WhoWhatWhy has a great article up about the American gun culture.
Here are some interesting excerpts:
Whenever we tweet or post about these, often the only people we hear from are those who say we need more guns not less. “If I had been there with my gun….” The problem, of course, is the public at large is being asked to arm everyone and trust that, while the rest of us cower, “the right people” will quickly dispatch “the wrong people” in the modern equivalent of the Shootout at the OK Corral. No mention of whether the teacher is supposed to be armed…when a nut walks into a preschool and starts firing away.
And the politicians are not off the hook!
That’s about the sum total of leadership these days. Avoid the core issue, pray, and extend sympathies to the families of the victims. No mention of systemic and endemic factors, or of taking action to prevent this kind of tragedy in the future.
Like I said before, the American gun lobby wields too much power.
Gun violence is also due, in part, to the power of gun manufacturers—which constitute way too big an industry altogether.
This is one of the better articles I’ve read on the topic and I urge you to read it in its entirety.
Now if I got your bloomers all in a bind try breathing deeply and consider meditating on your flute.
If playing with your flute does not calm you then perhaps some Japanese techno-yodeling will?