a reply to: 3n19m470
Interesting angle to approach this from.
The issue of mass shootings is pretty complex though. Its not like everyone who decides to go out and kill a bunch of people, does so because someone
at their work aggravated them, or because they were fired or some such thing. Some perpetrators of such crimes have connections to the victims, as in
the case of the Columbine High shooting, its true. But very often, increasingly often, the victims of mass shooters are totally unfamiliar to the
perpetrators, because the perpetrator is intent on murdering something those victims represent, rather than murdering the individuals themselves. For
example, the recent shooting at the synagogue was an event in which it would not have mattered which particular synagogue was being hit, because for
the perpetrator, the potential victims within would have registered as the same value. It would not have made much of a difference to Anders Behring
Breivik, whether he shot those kids on an Island, or in a tower block, or down a mine shaft, because the location was not important, and the
victimology only matters in so far as it identifies the thing those kids represented to the perpetrator. He had no personal quarrel with any of those
individuals, had never met them, did not know them, did not know their names or their life stories.
The same is true of the Las Vegas shooter. He knew none of the victims, he had no idea who, specifically, would be present in the crowd he fired down
onto. And in fact, that case is perhaps one of the strangest to me, because there was no unifying thing that identified all of those people he shot
at, as a group under one banner or one belief, about as close to a totally random victim pool as you could get.
What I am driving at, is that mass shooters and a decline in customer service are pretty far apart from one another, and I believe if you were to
examine the figures involved in both, that there would be very few lines of intersection on a graph, or overlaps on a Venn diagram that would connect
them. Sure, there are going to be those folks who get fired from a job and go shoot the place up, but the ones you hear the most about, are those in
which there is no reason, there is no sense, there is no connection between victim and perpetrator, other than the bullets that passed from the
possession of the perp, to the unwelcome possession of the victim.
But you are right in saying that none of these shooters ever go after the ACTUAL source of the problems in society. Corporatism is a massive problem
in society, and that's a point which even attracts attention in a bipartisan situation, because both lefties, and those right wingers capable of
reason, understand the danger posed by corporatism and those who advocate for it. However, you never see anyone performing a mass shooting at a
private gala, attended by corporate bigwigs. You never see anyone attempt a mass murder at a trade show, or at the stock market, or at the offices of
some shady company involved with speculation, high volume trading, or one of the more casino like banking institutions. And yet, most of the problems
that actually effect regular people, start and end at that level.
Now, it may well be the case that the reason we never see that echelon being attacked, and understandably attacked, is that being smart enough to
know the REAL source of threat in society, renders those who know this fundamental truth immune to the sort of utter stupidity that is involved with
performing a mass murder of any kind, even against a target which LEGITIMATELY threatens ones way of life. It honestly seems to me, that in order to
be stupid enough to commit mass murder, you also have to be stupid enough to be wrong about the sources of danger in the world, stupid enough to
believe that people of differing gender, sexuality, race, colour, or religious beliefs, are a threat to your way of life.
These things of course, cannot be a threat to a way of life which has value and merit to it, whereas corporatism not only can threaten life and
liberty, but is threatening both right now, all over the world. It is responsible for the fact that governments do not function to the exclusive
benefit of the regular citizen, as opposed to the companies operating within a territory, responsible for the fact that the wage gap continues to grow
without any actual reason to do so, the fact that the babies born today, like those born fifteen to thirty years ago, will NEVER be able to afford to
live anywhere again, as long as unsustainable growth is considered more valuable to the stock market than predictable, glacially slow growth, which is
healthier for economies in the long run, because it involves no boom or bust.
The very reason our lives as citizens in the western world are the way they are, specifically, the very reason they are as trying as they are despite
our apparent advantages over the rest of the world, all boil down directly to corporatism, government being penetrated by and co-opted by corporate
entities, rather than solely obedient to the needs and will of the regular citizen. But no one is going to be shooting up the source of that problem,
because again, in order to be smart enough to know the real threat, you have to be far too damned smart to commit mass murder.