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IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY


And Blinders

Why so many guns? It’s self-reinforcing.

I may buy a gun to have fun (what I call “cheap jollies,”) like a kid throwing rocks at a window. Or perhaps a bit more: It gives me a sense of power, action at a distance. And my friends feel the same way. Then someone gets killed and now I am afraid but my gun supplier is joyful for his fear of not making enough money is gone and he will do everything possible to reinforce my fear. And so more guns are sold.

And it happens with those of us who have no other parts of our lives to keep the fear from taking over, perhaps no profession or enough education.

And we fear the government, those liberaals who want to take our guns away. It feels like a 5-year-old: Mommy, he took my gun. Given enough time and other forces, it takes over. And the wrong approach is to nibble. A little law is felt like a runaway.

All the while the NRA keeps beating at it, stoking the fears that they will take my guns away.

Perhaps the best approach would be to take the guns away, outlaw them altogether and give a very few back slowly. All we have to do is get rid of the NRA. Fat chance.

Ultimately the only solution is taxpayer funded elections. Then the most important fear, not getting relected, goes away.

The gun maker: DANIELS DEFENSE

STRAIGHT FROM THE BARREL


CHEAP JOLLIES

QUOTE FROM DANIELS VIA NY TIMES:

“He has said that his gun company was born out of his poor golf game. Instead of puttering around the course, Mr. Daniel started using an AR-15 — the type of gun he would later go on to make — for target practice.

“Every shot he fired filled him with a satisfaction he’d never before experienced,”

the company’s website says.

THE CAUSE: NUTURE NOT NATURE

We are raised in a hatchery called a “family.” It drives into us the sensations that will give us the most pleaaure. Playing a chord on a piano is better, but you must be carefully taught. You‘ve got to be taught how to get your kicks......

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