William Thien

We Live in A Predatory Age in America. Observations on The Three Most Recent Mass Shootings

Posted on: August 11, 2012

First, let me say that my condolences go out to the families of the victims and the survivors of the three mass shootings of late. The circumstances are indeed unfortunate.

But the media has wasted little time using its perpetual bully puppet to reinvigorate the debate on personal gun ownership in The United States, coming at the issue full steam ahead, and I believe that is a misuse of its Constitutionally granted authority in relation to the public and it must be addressed promptly.

I have not seen any one news outlet raise the question of whether or not any of the three shooters were carrying their guns legally in public or whether or not they had a concealed carry permit. Yet, the media wants to compare those who are carrying legally to the mass shooters simply by the mere fact that those who legally carry guns do in fact carry guns and so did the mass shooters. In other words, the media is putting those who carry legally in the same category as the mass shooters. Of course there is no logical conclusion there but the media neglects to inform the viewer of that fact and instead does what the media insists upon doing repeatedly and that is to cause hysteria, thereby causing irrational thought, thereby bringing about change under emotional circumstances when if there were ever an issue that should be decided when level headed, the issue of gun ownership in America is it. The media are “preying” upon the emotions of Americans while they are in throes. Typical of the media. Predatory. I add that the issue of gun ownership has already been debated and debated and debated and found by The Supreme Court to be constitutional.

It leads to me ask once again, why is the media so against gun ownership?

I have no way of investigating the matter myself, but I presume that none of the three mass shooters were carrying their weapons in public legally. The media neglects to inform the public of that fact. Let me add, though, that I believe in something called “Constitutional Carry,” or that you should be able to carry a weapon for self-defense without a permit required. So, ultimately the question is statistically insignificant. Why should I have to pay the government to protect myself? Because that is what almost always is involved with obtaining a concealed carry permit, a fee. Where I reside the fee for a concealed carry permit is fifty dollars, some training, and some paperwork.

In catastrophic physical attacks on people I know, the government has never been there to prevent the attacks, never, not once, yet I pay the government at huge expense to protect the people I know anyway. Why? I don’t pay the government to implement the law to get even with those who attack those I know, I pay the government to prevent the attacks in the first place. That is where concealed carry comes in, it helps to fill the gap created by the government’s inability to protect in a timely manner, at such a great expense, and you hope to prevent such events as the three mass shootings.

I doubt there is anyone out there, except the media and certain segments of the government perhaps, who would disagree with me that we live in a different age in America, one populated by highly violent, anti-social people and organizations (some would say animals) who stalk you, with method and in an organized way, and insult your existence as you go about your daily lives, corporations and organizations that spy in individual citizens and that collect information about your habits, likes and dislikes and your associations and sell that information, often highly personal, private information to anyone and everyone willing to pay for the information, not to mention those who would attack you for a few dollars just to buy something illegal. There are all sorts of private organizations collecting information on private citizens in The United States, one that even claims to be collecting information on one of the three previously mentioned shooters. Who knows what they are doing with that information? Who granted them the charter to collect that information in the first place and disseminate it publicly after the shooting? Do you see what I am talking about here, do you understand the insult to the basic human rights that modern Americans suffer from the onslaught of the myriad of organizations and media and government who are squeezing the very ether of personal right in America right out of the American? Contemporary existence in America is a persistent, violent insult.

It makes you wonder why the three shooters really went off?

We live in a predatory age in America. The media corporation is predatory. Corporations themselves are predatory. The government is often predatory. And that is what you get when you live in a predatory age like ours.

Copyright © William Thien 2012

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4 Responses to "We Live in A Predatory Age in America. Observations on The Three Most Recent Mass Shootings"

You said this is a violent age. Have you read Lt. Col. David Grossman? If so, what do you think if his thesis as to why we are more violent now?

I have not. I just did a search at BN.com and Amazon.com and there were several very interesting titles written by that author. Which would you recommend reading first?

Grossman addresses increased violence most directly in “Stop-Teaching-Our-Kids-Kill”. I have not read that book yet, but have read his others and listened to his lectures.

I will have to take a look at his books. Thanks for the suggestions.

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