Meaningless calls to ban assault weapons

The boilerplate response to a mass shooting is calling for a ban on assault weapons, which is meaningless, of course, in the murder culture of the US.

The proud ammophilic patriots dutifully oppose such calls but realize there is no real danger, because their voting power guarantees that legislatures will take no action that threatens their right to own hardware by which they assert their agency over the people they don’t want to be replaced by. America is fucked. Long live America.

LinedIn Deterioration Continues

I have indicated zero interest in creating or managing a YouTube Channel.

Why would I want my content to reside on a proprietary platform with a solid track record of hosting garbage interspersed with advertisements for criminals?

And this ”based on your interest in…” lie is on the level of Zuckerberg’s proven lies about who of your friends is a member of some group. When the goal is the creation of huge wealth, lying becomes acceptable. Lying is the new honesty.

US Gun Murder Illness is Terminal

Multiple murderer Crimo had been investigated for threats to murder people and had multiple weapons confiscated from him. He couldn’t be arrested because there was no written complaint. But even after that incident he was able to buy multiple guns legally. The red flag provision of the recent meaningless federal gun law only encourages and enables states to confiscate guns or prevent dangerous people from buying guns. It doesn’t compel them to do so.

Why? Because the states have ultimate say regarding allowing someone to own guns. And even if one state does the right thing, you only need one other state to be run by supporters of ammophilics. People are not stopped and searched for guns at state borders, nor should they need to be.

This whole situation is fucked up in the highest.

The US has a murder culture and not enough courage or intelligence to even admit that and fix it. Handwaving is all that is offered.

The US is broken and will probably stay that way.

From CNN:

(https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/05/us/robert-e-crimo-highland-park-suspect/index.html)

Police took knives from home after Crimo said he would kill people

In September 2019, Highland Park Police went to Crimo’s home after a family member reported that he had said he was going to kill everyone, according to Covelli.

“The threat was directed at family inside of the home,” he said.

Police confiscated a collection of bladed items — 16 knives, a dagger and a sword — but made no arrests because there were no signed complaints against Crimo. Highland Park Police did notify state police about the visit. Involuntary commitment wasn’t an option, Covelli said.

State Police Master Sgt. Delilah Garcia said they looked at whether Crimo had a firearm owner’s identification card that should have been revoked, but he had no card.

It Looks Like We Are in a Familiar Place in this Pandemic in Japan

As the government and businesses continue to talk about opening Japan up again and even some medical people are starting to talk about situations in which you might take off your mask, the report of new cases today was quite grim, and points to a definite rebound, even before the sixth wave had ended.

Weekday-on-weekday growth was 2.11-fold and 1.87-fold in Tokyo and the entire nation, respectively. The corresponding week-on-week average growths were 1.749-fold and 1.46-fold. Here is today’s result, as reported by Nikkei.

Delusion State of Mind

From BBC:

“New York has passed emergency legislation to ban guns from many public places, following last month’s landmark Supreme Court ruling which struck down the state’s restrictions.”

Well, we are just going to see arguments about what “public” means. My guess is that, until it is struck down by the gun-slingers on SCOTUS, NY might get away with banning guns in places owned and operated by the government. Shopping malls? I tend to doubt it would work. 

And:

“The rules also require gun buyers to prove they can use a gun and submit social media accounts for review.”

Earth to NY, come in please!

Social media accounts are, well, non-accountable. They can be created anonymously and operated anonymously. The people who think a rule like this would be meaningful are delusional.

Social media is a lawless and totally unregulated space where people can do whatever they want and with whatever name they might choose to use, with no accountability.

They’re not coming after your guns.

This is the boilerplate disclaimer made by US politicians who realize that, barring the reinvention of the US to eliminate the worship of the means for murder, they will not get reelected if people think that their guns are at risk.

As whites gradually see their position as the dominant caste eroded, their emotional attachment to their weapons increases. How else would they protect themselves and their family from “them?”

Which is not to say that “they” don’t have guns and use them. “They” ironically benefit from the same insanity about guns that has put guns in the hands of the dominant caste for so long.

I am very pessimistic about ever seeing a solution to this problem.

Inflation is getting worse, Biden is being blamed, and both houses will likely fall to the party that supports the right to own and use deadly weapons.

The repainting of both houses red will probably also mean a cutoff or serious reduction of support for Ukraine, which is being attacked by Trump’s good buddy in the Kremlin.

America Circling the Drain

Biden said he was shocked at the mass murder at a July 4th parade. What a stupid thing to say.

There have been mass shootings in the US every week this year. Someone shocked at a mass shooting would presumably be shocked at the occurrence of Monday each week. Mass shootings are expected and those expectations are reliably met.

Legislators live in justifiable fear of an armed cohort of SCOTUS-supported ammophilics, who would come after them if they actually tried to solve the gun pandemic.

That fear resulted in the passing of the recent meaningless gun law that encourages, but does not coerce, states to do something. That is totally meaningless handwaving. States control guns.

This problem will not go away. The murder culture and division along racial/ethnic lines is too much a part of the US. That division is encouraged and excused by delusional religious beliefs. It is here to stay. America is fucked.

No, just no.

I just looked at my screen and I see an article from Asia Times that starts with “The existential threat to Ukraine has passed, but battle continues at high intensity.”

Does the Asia Times think that it is acceptable and not an existential threat to have part of your country under control of an invading army? If so, they are batshit crazy or are actively working to promote a negotiated peace where Ukraine makes territorial concessions to Russia.

Pardon me for bringing things back to reality, but what we need here is a military victory over Russia.

I hate to be hard-nosed on this, but I have a history with Russia. While my contemporaries were in Vietnam fighting, I was occupied for four years fighting against Russia as a Russian intercept operator in various places.

The name of the Soviet Union was changed, but very little else has changed. The behavior of the country is not appreciably better than when it was called the Soviet Union, and a member of the old order rules over Russia to this day. A brutal dictatorship by any other name smells as bad.

We still have a dictatorship. We still have a dictator who thinks little of the civil liberties of his subjects.

Putin and his cohort of old-order rogues want to restore the old order. They must not be permitted to do that.

No easy cure—in fact, no cure—for America’s murder culture.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-62032964

The police in Ohio say the [murdered] suspect fired first, before they fired more than 60 rounds at him. Ok. He had a gun. Why did he have a gun? And why did they need to shoot 60 rounds at him after he left the gun in his car and fled?

Because America, that’s why. Because it’s a murder culture, that’s why. This sickness will not be cured until and unless the US is totally reinvented. That’s not going to happen.

The Supreme Court is packed with god-loving ammophilic cretins who uphold Americans’ rights to own and use lethal weapons to protect themselves against the disgrace of revealing that they’re useless pieces of shit. And that includes police who murder people because they felt threatened as a team of a half dozen armed cops by a guy later discovered to have left his gun in his car.

The police who did this are no better than the average thug with a gun who shoots up a bar, shoots his ex, or shoots people in a mall because he’s pissed off at something.

If owning a gun is a god-given right (as I’ve heard gun-nuts claim), god needs to be shot through his fucking head and left on the side of the road to rot. Enough.