Friday, 14 December 2012

The Problem With Society

In the past week....we've had two mass shooting episodes....so there's going to be massive chatter for the next week....over guns, homicide, mass shootings, Constitutional rights, and society.  Just some observations.

First, historically, in the 1960s....you can find one incident with a mass shooting....it just wasn't something that occurred on a yearly or monthly basis.  Somewhere in the seventies....we bumped up to a dozen incidents per year.  Over the past decade....there's at least a hundred episodes per year where some guy goes off the handle and shoots relatives, co-workers, friends, church-members, or just folks in a crowd.  If you notice....it's rare to never....where a woman does a mass shooting.  A gal might shoot a husband or boyfriend...but other than that, it never happens.

So you come to review testosterone.  If women don't do mass shootings....then a bodily function falls into play.  Some scientist guys will laugh over this, but you ask them to find the female mass shooters, and the numbers simply don't exist.

Second, rage and frustration are at the heart of each matter.  Some guy has lost the ability to control his emotions, and gone to the extent of bringing harm to others as his method of fixing the "problem".

Third, on any given day....we probably have 250k people in America....in some type of threat mode.  Simply by luck....you made it to McDonalds, the gas station, work, and got home....because none of those 250k folks launched into one of their tirades.

Fourth, a bunch of folks will run up and say automatic weapons are the culprit of the issues.  The truth is that shootings occur with small caliber guns and pistols just as much.  You could remove all heavy-grade automatic weapons tomorrow....and we'd still have mass homicides.

Fifth, we have a number of methods existing to deny you the opportunity to vote.  It's not written into the Constitution  but we invented various methods to take your vote away.  So, it would not be impossible to take away your right to a weapon.  Personally, the minute you've threaten someone and there's witnesses to the threat.....you probably ought to have your right to a weapon revoked for two years.  The threat of losing your right to a weapon....might make you think twice over making silly threats to the neighbors.

Sixth, some folks will argue that if everyone carried a weapon, then it's more likely we'd take down these guys quickly.  You could make another simple suggestion that every teacher ought to be armed.  Maybe every bus driver.  Eventually, you'd have two hundred million Americans walking around armed.  I'm not sure if this is a smart idea.

Seventh and final.....the original idea of a right to have a weapon came from the British concept of taking and storing weapons from a community, if they felt the owners could not be trusted.  Taking weapons away today.....invites people to ask who can they trust and who protects who.  Whatever fears existed in the 1770s....likely exists today.

Simple Observations

First, Greece has settled up it's own fiscal cliff business with a new tax rate for folks who make more than $55k a year....a 42-percent tax rate.  The curious side of this is that unemployment is rampant throughout Greece, with a roughly twenty-five percent rate.  Those guys don't have to worry about this change.  In fact....if you are holding a job and are lucky to just be making $20k a year.....you might be happy and overjoyed.  The guys making over $55k?  I'm guessing they are a bit angry and hostile, and working on another way to hide their income (like most Greeks).  We might want to stand back and watch this Greek thing more.

Second, the odds of Hillary running in 2016?  With a sixteen trillion dollar debt, which can only increase over the next four years.....I'm guessing that she won't see any real positives in making the run.  She'll make some speeches and prep for the event....but what is gained in running your own administration with a  probable twenty trillion dollar debt?  Unless she could whip up a magical formula for making massive cuts....the odds are against her.

Finally, according to the Mayan calendar....the world ends in roughly eight days.  There's been talk about this brewing for two years.  My best guess is that twenty million Americans actually think about this and worry to some extent.  Some young guys have convinced their girlfriends that it's best to hook up with them or marry.....because of the approaching end.  Some folks have bought thousands of dollars of canned food and expect a pretty radical period to start up.  The truth?  Some Mayan guys made a calendar that went on, and on, and on.....until it ended on 22 December 2012.  Well....to be truthful, thousands of calendar makers today make a traditional calendar that runs thirteen months and ends on 31 January of the next year.  Does anyone worry about the lack of another month or year on that regular calendar?  No.  So life just goes on.  And these Mayan guys are probably sitting back and having a good laugh.....if you ask me.