snoqueen wrote:Note to Snoqueen. I have never claimed that guns are the answer to society's problems. I have repeatedly maintained throughout my time writing on the Daily Page that the answer to the problems include improved economic conditions, a vigorous educational system, a more effective judicial system, a strong mental health program, and people caring about each other and not ignoring warning signs in family members and close friends.
In regards to crime, guns are only a possible last-resort solution, regrettably, to the immediate problems faced by individuals in certain unfortunate situations that perhaps would not occur with such frequency if there were improvements in the areas listed above. I repeat, the problems faced by individuals, not society as a whole.
I would appreciate you not continuing to present a distorted caricature of my opinions.
I didn't mean to. Incomplete, maybe, but not distorted. I can agree a whole lot of other social changes are part of the solution, and it's helpful to note individual solutions are not societal solutions until some critical mass is reached, and I don't think it's been reached here. I hope we don't do anything to nudge it closer to the line, any of us.
When I read the bio of the Milwaukee shooter, I saw that he'd had a really sad life with a lot of rejection, family stuff, other grief from start to finish. A lot of people would wind up with mental health problems coming from a background like that. Maybe mental health problems isn't the right term and I should say a lot of anger, sadness, and hate. I have no idea how anyone could help give an individual like that something positive to live for. For some, religion is an answer. It's interesting to note he decided to shoot up the meeting place of a religion that seems to have a lot of internal strength and a strong community: exactly what he himself was missing.
I haven't read that much about his background, but once I heard "white supremacist" "neo Nazi" and terms like that I figured I knew about as much as I cared to know about him. I agree that only something fundamentally messed up on a number of levels produces people like that. I suppose in it's own way the subculture of hate groups fulfills the need for a "community" that you mention.
Yes, guns may--- only may-- be the last resort to solve individual problems. If societal problems are best solved with gun then society has really reached a wretched point. Apparently the societal problems of Syria have reached the point where they're solved by guns. We're a long way from that and hopefully will always remain so.
An incomplete characterization of my views is in itself a distorted view. Just my two cents.