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White Lambs, Expendable Siblings & Guns.......

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by gdbabin, Feb 6, 2013.

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  1. gdbabin

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    White Lambs, Their Expendable Siblings, and the Guns That Kill Them


    Guy D. Babin; January 2013


    Why is the massacre of cute chubby-cheeked upper middle class school children more galvanizing than the pervasive slaughter of our inner-city youth?


    Suburban mall shootings, killing rampages within gilded college campuses, and primary school atrocities with firearms in utopian neighborhoods are in the big scheme of things, very rare. Shootings on the streets of New Orleans, Baltimore, Chicago and Los Angeles are common place; a daily wasting of human life, yet somehow not nearly as alarming to most--including the press and those within local and national government.


    People are emotional beings. We become imbued with intoxicating rage and determination to remediate when exposed to a shocking new experience of injustice. Ironically we also become numb relatively easily to recurring trauma, adversity and scandal. We are remarkably adaptable beings able to adjust our emotions, to deaden the acuteness of our senses, very capable to rationalize away the distasteful.


    Our nature to forget, to self preserve should not surprise any of us and accounts for the apathy toward those gunned down every single day in our cities. After-all these are the poor, the disenfranchised, the dwellers of the ugly and stark inner cities. Their neighborhoods aren't defined by manicured lawns and white picket fences. No country clubs, malls or statuesque architecture. The faces there are typically brown, dialects unfamiliar and a culture far removed from the majority of middle America.


    Newtown will result in restrictions on the types of firearms citizens are allowed to own and use. The minds-eye image of doe-eyed, mostly white innocents being mowed down by an ugly flat black firearm spewing hot spent brass casings bouncing on a school floor is gut wrenching. It is unthinkable no matter the demographic. It's no surprise that the shock and revulsion associated with the incident has riveted public attention on ArmaLite based rifles--the dreaded AR15.


    Somehow the murders in Central City New Orleans or deaths on the streets of north Philly aren't as wrenching. This plague is analogous to an aching tooth that hasn't yet abscessed--its pain tolerated, even falsely abated in our mind as we hope it will go away knowing the cost of its remediation. There are many thousands of people who know firsthand that the larger problem, the more egregious waste of humanity occurs every single day at the hand of thugs and delinquents wielding illegal handguns on the streets of our cities. It hurts a mother there, just as much as a mother in Connecticut to lose a child forever. Illegal revolvers and pistols with capacities of less than ten rounds; handguns without bayonet lugs, sliding stocks or suppressors kill these children and have for decades--not the denigrated AR.



    Where is the outrage for the loss of these souls, the push for control of illegal handguns--the tool most often used to slay the darker majority? There's irony and injustice in what's being done today and why.



    Wouldn't it be better to focus on the larger more chronic problem rather than the sensational? To focus on root causes? Instead of legislating emotionally to address the implement of the evil of Newtown, wouldn't the terrible waste of those dear children's lives be better served as a catalyst to tackle the plight of death that is epidemic in the cities of America?
     
  2. gdbabin

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    200 views and not one response... interesting.


    It seems I've lost my touch.....



    Guy
     
  3. Rick Barker

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    Maybe there is no need for response? Perhaps your post is causing some thought generation and their is no disagreement.
     
  4. crusha

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    Well, I'll disrupt the party with some disagreement (it's the first time I've noticed this thread).


    The reason the Newtown murders are more front-of-mind is that the victims were unquestionably innocent. That's often not the case with inner-city deaths. Now don't misunderstand me; I'm not hating on those inner-city victims, or saying they're any less deserving of their lives. Only that a very high percentage of those deaths turn out to have extenuating cirumstances which, upon further reflection, cause an intelligent person to say, "Well, there you go."


    And that is absolutely, positively, 100% unquestionably not the case with these Newtown six-year-olds.


    That's all.


    And any intelligent person can see that. (And any person who can't, is probably a screeching shill for the expansion of the welfare poverty state, of which group I'm almost 85% certain the writer of the above article is a member).


