There has been a lot of anguish in the news again the past two weeks, with two different shooting rampages.
I wanted to present three videos that offer some interesting perspective.
First, Al Jazeera-plus offers Sama Saeed giving the analysis “Replacement Theory Is Everywhere: Here’s Why” (May 26, 2022). She starts out by reviewing the history of claims about the threat of overpopulation that were popular in previous decades. She moves into the subject of climate change, with a rather blunt assessment that people in the world’s richest countries today are, by their consumption patterns, driving the carbon dioxide (and other) emissions. Along the way, she touches on the inevitable temptation for societies to slide into eugenics.
Of course, one of the dangers today is that a country (like Russia now, apparently) will decide that there is not enough room in the world for any but its own “superior” people. Indeed Putin deserves to be called “Putler”. That is one reason why the sovereignty Ukraine now, even though it was within the previous Soviet orbit and not part of NATO, can be so critical in preventive something like a pre-emptive nuclear or even EMP war now. This is what we call fascism now, and actually is a collective system, where loyalty to one’s own blood and soil is the demanded behavior (including giving it children).
So we come next the notion that replacement theory (even as Tucker Carlson presents it in terms of importing “obedient voters”) as an ideology itself is dangerous and driving mass shootings. It’s true, that in some of them, like Pittsburgh, New Zealand, El Paso, and Buffalo (recently) and Charleston SC in 2015, perpetrators have cited it. But in many other incidents, there were many other driving circumstances, essentially a personal nihilism, as with Uvalde, Parkland FL, Dayton (which was left-wing driven), Rodger (incel), and even Columbine. In a few cases, perpetrators have left “manifestos” of their ideologies, which often deal with personal failures and grievances more than with a specific alt-right ideology.
That leads us back to the resistance in the United States for consistent standards for background check or for limiting the possession of military-style weapons by civilians. Yet Trump tells his supporters, “The existence of evil is one reason to arm law abiding citizens.” Should you learn to use firearms to be a teacher?
Amy Goodman from Democracy Now interviews Robin Lloyd from Giffords.org. I remember the Giffords incident in Arizona in January 2011, the Saturday morning after my own return from a business trip.
The mere accumulation of weapons in the US makes the interstate problem almost uncontrollable. Compare that to Australia, a country with a lower population, with started a confiscation in 1996 after a single incident. Add to this the complication of 3-D printed or ghost guns, which often do not work reliably for long. On the other hand, I understand the desire of a citizen to defend themselves (incl. family), and there are rarer cases (like that of a pregnant mom in Florida shooting a home invader) where the strength of the weapon seemed necessary.
Finally, Dr. Todd Grande examines “Dangers of Cowardice” and the partial inaction of the Uvalde police, which held back at first. Grande describes cowardice as the “shameful inability to control fear with retreat from danger”. He says it is reasonable to expect less from police than military soldiers. But think about conscription (male-only, as with Selective Service registration now, 30 days after 18th birthday – so is 18 too young to own guns as a civilian?), and what is demanded of men (biological males) in Ukraine right now, over an idea of national and ethnic identity.
(Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 4 PM by John W Boushka)