Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Gun-A-palooza: Bet you can't buy just one

    There was a gun show in San Francisco last weekend and hundreds of people were already lined up at the door and waiting, hours ahead of the opening bell.  Why?  "We want to buy guns, of course, but we also want to buy ammunition."  Of course.  What is the use of having a gun if you don't have any ammunition?

     And what is the use of buying just one gun when you can buy two?  Or three or four -- or a hundred.

     And what is the use of owning a derringer when you can own a pistol?  And why own a pistol when you can easily trade up and buy a semiautomatic weapon instead?  And why just have a semiautomatic weapon when you can get your hands on an AK-47?  Or a rocket-launcher -- better yet!

     I just finished reading Henry Chang's excellent new murder-mystery novel, "Death Money"  And on page 67, Chang wrote, "[Detective Yu] had considered switching over to a Smith & Wesson semiautomatic, a nine-millimeter piece, with a polymer frame and a fifteen-shot magazine, but most cops were favoring the new Glocks."  And the more that the bad guys on his beat increased their firepower, the more that Detective Yu wanted to up his firepower too.

     And Detective Yu's attitude is the norm among real cops as well as fictional ones.  And it's not just him or most cops that think this way either.  In fact, the more firepower almost anyone has, then the more firepower almost everyone wants.  This is true.  And pretty soon, even a rocket-launcher won't do the job and we will all be wanting to upgrade to bazookas and tanks.  And then cannons.  And drones.  And who knows what all else.

     "They've got one.  I need one."

     Pretty soon, if America's current trend toward weaponization keeps spiraling upward, then who knows.  We'll all be walking down Main Street locked and loaded like ISIS does in Iraq.  And we'll all be wearing black scarves wrapped around our heads and carrying pirate flags and ranting about law and order and God and shooting down everything that moves -- ISIS-Al Qaeda-Taliban style.

     And gun manufacturers will be happily raking in big bucks all this time -- that is, until all of their customers end up shooting all of their other customers dead.

 PS:  And apparently Americans are currently trying very hard to start resembling ISIS-Taliban-Al Qaeda bad guys in more ways than just weapons and guns.  We are also about to sink to their level in other ways too. 

     After the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Hobby Lobby, American women may be about to start living the Taliban life-style as well -- and be forced into purdah like it was 2014 (in Afghanistan)

     Better start getting ready to go off to the harem, ladies -- and that is no veiled threat!

PPS:  Basically, Republicans, neo-cons and/or the Tea Party have been in charge of America since the year 2000 -- through their control of the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, the military and/or ownership of the mainstream media.  And anything that Republicans haven't controlled during this period of time has been controlled by the  RepubliDems and/or Democrats who act like neo-con wannabes.

    So.  Ask yourself.  "Has anything in America -- anything at all -- gotten any better since the 2000 election?"