Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The A, B, C's of "Gun Un-Control"

Comment for Piers Morgan regarding his debate with Larry Pratt, gun lobbyist:

Piers, you haven't figured out the a, b, c's of the gun lobbyists yet, have you?  Whenever you're faced with someone whose answer to kids being cut down is 'arm the teachers', what you are facing is their efforts to sell a LOT more guns:
  • A. You cannot argue with an addict about the supply of their 'substance of choice'.  Gun owners get a little endorphin rush from fondling, shooting, talking and thinking about their guns.  Pratt is deeply addicted to guns and the money he makes from the gun lobby.
  • B. Psychopaths are NOT all mass murderers, at 1 in 100 in all human societies, diagnosable psychopaths are all around us (and many are high up on the spectrum, but not so much that they'd be diagnosed).  Pratt is one of these individuals and cannot be swayed by arguments that include empathy for other humans.
  • C. Pratt's argument is NOT "unbelievably stupid" (unless you are judging it on empathy for fellow humans).  It is a MARKETING argument that the gun manufacturers and NRA propagate and it is designed to leverage human fear and self-defense instincts. 
The objective of the latter marketing plan has been to sell many, many guns into America since 1791, then sell MORE guns today because 'normal' people have to defend themselves against low-empathy people who feel no guilt and have access to a SEA OF GUNS.  There are SO MANY guns in America today that all the manufacturers could be stopped tomorrow and no one would ever need to buy another new gun.  Not ever.  The current supply of 300 million guns can just be passed around at gun swaps and on EBay for 100 years and still satisfy every gun addict out there.

Pratt is very low-empathy individual.  He has the demeanor of a cold-hearted killer and uses religious words like "evil" to justify his desire to have guns and fantasize about shooting an intruder in his house (and "evil" makes it sound like someone "has" something, when in fact evil denotes the absence of empathy).   Be very afraid when you face individuals like him.  When they have the backing of the gun manufacturer's money behind them, they are very dangerous. 

Here's one simple solution to America's gun problem:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I Want to Own a BIG Gun!

Here's the ultimate solution to America's gun problem:
  • If you're the type of person who desperately want to own a 'big gun' and use the 2nd amendment as justification, 
You can own as many guns manufactured before December 15, 1791, as you like.  Go nuts.

Most of us are blissfully blind to how many things the human brain can get addicted to. Things that give us bursts of pleasure cause addiction, which is followed by denial, then rage at that thing being taken from us. Owning a 'big gun', handling it, shooting it, talking about it, just thinking about it, is addictive, and many Americans (and others) are addicted to their guns, just as they are to tobacco and alcohol.

Once you recognize that gun manufacturers are manipulating an addiction, you will also realize it needs to be controlled, if not stopped, as addiction kills.

Read Drew Magary's piece on Gawker for insight into what the gun business is really all about, then join the silent majority and stand up against the manipulation of your fellow Americans weaknesses for the sake of profit. 

     Read a simple new law to end the insanity in America and around the world.

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Simple New Universal 'Law For All Laws'

Here's an simple new law for every country in the world:
"From this day forward, all laws, constitutional or other, will be applied based upon their original INTENT and the current needs of society, judged by general agreement within the judicial system, NOT by misinterpretations and selective interpretations of the wording of said laws or strict adherence to the historical, and as such no longer relevant, original circumstances for the creation of any particular law." 
If this was accepted practice in the US, the 2nd amendment, which was put in place ONLY to ensure a scattered and poorly organized volunteer militia was adequately armed to fend off a foreign invasion, would have long ago been deemed null and void as the development of a highly organized and well-armed military removed any need for the populace to own guns for anything other than hunting game.

Further, if the same principle of law was applied to religion, ALL of the misapplication of ancient 'religious guiding principles' (including the trotting out of the concept of 'being POSSESSED by evil' every time a mentally ill or narcissistic-psychopath does what their total ABSENCE of empathy motivates them to do) would end because everyone would be forced to judge the guiding principles based upon the historical circumstances (i.e. no true Government existed to enforce good communal behaviour) of the origins of these ancient principles (e.g. don't eat pork because we have no refrigeration or electric ovens with timers).

There is a point at which 'collecting' becomes obsession, which becomes insanity.

America's 2nd amendment faces exactly the same fundamental problem as the 1st, and the solution is just as simple...

     Link: When an angry insane person 'shoots off their mouth', no one dies.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

1st vs. 2nd Amendment? No One Loses Their Lives When an Angry Person Shoots Their Mouth Off

Her sister teaches at the  Newtown school.
The US has exactly the same problem with their constitution's 2nd amendment that they have with its 1st.  The problem isn't guns, nor is it free speech, it's crazy people.   When you 'guarantee' freedom of speech to all, the crazy ones start blogs spewing racial vitriol and their freedom of speech has to be curtailed for the good of the whole.