    And I want to point out that, right from the beginning, many of us on the "gun lover side" of the issue were saying: "Hmph. That's interesting. Rahm Emmanuel says this Newtown sort of thing is not tolerable anymore...well, maybe he needs to make a more proportionally intolerant response to the even greater number of his own city's residents that are dying every week in HIS ghettos, HIS hoods, HIS projects."
     
  5. crusha

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    (And that, gentle TS.commers, is how you engage the bleeding hearts).


    There, three responses from two people. I think I've done my part.
     
  6. Traders

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    gdbabin ,

    Many, if not most gun owners are willing to except a very great level of gun violence in return for keeping their gun rights. That is especially true since most, by a very large number, shootings take place, as indicated by the writer, very far from where i would guess most of us live. Not withstanding our talk about home defense, and CC, etc. my guess is that most of us live and work in very safe areas and have rarely been physically threatened.

    The reason shootings like Sandy Hook and Columbine are significant is not so much how many were killed but who they were and where they were.
     
  7. yakimaman

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    Tell you what...when 15 yr old Daequan kills 14 yr old Tyrese with a gun stolen from his uncle's crib and the whole thing was over Tyrese flashing a gang sign, I don't care - I mean it, I don't care - those mongrels can kill each other all day long and all I think is good riddance. Until the black commmunity, the black preachers, teachers, parents, and black leaders stand up and admit that their own people foster this culture it will never change.
     
  8. Rick Barker

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    Buzz gun

    You mean we cannot pass laws to make people behave?
     
  9. timberfaller

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    "200 views and not one response... interesting."

    NO your just preaching to the choir.

    Most here know where and what the problems are.

    and its not the "guns"!!!!
     
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    I believe a reasoned person would examine just what is different now from times past. We had few mass murders in schools, theaters, malls, etc. Folks occasionally
    murdered one another, sometimes with guns. Until 1934 they could do it with a real sub-machine gun, if they could afford it. Or a full auto model 1896 Mauser pistol. Must not be availability of weapons. What is different now? Much lower church attendance, far fewer married mothers( one parent families), mental hospital inmates are about one tenth of that of sixty years ago, poor, largely minority families in places like Cabrini Green, education standards declining.
    Pick one or all of the above. We are turning into a nation of ignorant savages and we older folks hadn't even noticed until recently.
     
  11. Brian in Oregon

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    The Hollywood Culture of Violence shares some responsibility here.

    From the article, kids who watch 25 hours of TV a week will see 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence by the time they are 18.

    And that doesn't even count the body counts in the tens of thousands or more from violent video games.

    The depicted violence is getting more and more graphic. At one time movies would not show a gun being fired in the same frame as the person being hit by the bullet. (Trivia: A Fistful of Dollars was the first movie to do so.) Now we see highly graphic beheadings, impalings, etc.

    Kids become normalized to violence. In fact, adults also become jaded to it. To the point where Hollywood has to ramp up the violence to keep people interested.

    I'm not suggesting we censor what adults see, but parents need to really think about what they're letting their kids see.
     
  12. redfin

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    like yakimaman says,so?its in the papers every day. joseph
     
  13. gdbabin

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    Illegal handguns is a poor choice of words, I agree.


    I should have written stolen, black market, straw purchased, etc.
     
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    Illeagal guns is how the media views it.

    I was watching the news last night and there was a blip on 32,000 Illegal guns that where registered to felons. A special Taskforce was formed to round them up, complete with interview with DA et all. The Taskforce was going in enforce in the dark of night. Guess what, they weren't arresting the felons. They arrested the guns.

    Newtown was a senseless act carried out by a coward with a history of being unbalanced. The gungrabbers are using this as an excuse to limit our rights and eventually control every aspect of our lives. The moderates are allowing their emotions to cloud their judgement.

    Garry
     
  15. shooterIII

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    gdbabin, Maybe we should use the term "illegally acquired" handguns.
     
  16. shannon391

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    Some of them actually trade in illegal drugs too, can you believe it?
     
  17. darr

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    Very nice.Thoughtful,true,not irrational at all.Send it to all of your representatives.


    Darr
     
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