Guns, Guns, Guns…and Triggered Incels.
The maddening gun debate in America is basically meaningless. The partisan circus is essentially nihilistic and only aids and abets the weirdo triggermen and assassin incels.
As America grieved once again over mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, the usual, platitudinous commentary got inked and predictable fault lines emerged. Dems agitated for stricter gun laws and pummeled President Trump’s ‘racist rhetoric’ (the El Paso punk, now in police custody, had echoed the far right’s depiction of a ‘foreign invasion’ and other xenophobic ticks; the dead as a doorknob slayer in Ohio, slinging a long rifle with a 100-round drum mag, was fond of Elizabeth Warren and environmentalism. Go Figure!).
Conservatives and firearms fanatics referenced the shooters’ mental health foibles, implying little could be done. The POTUS rightly condemned white supremacism and called for an immediate fight against internet bigotry and hate. It’s all a clusterfuck racket at this point with the media and political classes pointing fingers and trying to leverage human pain for political gain (Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker and Joe Scarborough have been particularly incendiary — fuck them!).
Politicians and cultural pundits blame Trump in the wake of those wicked mass shootings, ignoring the real crisis of alienation of America’s young men and women. Youth culture today is especially wrecked, with millions of millennials and post-millennials feeling trapped in a stagnant dystopia; they are spring-loaded and can lash out at any moment in spectacular, Planet Terror-style violence, channeling their fiery rage for the sake of brute-force nihilism and crazed conspiracy politics.
We basically live in a culture where anything goes and nothing matters. Just watch HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ or listen to the Democratic Socialists of America to get a sense of the all-consuming estrangement, entropy and polarization engulfing everyone. Ugh. As one sage recently put it, “For many, there is no armature left to hang a life on, no communities, no fathers, no mentors, no initiations into personal responsibility, no daily organizing principles, no instruction in useful trades, no productive activities, no opportunities for love and affection, and no way out. This abyss of missing social relations is made worse by the everyday physical settings for everyday lives based on nothing.”
Empirical findings from data scientists Jillian Peters and James Densley demonstrates the following: First, the vast majority of mass shooters experienced early childhood trauma and exposure to violence at a young age. Second, every mass shooter had, at some point, reached an identifiable crisis point in the weeks or months leading up to the shooting. Third, most of the shooters had analyzed the actions of other shooters and sought validation for their motives and confirmation of their own biases. And fourth, the shooters all had the weaponry to carry out their killing sprees — legally purchased or otherwise. Other factors include family dynamics, cultural change, rap music, video games, diet, drugs and, critically, political affiliations. Read the study here.
Weirdly, mass shootings tend to come in clusters, according to the data. They are socially contagious and follow a viral pathway. Shooters study other shooters and model their acts on visibly famous carnage — especially the well-documented, media-obsessed massacres. Obviously weapons need to be better controlled, through age restrictions, permit-to-purchase regs, universal background checks, safe storage mandates and red-flag laws — measures that help restrict firearm access to vulnerable individuals or broken souls who would go on a rampage.
Philosophically, the shootings are a function of ‘metaphysical subjectivism’ — the belief that reality is not a firm absolute, but a fluid, plastic, indeterminate realm which can be altered, in whole or in part, by the consciousness of the perceiver — i.e., by his/her feelings, wishes, whims or personal politics. Nothing is sacred, everything is vulgar, and our cultural vectors are veering toward an anything-goes-nothing-else-matters ethos. If it feels good, just do it. If it feels bad, do anything to feel good — oxycodone, incel ‘black pills,’ self-pity and ultra violence included.
There are already too many firearms on the loose coupled with kids jacked on freakish ideologies, pepped up on amphetamines, living in flavorless backcountry cul-de-sacs, withdrawn and without friends, suffering from poor mental/emotional health and armed with a video game conception of power flexing and purging.
For a huge portion of the population, life is a fickle, fluctuating amoral hologram with grandstanders and Presidential wannabes showcasing their incompetence and signalling their discordant virtues. The result: kinetic, concentric negative feedback loops adding to the sweeping demoralization of everybody else. This, of course, equals the cube root of fuck all plus a Pandora’s Box of extremism plus a perpetual shoot ‘em up mentality à la Pulp Fiction, Grindhouse, Friedrich Nietzsche, Fight Club and bourgeois narcissism. Expect more bloodlust and no sleep.
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