I am absolutely very concerned about school (or any other sort) shootings and I absolutely think that it’s a critical problem which we as a society must address.
Here’s my problem with the current rhetoric around these events:
I’m an Engineer and on the Aspie spectrum so I am incapable of operating based on emotion. I NEED Facts. I need measurable, verifiable, cold, hard, unforgiving Facts in order to construct a solution which might actually work, and those same facts say quite clearly that everything we’ve done so far has done nothing or has actually made the problem worse.
Ponder everything we’ve done to “control” this problem.
Now ponder the fact that during the exact same time frame where we added all these “controls” in the modern era (~1970 to Date) the frequency of these shootings has steadily and consistently INCREASED from once a decade to every other month. That’s an increase by a factor of ~130 even as the percentage of folks owning guns DECREASED by ~30%. Any sane person would expect (IF the availability of guns were the actual cause) the two percentages to track together, yet we’re seeing the exact opposite of that in real life.
Let me say that again because the #DamnedFacts matter:
These shootings INCREASED by more than a factor of a hundred during the EXACT same time period that the percentage of families owning guns DECREASED by 30 percent.
According to one of the smartest guys to live on this dirt ball; the very definition of insanity lives in those who repeat the same actions but expect a different result each time. The results thus far speak for themselves.
These Facts tell this Engineer that one of two conditions exist:
- Reducing the percentage of folks who own guns is either causing, or is part of, the problem. Or.. (More likely)
- The percentage of folks who own guns has absolutely nothing to do with what is causing of the problem.
So now what do we do?
An Engineer will look at the OTHER conditions which could feed the problem..
In this case I’d start looking at how stressed individuals react to stressors and how folks with poor coping skills react to those stressors. I’d look at the totality of the lives of the vanishingly small percentage of folks who nut up this way and start asking questions about how I’d feel subjected to those conditions. (Yes, it really sucks that the “simple” “solution” doesn’t actually work! Sorry. Now let us figure out what might work and try that.)
First I’d recognize that it really is a vanishingly small percentage of folks who nut up this way. At MOST it’s a few dozen out of some 324 million people, and that’s spread over a period of almost 3 decades. This isn’t to minimize the deaths they caused, but to recognize that it’s a vanishingly small percentage of our population which is less than (6.17 E-7) or 0.000000617% of people who commit these atrocities. Even if we look at only gun owners we’re still below (1.85 E-6) or 0.00000185% of the population of gun owners.
Here’s where I’d start looking:
I’d look at the planned and designed increase in income and wealth inequality such that where ordinary citizens once owned almost 80% of stocks and now its 50% because we no longer have any cash to spare. Why less than half of Americans are investing in the stock market
I’d look at the imposed rules in their lives and their ability or inability to control the stressors which drive them around the bend.
I’d look at their life history for things like systemically imposed poverty, being bullied, abusive bosses or spouses and whether their bullies/abusers were ever made to pay any price, and similar factors.
I’d look at whether they were punished for physically defending themselves against a bully or an abuser.. Which idiocy we seem to be doing in schools right now.
A short course in diagnostic logic:
In troubleshooting there’s a principal called “Divide and Conquer” which is the process of identifying the symptoms and then dividing the set of inputs based upon what could or could not cause those symptoms, then you discard those parts which couldn’t be the cause and focus only on those parts which could be the cause.
We know that guns, in and of themselves, are not the cause because we’ve measured the decrease in percentage of folks who own guns over the three decades when the frequency of shootings INCREASED by factor of 130 or so. That means we need to look at OTHER parts of the circuit for the failure point causing the symptoms.
Science and Engineering Principles do not lie. Ever.
Mainstream “News” Media absolutely DOES lie by both Commission and by Omission. Constantly.
What I find particularly interesting in this discussion is that only two “approved” positions are allowed to be discussed in any length on MSM around this issue:
- Guns are bad and you need to think of the CHILDREN!
- Paws OFF my guns!
What’s also interesting is that these two positions (which are the ONLY positions allowed to gain any traction on any MSM outlet) are the absolute most extremely polar opposite and divisive positions available.
I believe that is intentional; and given that just 5 multinational corporations own about 95% of all our media outlets outright, via a chain of “Russian Doll” style shell corporations, it would be fairly easy to do.. If it proves to be intentional then its also gaslighting.
Chart from article
It’s high time we all step out of this gaslighting, turn OFF those all the fucking idiot boxes, and start asking LOUDLY:
”Who profits from this shit?!”
Hint: It ain’t any ordinary citizens.
Essentially the current rhetoric from media and our government is blaming the ax because Lizzie Borden’s mom got 40 whacks. Let’s address the real problems here so we can find effective solutions!