So I actually agree with America's right-wing-nuts on their notion that guns don't kill people, people kill people.  However I think the statement really should be:

Guns don't kill people, CRAZY people kill people.  

Where 'crazy' can mean an awful lot of things, from angry over being cheated on, to 'road rage' under the influence of a few beers, to temporarily insane, to desperate for a drug fix, to simply having very, very low empathy for other human beings (as was the case with Adam Lanz in Conneticut, an autistic in addition to being a nut-job).  Seriously.  Your average neighbour doesn't kill people, not even intruders on his/her property.  They might have a gun, but they're VERY hesitant to use it even in self-defense. 

     The Problem with Labeling People.

That woman down the street years ago who killed her abusive husband, THAT was self-defense.  Shooting some kid walking down the street with a handgun you had hidden in your waistband and who you chased and challenged, THAT is murder.  And murderers aren't 'normal folks', they are murderous -- that is to say, they are a bit excited by the prospect of using a gun to take the life of another person, ideally someone that isn't a member of their tribe.

When a father and son kill three daughters and an ex-wife by knocking them out, putting them in a car and pushing it into a canal, that isn't somehow justifiable or easier to understand because it is a 'cultural honour killing', to murder family members REQUIRES craziness.  The 'justification' is "I feel such a lack of empathy to other humans that I'm even capable of taking the life of my own children."  (Note Adam Lanza killed his mother first -- with the semi-automatic handguns SHE, a 'gun collector' had purchased legally, one supposes to defend herself and her sons from crazy people...) 

I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of Americans do not believe that the graph of crazy people in the US looks like this:

I'm pretty sure that they understand that the Crazy Graph ACTUALLY looks like this:

The problem is not that the 84% of Americans on to the left of this 'intensity of occasional rage spectrum' cannot resist killing their fellow citizens, the problem is that:
  1. Absolutely everyone on the planet is somewhere on the bell curve.
  2. No one can really tell where anyone else is on the curve until they snap.
What most of us never stop to think about is that if 1% of all humans is a certifiable psychopath (that means about 3.3 million Americans), then about 15% are pretty high up on the spectrum without going over the diagnostic 'tipping point'.  There is a WHOLE LOT OF CRAZY out there, folks.  From that seemingly sweet and quiet Adam Lanza, to the neighbour down your street. "Stuff like this does not happen in Newtown," said Renee Burn, a teacher at another school in the town that Lanza did the killing in, but all that means is that it just hasn't happened YET, statistically Newtown has as many nut-jobs as any place else on the planet.

    The 'Global War on Terror' is really just humankind's challenge to find and stop nut-jobs.

What is REALLY going on with American men who are 'in love' with their guns?  Guns make men feel extremely powerful.  Guns give any man who can lift one the ability to kill any challenger, of any size, instantly and without much effort.  Wow!  Now THAT makes any man feel powerful!  In fact, that little ego boost, that 8" of penis extension, is very, very tough to say no to once the constitutional change made in 1791 was 'enshrined'. 

Addiction is all about little momentary pleasures that, when repeated often enough, cannot be said no to, even when the consequences of repeating the momentary pleasure is unhealthy for the individual or the others in the addicts' tribe.  Not only is holding a gun a momentary penis-extending pleasure, JUST KNOWING YOU OWN ONE (or 20) is gratifying, over and over again, every time the owner thinks about it.  Guns ownership is an addictive pleasure: men playing with toys that make them feel good. 

Let's face it, laws are made to deal with issues that sometimes go away over time.  It used to be legal to keep slaves.  It used to be the law to repeat a Christian prayer when school started each day.  It used to be the law that husbands could rape and beat their wives.  It is STILL legal for incestuous pedophiles to hide behind the sanction of 'family privacy' to rape their children (until they get exposed).  Laws get passed when they seem to make sense, then cancelled when they no longer make sense.

Back in the late 1700's, Americans had come through two major wars that effected virtually EVERY single non-native American and meant that every household HAD to be armed:
  1. The British had claimed the territory as their own and had to kill off or subjugate the original inhabitants (who had taken to guns quite well and quickly), and...
  2. The newly enriched 'New Worlders' realized they could keep more money for themselves if they declared independence and went to war with the Brits.
In 1791, the 2nd amendment made a lot of sense.  Don't let your guard down!  Either the original land owners, or the second land owners, will take it back!  220+ years later, the only war that Americans are fighting on the soil they took over by force is 'The War on Christmas' and 'The War on Drugs', both of which are consequences of what America was based upon: immigration and free speech, and free enterprise -- supply and demand.

