Overall, during the current crisis a few acceptable and somewhat distinct trends are emerging in relation to the management of violence. While these trends play out, the need for comprehensive gun control is becoming much more necessary. The acceptable positions are as follows:
- More guns more freedom defend the second amendment
- Restrict citizens rights to own guns
- Provide a greater range of mental health options
For decades, second amendment crusaders have been victorious in defending and pushing guns for all. Or at least for most, felons are excluded completely and if you are non white you don’t want to get caught with a gun, legal or not. But for most, the ease of obtaining a weapon is widespread and a part of the American cultural landscape.
There are many parts to this cultural lexicon with the Second Amendment being just one. American wealth and dominance is another part, a part that is currently in massive crisis. And within this crisis certain cultural characteristics are beginning to fracture and blur. They are doing so out of necessity in order to maintain economic and overall social normality.
Massive concentrations of wealth demand sacrifice by those without it
If any point is made here it’s that during times of mass crises, those in power will stay in power by sapping the life of those with none. The upper classes will use violence and propaganda in order to suppress any threat. Let’s be real here, last week unions were stripped of their power in Michigan! Michigan, the most recent historical home of fighting unionism. The originator of the sit down strike! What was the narrative that emerged? Violent union workers rip down tent because they didn’t get what they want.
When markets and capital are in crisis they will dictate what is needed for survival. And when necessary, the state will follow through on these needs.
Advocates for the second amendment state that if everyone had a gun there would be much less worry for mass violent homegrown tragedy. The acceptable gun control argument is generally hysterical, such as “we have had enough of this, its time to ban guns.” And even though the vast majority of gun control arguments are emotional, the core element is correct:
Banning guns will get rid of gun violence
For the past 20 years the proliferation of mood altering medication has skyrocketed. So much so that different classes of mental disease have been created. Much of this medication and diagnosis has been designed to help individuals navigate through the modern American cultural milieu. The problems that crisis creates exacerbates the unique problems that are already present in the average American citizen. For the past 20 years the sink or swim, work hard, bootstrap mentality has experienced increasing strain. And with that strain comes:
Not just stress on the average individual but extreme stress on anybody that does not fit in. The propaganda dictates that you need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, and if you can’t, society owes you nothing. So the problem/solution is:
Capital dictates that if you do not fit within the markets, you have no use for society. And it is capital that creates the solution, medication.
But now, this solution is failing, medication is no longer able to cope with the increasing stress imposed from the current crisis. More and more people are beginning to crack and with it there is an increasing strain on the social fabric that may be, at this moment in time, unacceptable. You could make the argument that mass tragedies inject fear that is overall positive for the markets. Although, with the quick 24 hour news cycle, tragedy is mostly just an impediment to spending.
The only solution to the question of random violence if you support the status quo, the current incarnation of American society and capital is gun control.
Medication has failed, second amendment arguments will not combat stress and you can’t monitor everyone at all times, yet. There is no acceptable solution that does not appease the march of wealth. There is no market for less work and more play as a means to combat stress. Criticizing the isolation of mass technology and the extreme toll it enacts on your body is counterproductive to the American Dream.
We need to take away guns from people who can’t physically and mentally handle what we support any longer.