The issue appears to be how do we keep guns out of the hands of psychotic individuals, thus protecting our rights to see silly superhero movies at midnight in our costumes (because there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, Rocky Horror cultists have been doing it for decades without incident), while maintaining conservatives’ rights to arm themselves to the teeth for protection (against what, I don’t know, but they need them their guns).
Here is my first proposal:
1.) Since conservative states are so into profiling people for a.) being here illegally, b.) looking like an islamofascist terrorist or c.) walking and driving while black, they should be onboard with the idea of profiling people who appear to be buying a greater than average number of guns and ammo in a short period of time. We’ve seen that a lot of these mass murders are committed by males who are relatively young. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some kind of brain development problem that leads to a transient psychotic episode for some individuals. This episode may be exacerbated by propaganda, stress or isolation. Someone with a better psych background than I have can jump in here but there does appear to be a pattern. It seems like it should be possible to identify the parameters that should get our attention and develop a model. Then, when a person who fits this model tries to buy additional guns, he should be asked to submit to an assessment of mental fitness. Maybe an MMPI followed by analysis and a meeting with a mental health professional. If the individual fails the assessment, he should be referred to a treatment center before he can get hold of a killing device. This is fair to everyone, I think, especially for the person whose mental state is deteriorating.
How could a 2nd amendment fanboy possibly object to this? Presumably, mass murderers getting their hands on enough artillery to kill a village ruins 2nd amendment rights for everyone.
But assuming there are states that do object, let’s go to proposal 2:
No, I’m not kidding. The grown ups of the United States have been way too permissive about anti-tax freaks, ignorance in the science classroom and a 40 year old attack on reproductive rights. The probability of more mass murders of innocent adults and children without even a minimum of effort to keep guns out of the hands of crazy people is really the last straw. What we have are a bunch of southern states that are passive-aggressively still fighting the Civil War and a handful of western states that are full of anti-social rugged individualists who are acting like spoiled adolescents on a power trip. I don’t think the rest of us should have to put up with this shit, frankly.
Clearly, what we have here is a strangled cry for independence and we need to learn to let go. Give them a time out. Let them find out what it’s like to be their own country in the world. You know, patrol their own borders, negotiate their own trade deals, maintain their own infrastructure, support their own military, regulate their own economy and create their own justice system. The rest of the country has not given the south and the west an opportunity to grow up and mature. We would be irresponsible if we didn’t allow them to find their own way in life and develop self-esteem by actually earning it. They shouldn’t be able to coast in the world by throwing around the word American. If they can’t be trusted to honor that word, let them find a new one to describe themselves. Confederate was proposed a century and a half ago. Ok, go with it but just Go!
We could give the reasonable people who live in these states incentives to relocate and then to the rest, sayonara. Have a nice life. Enjoy your unregulated assault weapons to your heart’s content. The added benefit is that the more populated, modern and progressive states will finally have some input into politics for once. PLUS, we northern states won’t have to send our hard earned taxes to fund the freeloader southern states’ welfare programs, like roads and bridges and basic government services.
I’m tired of being treated like a sucker by the conservative assholes from both parties who represent these states. It’s time we got tough with these out of control brats. Get them out of the union and concentrate the Americans who want to go forward into the future into a new America. The strength of the social conservative in the this new American will be diluted and they’ll just have to go along for the ride in a country that has a stronger social welfare state, more regulation of banks and businesses and fewer guns in the hands of the disturbed. It’s going to be tough for them to adjust to a fairer, more egalitarian, safer country but with therapy, provided by their government administered health insurance program, they’ll get over it quickly enough.
Conservatives have gone too far. It’s time we put our foot down and tell them they can fight us all they want, they will not win. If they don’t like it, there’s the door. We are fed up with having to live with their selfish demands and their tantrums. Let’s separate, file for divorce and get on with our lives.