Chandler, Arizona, United States
There's an old saying. If you don't want someone to join a crowd, you ask them, "If everyone were jumping off of a cliff, would you?" Well, I have. So my answer would be "Yes". True story.
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Modern Conspiracy Theorists Part Two: Obama Did it to Take Away Your Guns
with love from CRS @ 1:53 PM
this entry brought to you by fiona apple, "paperbag"
i wrote this all as one big entry, and when i finished, i'd written over 3100 words, and decided to break it up into three parts. to read part one, just go ahead and read yesterday's entry.
Here's the thing. Since the attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords, I have counted seven-- seven!-- mass shootings. There was one in June in a mall in Toronto. There was one in May in Seattle. There was one in April in Oakland. There was one in Florida in March. There was one one Christmas of 2011 in Texas. And now this one. And that's just in the last six months.
But if Obama was going to take away your guns, if he had this sinister plot to unleash a second amendment wiping bill that he'd been hiding in secret, and all he needed was a horrific event to get the nation outraged and in shock...
Wouldn't he have done it when a fucking Congresswoman was almost assassinated?
If Obama really did want to wipe the second Amendment clean, he is really fucking bad at it, because not only has he and the rest of the Democractic party done absolutely nothing to restrict guns, these mass shootings have only continued after Gabby Giffords was almost assassinated! When is he going to get around to doing it? "Maybe juuuuuuuuuust... Thirteen or fourteen more staged mass shootings, and WHAM! That's when we'll do it. When we get around to it. Or whatever. What were we talking about again?"
Seriously. If Obama wanted to take away your second amendment rights, don't you think the moment Gabby Giffords spoke her first word after being shot, Obama would've shat himself in pure ecstasy for having a soundbite he could put on the air over and over again, a poster child for his nefarious plans? Wouldn't he have waited until the moment she looked like she was going to survive, then trot her image around to press meetings to unveil how we really can't have any guns anymore? And don't you think, in the history of America, the time when you'd get the most amount of people in Congress who support gun rights to give in and go to your side would be the moment one of their own was almost fucking murdered?
Let me put it this way. The right wing and their weapons manufacturing masters had been dying to go to war with the Middle east for at least 15 years, had tried to get Clinton to do it, and were just looking for any excuse to convince America we needed to invade. Now, 9/11 wasn't an inside job-- come on, now. But we know that they used 9/11 as an excuse to dive into their pet project. But George Bush didn't fart around for a year and a half after 9/11 saying "So uhm... I've been thinking. We want to go to war with Iraq. You know. Because of 9/11." No, within weeks they were talking about Saddam Hussein having something to do with it.
But there's a reason why I think there is something more insidious about this idiotic conspiracy theory than "9/11 was an inside job". When 9/11 happened, we were attacked by an enemy that we, as Americans, just don't understand. We don't understand fundamentalist Muslims. Hell, we don't understand Muslims. We don't understand the thousand years of conflict, we don't understand a culture that has perpetually always been at war since the entirety of its existence, and worse, we don't recall the West's repeated attempts to try to wipe out or assimilate this culture for the past 1,000 years. We might as well have been attacked by Mars, for all we understood about it. Collectively, we didn't understand our enemy or its motivations. You know what we did understand? Governments. We understand how they work, we understand that they have a dark underbelly.
What's disgusting about this conspiracy theory is that you might as well blame the Devil for what happened. The Government is just this unanswerable monolithic thing that you can't do anything about. Really, if the government is willing to kill innocent people to take away your fucking guns, then what are you to do? I'll tell you what you do: entrench yourself. Just as you would if Satan were behind it. You can't do anything about Satan, all you can do is dig yourself deeper and more firmly in all the shit you already believe.
But it belies any sort of responsibility. You know what might actually have been what did this? The very society paranoid and sick enough to think the government did this just might be the paranoid, schizo society that can create this sort of monster and continues to create them. This kind of thing isn't just some random thing anymore. This is a horrific, recurring symptom of our society. We are creating it. And how could we not? We're paranoid, we're stressed, we're increasingly closed off from one another and do not communicate one on one, we're image obsessed, overly medicated narcissists, a culture where youth say they want to be "Famous" without any idea of what they'd be famous for.
We did this. Not directly, and maybe you are trying your best to fight this, because I know I am, and I'm not saying we deserve this. But this is a product of our increasingly shattered and fragile psyche. Saying "Obama sent this crazy person to kill innocent people" will never get us any closer to the root of the cause, in a cure for the symptom, because it is ignorant of its own responsibilities. Our society is creating these monsters, somehow, and if we keep looking for conspiracies and allow these disgusting ideas to grow and attach themselves to more people, all we're going to do is increase the breeding ground for whatever cesspool is making this.