I'd say that the 1st amendment still makes sense.  With anti-hate laws and reasonable censorship of nut-jobs rants, freedom of speech is what keeps a democracy semi-honest (in Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper enforces a media black-out on most of his dealings and muzzles all his party members).  The problem with the 2nd versus the 1st amendment is that no one loses their life when an angry person shoots their mouth off. 
So, what MOST Americans want isn't being passed into law...
At issue is the fact that there are a LOT of gun owners who, on the bell curve of really sane to really crazy, are quite crazy about their penis-extensions.  They are not going to allow you to take away the source of so much daily pleasure without putting up as big a fight as an alcoholic would if you tried to pry a bottle out of his hands.

And DENIAL is the first sign of an addiction problem -- but in this case the addicts have an entire association, the NRA, backed by the money and subsequent power of all those gun and ammunition producing companies across the US, that does nothing but crank out lobbyists and propaganda 365 days a year to prevent any changes to the 2nd amendment.  They're not doing so out of any 'love of all that is American' (outside of the fact their businesses are capitalistic). they're just out to protect their sales volume and profits.  Like the tobacco, alcohol and snack/fast food industries, their fundamental business model is to manipulate human nature, to produce and sell something that people find extremely hard to resist.

The only thing constant is change, and it is time for a change in America's gun ownership policies because the crazies aren't getting any less crazy.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Singles' Bar Scene Role Reversal, Too Funny...

Really, if you have EVER in your life gone to a bar as a single, you have to smile at this one:

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Our "War" on the Human Brain

Drug-related Arrests in the US, 2009: CNN
We spend trillions attacking subsistence farmers, wiping out their meager crops and jailing poor people who are trying to follow 'the American Dream' and make some money any way they can because education is largely denied to them.

Here's my take on why our current approach can never work, because it is actually a war on the human brain's addiction pathway.  We start out by thinking: 
  1. The human brain gets addicted VERY easily, so addictive substances are bad, so we must stop the supply by criminalizing it.   
  2. The problem is, if even a teensy, tiny amount DOES get through and gets 'pushed' by low-empathy individuals to addict just a few, a ready 'free market' will have been established and supply will continue underground.  
  3. So the criminalization strategy is fatally flawed and must be abandoned as it is self-perpetuating -- it does literally NOTHING to stop the flow, it only increases the cost of the addictive substance, making it more lucrative to supply.
From 1920 to 1933 the US had a "War on Alcohol" and a bunch of entrepreneurs (criminals) made a LOT of money supplying the addictive substance until the government realised that they were spending tax dollars heavily to wage the war, yet missing out on all the tax revenue.  If we learned it did not work then, why the hell are we so enthusiastically doing it again? 

Interestingly, as in any war, there are a few who benefit BIG time from it.  In this case it is the extremely rich (1%) owners of the gun/ammunition manufacturing industry and the private prison business.  The profit being made by the US provoked 'drug supply route war' in Mexico has meant billions of dollars worth of arms have been exported into Mexico in the past decade. 

The more drug-related violence there is, the more a wide slice of male Americans want to hold onto their penis extensions (pun intended) and buy even more guns.  (BTW, gun 'collecting' lights up the addiction pathway in the collectors' brain the same way meth and crack does in their neighbours' brains.  That's the ultimate irony, isn't it?)

It's time to COMPLETELY rework the approach, because the war we're fighting is NOT on drugs, it is the human brain's addictive neural pathways.  Once a human brain gets addicted, trying to prevent access to the supply of the substance that brain is addicted to just pushes the flow underground, creating criminals and filling prisons.


Monday, December 3, 2012

World Peace: The End of Human Conflict Has Arrived

We now have the scientific knowledge about the genetic underpinnings of human behaviour that provides us with a formula to regulate (suppress) those who incite conflict. Here's a formula based upon recent research into the human brain and human consciousness that proves much of what we do/believe is based upon 'hard wiring':
  1. IF a deep-seated need to believe in religion is hardwired into our brains (
  2. AND so is fear of non-tribe members, identified visually (race, uniform) or behaviourally (religion, culture, nationality) (
  3. AND all of humanity's leaders who endorse/embrace conflict share the trait of very low-empathy combined with extreme self-interest (narcissistic-psychopathology)  (
THEN the majority of us can understand the roots of all human conflict and intervene with our democratic votes and social media voices to prevent it. 

By understanding our fundamental nature, the majority CAN come together to suppress those few individuals (and their hangers-on) who leverage our baser instincts to 'fire us up' to the point we are willing to kill each other just to benefit those same few.

Allow me to elaborate on my 'formula': 

1.  IF our human brains are hard-wired to invent/believe in religions, THEN those inventions/beliefs cannot have any basis in reality.
  • The evolution of our uniquely large, complex, brains brought about not only human consciousness (the ability to be introspective and imaginative) and an extremely social nature (necessary to protecting our slowly developing, vulnerable young), but along with these positive things for the majority, the fact that, given our brain's complexity, a fixed percentage of humans are born with/develop various mental disorders that lead them to do extremely harmful, insensitive things to other humans.  


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