the anti-immigrant posses of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the resurgence of the vigilante Minutemen organizations, the outlawing of ethnic studies programs in their school system, and their recent de facto death sentences to citizens requiring organ transplants, it shouldn’t be to anyone’s amazement that Arizona was the location of this violent eruption.
Jared Loughner identifies himself, through his YouTube video, as an anti-Federal Government, ‘Original’ Constitutionalist, angry at the U.S. Armed Force’s Christian proselytizing, and convinced of a government plan to brainwash citizens through grammar. His posted ramblings are indicative of a deeply unstable personality, pushed to the limits by anti-government fear-mongering, and political environment, that has been teetering on the edge of violence since a black man was elected to the office of President.
Somewhere between his interpretation of the Communist Manifesto (which I’m sure the Right-Wing media will use to label him as a Left-Wing assailant, rather than a simply, and thoroughly, disturbed individual), and Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf – along with an assortment of other conspiracy theories rolled in – Jared Loughner developed his ‘conscience dreaming,’ anti-government , grammar-as-brainwashing ideas. An act of deadly violence committed by a seriously wounded psyche such as this, encouraged by statements from politicians and media personalities justifying violence, was more than simply a vague potentiality.
We all know that there are psychologically unbalanced people in our society, yet we still maintain their right to procure deadly weapons; weapons such as hand guns and assault rifles that are purely anti-personnel killing machines. Can we really claim to be surprised by these murders? Can we claim that this was the result of one individuals actions and not those of a society that has allowed itself to become increasingly violent, protecting the rights of individuals to have access to such weapons, and allowing public figures to foment violent acts from them?
Before we allow ourselves to get caught up in the coming media mantra of the ‘lone gunman’ with psychological issues, and the disassociation to be engendered with this individual by referring to him with all three of his names, Jared Lee Loughner, lets not forget the responsibility that others share. Those that provided him with motivation, and planted the seed of violence, as well as the society that protected and valued his supposed right to possess a deadly anti-personnel weapon, all have a share in the burden of guilt.
Republican and Tea Party politicians have done everything from calling for Second Amendment remedies, as Sharron Angle did, to putting gun sites on a map to target opposing politicians, like Sarah Palin did. Pundits from Beck to Limbaugh have stoked the flames with language and intimations designed to cause action, and havoc, directed at sitting, duly elected, politicians. In a country that refuses to limit access to anti-personnel guns, this sort of incitement to violence had no other possible outcome than what we have seen today. More information, and background, on right-wing violence, can be found in Ole Ole Olson’s column ‘The American Taliban: Assassination Attempt of Gabrielle Gillords (D,AZ)”
Six people are dead, and many others wounded, some seriously, because this man had the right own a 9mm Glauk.
The following Myspace postings, and YouTube video, give an insight into the demented mind of Mr. Loughner. Keep in mind that, in a country of over 300 million people, statistically, this man is far from alone. He is one of many with access to many, many, guns. He is also one of a much larger part of the American population that has been assaulted, and confused, by the endless violent vitriol, and disingenuous fear-mongering, from the right-wing media juggernaut of AM radio and Fox News personalities, not to mention their on-line counterparts.
Today’s mass murder was a complete tragedy; a completely avoidable tragedy. The right wing has been warned repeatedly that their rhetoric would result in just such an instance, and the availability of anti-personnel weapons has been challenged over, and over, again. The warnings were not heeded, in fact the rhetoric was escalated, and no meaningful measures have been pursued to deal with the flood of guns throughout America.
God, guns, and guts? Mr. Loughner was mad about one being forced on him, had one all to readily available in his hand, and found the other through a mixture of his own dementia and the encouragement of public figures.
According to the Huffington Post: Here’s what was listed on his MySpace page before it was removed:
Schools:I attended school: Thornydale elementary,Tortolita Middle School, Mountain View Highschool, Northwest Aztec Middle College, and Pima Community College.
