“Guns are why we’re free in this country, and people lose sight of that when tragedies like this happen.”
NY Times, Monday, December 17, 2012
The above was said by:
1- President of the National Rifle Association.
2 - Rick Perry, governor of Texas.
3 - A resident of Newtown, Connecticut.
Answer: #3, Scott Ostrovsky, owner of a shooting range in Newtown, CT, three days after 20 kids, 6 teachers, and the shooter’s mother were killed by bullets from an assault rifle. The article by Michael Moss and Ray Rivera, describes a gun culture so entrenched that when Newtown police chief, Michael Kehoe, suggested limiting recreational gun use to daylight hours, it was nixed by the Town Council.
Gun culture is not now, perhaps never has been confined to Texas, Idaho, and back country communities; it is flourishing in picturesque Newtown, CT, 12 miles from Danbury off I-84. It has three licenced shooting ranges, “booked two years in advance,” many more unlicenced in fields and backyards, and it is legal to fire when on one’s own property even though close to neighbors.
In Frontier days, houses were far apart, strangers rare, and wild game was a part of every diet. Gun owners still talk about self-defense and hunting, but when asked why they need assault rifles that fire 30 bullets in 10 seconds, they squirm because gun culture has been taken over by cultists who inhabit a fantasy world.
On TV’s Hardball, Chris Matthews asked Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America why he collected guns. “For when our government gets out of hand.” said Pratt archly. He seems to be preparing for armed insurrection. Matthews started calling his group, “Gun Owners Against America.”
The AR-15 used by Adam Lanza, a civilian version of the army’s M-16, can be customized with radar, night vision, stocks, carry handle, ammo clips and drums, comes in tan, brown, and black. Owners say it is “fun to shoot.” Adding to the fun is Tannerite, which explodes noisily when hit. When Chief Kehoe proposed banning Tannerite because of noise complaints, he was nixed again.
A comparison leaps out: the obsession of adults with guns, and teens with video games. “Gamers” stop studying, stay in their rooms, lose themselves in fantasies. Attempts to wean them away are rejected. The NRA rejects regulations, sends lobbyists to Washington, “grades” politicians, and claims owning guns is patriotic while entertaining fantasies of armed insurrection.
People can be absorbed by their families, friendships, loves, callings, careers, interests, and hobbies that enrich their lives and communities. They can also be drawn into crime, drugs, alcoholism, power fantasies, video gaming (which most outgrow), and gun cults (which they don’t) that impoverish their lives and harm society. With the staying power of a serious addiction, gun cults and their so-called culture will be tougher to control than anyone imagines.