We hear again, as always, that the problem is not guns, it is mental illness.

Weapons designed for war … are being flooded into American civilian society.
It is not surprising that a few find their way to men unstable enough to use them for their intended warlike purposes

Every time there’s a new mass killing of innocent Americans – usually by white American “Christian” males – we hear that cop-out.

Mental illness does seem likely to be a contributing factor. Could a mentally healthy person commit such an act? It is at least a temporary loss of mental and/or emotional health.

Still, these outpourings of rage, hate, paranoia, self-contempt or whatever, whether calmly or emotionally performed, are vastly more destructive because of the easy availability of firearms of maximum killing power.

Weapons designed for war, for assault in warfare settings, are being flooded into American civilian society.

It is not surprising that a few find their way to men unstable enough to use them for their intended warlike purposes – except they use them in civil settings, in common daily American settings.

After all, we’re literally killing ourselves. Let’s act like grownups and interfere with this process of self-destruction of American lives and of American freedom.

Great power to kill large numbers of humans in very short order – THAT’s what we put in the hands of unstable and very dangerous individuals. Yet our President has moved to enable precisely such persons (those with dangerous mental illness) to continue to freely and legally get access to such weapons of great killing power.

Is that what we want?

We know well that some mental illnesses are not especially dangerous. But some are. And in some cases you just can’t tell. Why would we want to put maximum killing power in the hands of those who clearly do have dangerous mental illnesses – or records of violence and abuse?

Perhaps we – that is, our government leaders – are the ones with mental illness.

If the underlying problem is mental illness, then the enabling problem is putting maximum killing technology in the hands of severely unstable people. And then – what do we expect?
  • True, it very powerfully strengthens the NRA as a political power. Is strengthening this corrupting political power center a major public good?
  • It increases the great profits of the gun manufacturing and sales systems. Is increasing their profit at the cost of innocent, unsuspecting American lives a major public good?
  • It for some reason comforts the NRA Christians. Is that a major public good?
  • It deludes some into thinking they are going to resist – with rifles – military, police, or other planes, tanks, personnel carriers, rockets, and other high powered weaponry. Is that delusion a major public good?
  • Each massacre gives learning points to other potential murderers. Their effectiveness is increasing – they are tending to a) kill more of us per event, and b) more of us more quickly in each event. Is this public education-in-murder, this massacre-skill-level enhancement, somehow to be seen as a major public good?

“It’s a mental health problem” is a smokescreen.

We always have mental illness. (And we are cutting back support for treating those problems.) But the distinguishing problem with these massacres is that we have so freely available in this country such powerful killing technology – whether legally or illegally.

We regulate everything else that is a public danger.

  1. IF the AR-15 and comparable maximum-efficiency human-killing machines were illegal, or much more carefully regulated,
  2. AND honest effort were made to enforce those laws and regulations,
  3. Their effectiveness is increasing – they are tending to a) kill more of us per event, and b) more of us more quickly in each event. Is this public education-in-murder … somehow to be seen as a major public good?
  4. it certainly would NOT stop everyone.
  5. BUT it could honestly be expected to stop a lot of men similar to those who have not to this point been stopped. That’s just how these things work.

That WOULD BE a major public good.

Why won’t we do that? After all, we’re literally killing ourselves.

Let’s act like grownups and interfere with this process of self-destruction of American lives and of American freedom.
Let’s at least talk about it, allow others to talk about it, ask them to talk about it, INSIST that they talk about it.

“It’s a mental health problem” is a smokescreen.

The problem is having such powerful killing technology freely available in this country – whether legally or illegally.