Friday, July 8, 2016

Guns, Cops and Social Conditioning

94 million Americans are not in the labor force.  There is work to be done, but if people want to be employed by someone else, we are short 94 million jobs in a country of 350 million people.  We got here by social conditioning.  And capitalism and democracy. We need freedom.

The killings in Dallas are a direct result of police killing blacks.  Police killing blacks is nothing new, but catching it on film is certainly new.  It sickens and outrages when we actually see it. What is also new is the abject fear police have of guns.  That is social conditioning, and it is not limited to police.  It's not the gun you have to worry about, it's what a person with a gun is doing with it.

When I was growing up, people did not fear guns.  Everyone had them in their homes.  I knew where 3 or 4 guns were at any given time in my house, and the family would take day trips up to the mountains to go shooting.  In some city parks there were open municipal shooting ranges for family shooting outings.

My father was a prof in a small liberal arts college, and he was armed every day.  Back then profs wore a jacket and tie, so no one knew he had a 38 police special on his hip, and being a Southern man, he had a 22 long Derringer on his ankle, in case he got jumped.  But then the school had a shooting competition team, and just as sometimes a student might have a tennis racket with him in class, so a shooting team member might have a rifle.  No one thought twice.  And I can name a half dozen other profs who were armed, simply because some people prefer to be armed.  And it's none of your business.

No one shot us schools back then, since they were not "gun-free zones."

I recall seeing people walk into banks with a gun on the hip, obviously a merchant making a sizable cash deposit.  No one worried.  It's not the gun, it's what is the person with a gun doing.

Back then there was no 911.  You had to dial the police department if you wanted police help.  Cops were probably slower back then than they are now, but no one cared, because enough people were armed to deal with problems. It seems to me there was a balance between troublemakers and gun carriers. And troublemakers had no idea who was armed.  A neighborhood pharmacist was being robbed when the robber took the pharmacist outside with him to the getaway car, for whatever reason.  My friends dad had the robber in his rifle sights from a roof across the street, waiting for the robber to do something threatening with the gun.  No fear of the gun, but ready to ice a robber if he made a threat. That is how people thought back then.

Like now, back then criminals had no problem getting guns.  The problem for criminals was so many civilians were armed.

 I know cops from back then.  There was none of this fear of the gun, it was watch the person.

There is probably not much we can do, what goes around comes around, and the racist, elective, fun time for-profit wars in the Middle East inevitably have to come back here.  Military trained cops killing blacks like ISIS being killed by military trained black snipers.  Weren't we just idolizing snipers a year or two ago?  Not so cool when we are the targets.

We've got tougher, systemic problems than just law-enforcement murder.  With Hillary walking, we know that voting doesn't count.  The Bush wars we voted against are now the Obama wars. We are descending a bit more into chaos with the Dallas shootings.  (But then we did with the last big Dallas sniper shooting, when JFK got it. These things take time.)  Historically, people escape to anarchy from chaos, and then things can improve.  By then the social conditioning has been cleaned off.

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