Guns&Gunners

July 11, 2016

1913_georgio-de-chirico_melancholy-of-the-street-800_cFaded-yellow sunshine this early Monday on California’s north coast, the summer’s short wet season gone for at least til the end of the week, or longer.
Supposedly an increasingly-warm few days, too — maybe 70-degrees or better by Friday.

In light of violent death, these mass-killers cloak inherent intent in all kinds of bullshit. Thought-provoker provided via an emotional column yesterday by Jacquielynn Floyd in The Dallas Morning News:

“Ideology is like a detonator that enables a pre-existing chemical mix to explode” writes Michael Burleigh in ‘Blood & Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism.’
“As endless studies of terrorist psychology reveal, they are morally insane, without being clinically psychotic.”

(Illustration: ‘Melancholy and Mystery of a Street,’ by Giorgio de Chirico, found here).

A lot of chatter over the weekend about the gunman in the Dallas shooting, Micah Johnson, and despite all kinds of attempts to explain the horror, there’s really only one real, true explanation — the fucker was an inherent asshole.
And mass shootings worldwide are grounded in the good-old US of A (via CNN): ‘From 1966 to 2012, nearly a third of the world’s mass shootings took place in the U.S. This is according to a 2016 study that used the FBI definition of ‘mass shooting’ below. It surveyed 292 incidents and found 90 of them occurred in America. Put another way: While the U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population, it had 31 percent of all public mass shootings.’
These were carried-out by assholes who hide behind religion, racism, pissed-off about whatever, or what-ever-the-fuck — but they’re just murderous at the start.

Floyd continues:

Monsters like these men — Mateen, Roof, Marc Lepine, and now Johnson — are the pre-existing chemical mix in search of a detonator.
All thrive on their own hysterical rage; their grievances supply the excuse to act out their grotesque mass murder fantasies.

(Review of ‘Blood&Rage‘ can be found at the Guardian from February 2008).

And being a mass shooter isn’t about race, unless…(via Statista): ‘Between 1982 and 2015, 44 out of 72 mass shootings were initiated by White shooters.’
Eleven were committed by blacks, six by Asians, four by Latinos, three by Native Americans, and the last four by either other, or unknown.
Ugly-odd, too, is the American problem with guns — since President was elected in 2008, stock for gun maker Smith & Wesson has risen by 790 percent, as compared to Apple, 595 percent, or Alphabet/Google, 325 percent (source).
And same, same on-going:

John Blank, chief equity strategist for Zacks Investment Research, points out “This is the share price pattern on days like this,” noting that both Sturm and Smith & Wesson received a similar-sized boost after the mass shooting in Orlando in June that killed 49 people.
“In short, more public shootings with guns in the news headlines apparently means more demand for guns,” Blank says.
“I assume the idea is everyday people in America go out and buy more guns to protect themselves when they see this kind of public gun-driven chaos out there.”

Contradictory, too (via the Washington Post last month):

But the downward trend in gun ownership remains consistent across the national polls.
According to Gallup, gun ownership has fallen by about 10 percentage points since its peak in 1993.
The General Social Survey shows a 20-point drop since the mid-1970s.
But gun purchases, as measured by FBI firearm background checks, are at historic highs.
And data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shows that gun manufacturers are churning out record numbers of guns. Many gun rights advocates argue that these figures mean that the overall number of gun owners is growing: If more guns are being sold, more people must be owning guns.
But the declining rates of gun ownership across three major national surveys suggest a different explanation: that most of the rise in gun purchases is driven by existing gun owners stocking up, rather than by people buying their first gun.
A Washington Post analysis last year found that the average American gun owner now owns approximately eight firearms, double the number in the 1990s.

We have a gun problem that really has no actual solution…

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