Newtown apparently LOVES guns. Yep. It’s a lovely bucolic setting with lots of 4000 sq ft McMansions set back in the trees. It sounds a lot like Bernardsville, NJ. Let me guess, there are probably a lot of corporate executive types out there. Probably a lot of Libertarians and Republican members of the NRA too. The New York Times reports that the sound of guns, rifles and assault weapons is a common thing in Newtown and all efforts to curtail it just to make it safe to walk in the woods, have met with stiff resistance.
It must be a great place to live where your neighbor is allowed to shoot his gun 20 feet from your house and you have no right to protect yourself. Where are the homeowner’s insurance companies?
When I moved into this modest little townhouse, I couldn’t get homeowner’s insurance. Was there a major safety problem? Gas leak? No, there was a crack in the pavement around the municipal access cover that was buried in the apron of my driveway. Let me be clear, the crack wasn’t ON my driveway. It was located on a piece of pavement that was owned by the municipality. It wasn’t a deep crack or a wide crack. But because it was elevated by about half an inch and someone might trip on it in front of my house, my homeowner’s insurance company wouldn’t write a policy. The crack had to be fixed first. That proved to be a problem because it was owned by the township and I wasn’t allowed to touch it. Eventually, the township did fix it but for a couple of weeks there, no policy for love or money.
Over a crack.
So, verily I say to the state of Connecticut, the solution to this problem seems pretty easy to me. If you have more than one gun or an assault weapon in your home, no homeowner’s insurance. Just try to get that 4000 square foot monstrosity with the nice granite countertops and the finished basement covered. Go on. The owners will have to stash their guns somewhere else away from the property. That should keep them away from the young male hotheads in the family. A gun is much more lethal than a pavement defect.
Money changes everything.
Commenter John R. posted a link to a DailyMail article that says that Nancy Lanza was a survivalist in the Glenn Beck mode. In any case, Beck and his ilk have been predicting catastrophe for a couple of years now from the collision with Nibiru, a wayward planet/dwarf star thingy that doesn’t exist, or some other catastrophic event. Ex Jehovah’s Witness kids have been through this crap before and know a scam when they see one but the people who buy into this nonsense keep getting sucked in by every new scenario. I knew people who quit school and bunkered down leading up to 1975. Many more quit their jobs to pioneer for the Watchtower full time. If you live with people who are into eschatological fantasies, the world can start to look a little nutz. It’s a bit like child abuse to be terrorized all day, all year for years on end by an eschatological parent. For all we know, Adam Lanza might have thought he was doing those kids a favor by killing them before the end of the world as they knew it.
Yes, it’s insane. But what’s more insane is that we allow people like Glenn Beck to promote these doomsday scenarios without any accountability whatsoever. It’s like shouting Fire in a theater. Glenn Beck-why am I not surprised. His shadow has been lurking behind so many violent events in the past couple of years. But you want to know how to tell that Glenn Beck and his end-of-the-world fantasies aren’t serious? How many times lately has he talked and fretted about the “Fiscal Cliff”? People who expect to be fighting for their lives in the next week and have reserved space in long term survivalist residences don’t have time to be worried about losing their Bush Tax cuts. If he is, that’s because come January 1, 2013, he expects to be sitting behind his microphone in a nice safe location spewing nonsense to the gullible and he’s probably got tickets to the Superbowl.
For all we know, there will be more violent incidences this week. Some people don’t know when they’ve been taken for suckers. They really take this seriously.