Boycotting The Ritual

So here we are, another deadly workplace shooting, another gunman with a history of violence, another chance to offer prayers to the victims’ families, to find the silver lining in individual acts of heroism, yada yada.

Honestly, I’m over it. I’m tired of the national ritual. I’m not feeling sorry for anyone anymore. I’m not doing it, I refuse. I simply don’t have the energy to go through this fucking ritual every three months.

America, you have a problem. You have a mental health problem, you have a violence problem, you have a gun problem. Either deal with these issues or don’t. But stop asking me to give a fuck anymore.

This is the society we’ve asked for by refusing to address our national problems. We’ve chosen to argue over petty shit instead of doing the hard stuff and fixing what’s broken. So this is what you get. Stop acting surprised.

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27 responses to “Boycotting The Ritual

  1. democommie

    Southern Beale:

    Please check that first link, it froze my keyboard.

  2. democommie

    You just know that the ReiKKKwingunzloonz (is there another kind?) will be shouting from the rooftops that it was a black-o-perp what done it and this PROVES they need teh gunz.

    OT, but Chiefie Kessler is runnin’ for Schuylkill, PA County Shurf.

  3. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, killing about 2,386, war was declared. With its far bigger number of dead killed by the gun industry, the right-wing political and judicial junta and the crackpot gun owner faction of gun owners, we have got to realize we are under a far more deadly attacks. This is war and the fascists are armed to the sky. We’d better get used to it and act accordingly because it’s going to get a lot worse. The Supreme Court will probably legalize the murder of us as they have in Florida.

    • Billy Goat

      How does that relate in detail or in general to this incident? Who exactly are the fascists and where exactly do they live?

  4. GregH

    Hey, AR-15 & AK-47 sales just spiked again! Wooo-Hooo! Glad my 401K has stock in gun manufacterers so they and the NRA aren’t the only ones to benefit from yet another mass shooting! /s

  5. Mary Wilson

    AMEN. And who the bloody hell cares WHAT the motive is/was ? It was a crazed lunatic, with firepower. The photo of him told the story. There was the blank stare, the non-feeling or no-brain or heart inside affect. My next article, which I have already written but so far have not submitted is:
    Worship of the Almighty Gun, An American Cult…and your description
    national ritual’ also fits!!

    • Billy Goat

      I couldn’t read his face. Apparently no one else could.

    • Billy Goat

      Clearly a schizoid case. Tolerated in his workplace mainly via fear of his moods. Where do we begin the job of actual disarmament?

      • A history of gun violence. Heard voices. Still managed to buy a shotgun and ammo the day before from Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Virginia. Somehow, passed a background check.

      • Billy Goat

        I’d like to know how he had security clearance for a military base actually. I’d also like to see exactly who he shot. They all appear to be 50-60 years old and mostly white. One fellow was Indian and another possibly black. I suspect he had some sense of grievance about his contracts and shot senior highly skilled contractors. If the money had kept flowing in he’d probably have remained as happy as a clam. This reminds me of Cookie Thornton in St Louis. He blasted the entire council in Kirkwood for hasting him over parking fines. A grievous sense of self entitlement and inflated self worth are probably major contributing factors.

      • Iā€™d like to know how he had security clearance for a military base actually.

        From what I read, and granted this info might be old because stuff changes in cases like this, he worked for a private military contractor.

    • Billy

      One thing you could do is look at the images of the victims.

  6. Billy Goat

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/17/20542864-navy-yard-shooter-aaron-alexis-was-not-happy-with-america-friend-says?lite

    Yeah in addition to being schizoid he carried a big chip on his shoulder about discrimination by his white coworkers.

    • Did you see THIS?

      WASHINGTON ā€” The gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday test-fired an AR-15 assault rifle at a Virginia gun store last week but was stopped from buying one because state law there prohibits the sale of such weapons to out-of-state buyers, according to two senior law enforcement officials.

      Instead, the gunman, Aaron Alexis of Texas, bought a law-enforcement-style shotgun ā€” an 870 Remington pump ā€” and used it on Monday as he rampaged through the navy yard, said the officials, who requested anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

      Whoa. Could’ve been much worse.

      And let me say, a system that allows a mentally ill guy with a history of gun violence to purchase “a law-enforcement-style shotgun” is a system that needs to be strengthened, not weakened.

      • Billy Goat

        Apparently firearms related homicides have been dropping since 2005. 2005 was the peak apparently. Something must be working.

      • I find that hard to believe. Where did you read that? Got a link? I know homicides in general have gone down, which they attribute to an aging population. Is that just part of the overall decline in homicides?

        Meanwhile, increasing gun ownership doesn’t bode well in light of this study.

  7. I know exactly how you feel. I find it hard to care anymore too.

    Call me an optimist, but I think these incidents will eventually tip the scale and the obvious necessary changes will come.

    • democommie

      Well, I thought this was left last night, but…

      “Apparently firearms related homicides have been dropping since 2005. 2005 was the peak apparently. Something must be working.”

      What’s “working” is much better infrastructure for treating shooting victims. Better trained and equipped first responders, better methods of transport, remote medical triage (I think that Nashville is actually a center of some sort for this item), advances in trauma surgery and life support systems.

      Gunz? gunz ain’t the solution, they are CAUSING the problem.

      • GregH

        Is this sort of like the dropping rate of KIAs in Iraq and Afghanistan? I mean, more soldiers blown up and shot and ending up maimed for life, but hey, the rate of KIA is going down, so it must be that our military tactics are better, right?

      • Well also as I pointed out earlier, homicides of ALL types have been dropping. It stands to reason the ones caused by guns would fall along with the general homicide rate:

        No one is exactly sure why, but police in Los Angeles and Chicago cite homicide prevention programs, reports the Associated Press. They not only focus on the who, but the why. This may have cut down on retaliatory gang shootings, which occur frequently in large cities.

        Still, we do know that the U.S. murder rate is not tied to the economy. A study of 13 business cycles indicates that “recessions have little or no effect on the homicide rate,” explains Philip J. Cook, a professor at Duke University.

        The notion that crime goes up during a recession is probably just a myth.

        I recall when this story first came out we also heard experts cite the nation’s aging population as a major reason. Apparently us olds don’t have the energy to do more than fart and yell at the sky.

      • GregH

        Didn’t the Freakanomics guys say that the advent of legalized abortion was closely correlated with the dip in crime stats approx 20 years later?

      • That was so controversial, and I’m not even in the anti-choice crowd. Seemed like they were taking uncorrelated data and trying to draw a conclusion. I always figured that hypothesis was designed to create controversy and gin up book sales.

  8. democommie

    Southern Beale @ 10:22:

    Ding, ding–give that lady a prize. “Freakonomics” did not strike me as being attached to any serious scientific rigor.