Gun Owners Need To Police Themselves

I think gun owners can and should play a role in identifying potential mass killers. We’re the people who will in some way encounter a lot of murderers before they act, and we know what stands out. When it’s appropriate, we need to discuss relevant facts with the proper authorities. That’s not to say we should report anyone and everyone for anything that looks mildly odd, but if you have a gut feeling that something is wrong, you should act on that feeling.

8 thoughts on “Gun Owners Need To Police Themselves”

  1. The problem is, a lot of us gun owners are not afraid to get blustery over “cold dead hands” and the like… Many of the discussions I have on a regular basis with other gunnies are things that had I heard 10+ years ago, I would have been REALLY worried about.

    1. Yeah, I think it just takes some judgment/intuition to separate the internet bluster from the real possibility of a threat.

    2. Yeah, I was talking with a fellow seller in a gun show and got flak for saying “if something doesn’t feel right, don’t sell it” I was told it wasn’t my place to decide that, leave it up to the police

    1. Oh, and I like the fireside time with Mr. Tuohy theme…..”we’re just hanging out by the fire…..deep thoughts…ya know”.

  2. We didn’t seem to have these mass school shootings before 1968, when you could mail-order an M1 carbine (or AR-15 for that matter). We didn’t have them before 1934, when you could get an actual Thompson, no questions asked. That’s an inverse correlation. Does this mean that more restrictive laws are actually causing these shootings?

    No.
    So what has changed?

    Both of the recent shooters (Aurora and Newtown) were on psycho-active meds, meds whose side effects are completely consistent with what they did. This sort of thing was not the case historically – the drugs in question didn’t exist, and young adult behavior wasn’t usually dealt with by chemical intervention. I can’t recall anyone being on any meds except maybe insulin, when I was in school in the 50s and 60s,. Nowadays, they seem to have school vending machines for psychoactives.

    So why were the shooters on these meds? Many would point to the tendency of modern medicine to throw drugs at everything, including behavior. That’s part of it.

    Blaming the psychiatrist overlooks what I suspect is the real problem: what is the root of the behavioral problem? I’m going to suggest that it results from a common food product that has morphed, over the past few decades, into a pervasive health threat, including significant brain effects: semi-dwarf hybrid wheat.

    The book “Wheat Belly” (Dr. William Davis) appears to be a diet book. It’s not. It’s a scientific horror story, with recipes. It chronicles how the wheat has changed since 1960 (hitting full stride in 1985, and now contaminating over half of all packaged foods). And a major theme in WB, supported by cites from the lit., is the role of wheat in schizophrenia and other mental disorders.

    Got a kid with a behavioral problem? Get them off wheat for month and see what happens. Do they have a knee-jerk reaction to the suggestion of dropping wheat? Oh, yeah, it’s addictive too.

  3. I think you should have named this post “People need to police themselves” rather than specifically target gun owners. You really don’t need a fire arm in order to notify someone of something suspicious or worrying.

  4. I’m thinking a good thing would be to require gun owners or other responsible adults to vouch for someone who wants to buy weapons useful for mass slaughter, such as semi-automatic rifles or handguns.

    If said person flips, they’d go to jail or pay fines, but it wouldn’t count as a felony, just as a consequence.

    Wouldn’t hurt, forcing gun people to know each other more. Few of the spree-killers in history were well-adjusted seemingly normal people.

    Charles Whitman maybe.. before he got his brain tumor..

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