Interests:My favorite interest was reading, and I studied grammar. Conscience dreams were a great study in college!
Movies:(*My idiom: I could coin the moment!*)
Music:Pass me the strings!
Books:I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.
The following video is from Jared Loughners Youtube page. Text from the video is provided below.
My final thoughts: Jared Lee Loughner
Most people, who read this text, forget in the next 2 second!
The population of dreamers in the United States of America is less than 5%!
If 987,123,478,876,341,234,671,234,098,601,978,618 is the year in B.C.E. then the previous year of 987,123,478,876,341,234,671,234,098,601,987,618 is 987,123,478,876,341,234,671,234,098,601,978,619 B.C.E.
987,123,478,876,341,234,671,234,098,601,987,618 is the year in B.C.E.
Therefore the previous year of 987,123,478,876,341,234,671,234,098,601,987,618 B.C.E. is 987,123,478,876,341,234,671,234,098,601,978,619 B.C.E.
If B.C.E. years are unable to start then A.D.E. years are unable to begin.
B.C.E. years are unable to start.
Thus, A.D.E. years are unable to begin.
If A.D.E. is endless in year then the years in A.D.E. don’t cease.
A.D.E. is endless in year.
Therefore, the years in A.D.E. don’t cease.
If I teach a mentally capable 8 year old for 20 consecutive minutes to replace an alphabet letter with a new letter and pronunciation then the mentally capable 8 year old writes and pronounces the new letter and pronunciation that’s replacing an alphabet letter in 20 consecutive minutes.
I teach a mentally capable 8 year old for 20 consecutive minutes to replace an alphabet letter with a new letter and pronunciation.
Thus, the mentally capable 8 year old writes and pronounces the new letter and pronunciation that replaces an alphabet letter in 20 consecutive minutes.
Every human who’s mentally capable is always able to be treasurer of their new currency.
If you create on new currency then you’re able to create a second new currency.
If you’re able to create a second new currency then you’re able to create third new currency.
You create one new currency.
Thus, you’re able to create a third currency.
You’re a treasurer for a new currency, listener?
You create and distribute your new currency, listener?
You don’t allow the government to control your grammar structure, listener?
If you create one new language then you’re able to create a second new language.
If you’re able to create a second new language then you’re able to create a third new language.
You create on new language.
Thus, you’re able to create a third new language.
All humans are in need of sleep.
Jared Loughner is a human.
Hence, Jared Loughner is in need of sleep.
If I define sleepwalking then sleepwalking is the act or state of walking, eating, or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening.
I define sleepwalking.
Thus, sleepwalking is the act or state of walking, eating, or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening.
I’m a sleepwalker – who turns off the alarm clock.
All conscience dreaming at this moment is asleep.
Jared Loughner is conscience dreaming at this moment.
Thus, Jared Loughner is asleep.
If I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.
I define terrorist.
Thus, a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.
If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.
You call me a terrorist.
Thus, the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.
Every United States Miilitary recruit at MEPS in Phoenix is receiving one mini bible before the tests.
Jared Loughner is a United States Military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix.
Therefore, Jared Loughner is receiving one mini bible before the tests.
I didn’t write a belief on my Army application, and the recruiter wrote on the application: None.
The majority of citizens in the United States of America have never read the United States of America’s Constitution.
You don’t have to accept the federalist laws.
Nonetheless,read the United States of America’s Constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws.
You’re literate, listener?
If the property owners and government officials are no longer in ownership of their land and laws from a revolution then the revolutionary’s from the revolution are in control of the land and laws.
The property owners and government officials are no longer in ownership of their land and laws from the revolution.
Thus, the revolutionary’s from the revolution are in control of the land and laws.
In conclusion, reading the second United States Constitution, I can’t trust the current government because of the ratifications; The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.
No! I won’t pay debt with a currency that’s not backed by gold and silver!
No! I won’t trust in God!
What’s government if words don’t have meaning?