Is there a distinction between killing, killing and killing
We have saturated our lives with violence and gore – in the news, in the movies, in video games, in hunting, in dog fights, in cock fights, in our agriculture industry, in wildlife “management” … on TV, in films, on Facebook, on YouTube, and in some warped, twisted, insane, way… we call the blood fests “entertainment” or “business as usual”.
I keep hearing media mentioned the long history and culture of our country and its relationship with “guns” … and yet no one says —- yeah, but you can’t look backward and make any comparison – our world in every sense is different. The culture of death has been nurtured. You have magazines that worship the killing of animals, skinning and disemboweling, of a beautiful animals that was slaughtered for no reason other than the person wanted to kill.
You have an industry that is churning out weapons en masse … and accessibility for anyone who passes a cursory “check” … that are more deadly, more sophisticated, and designed expressly to do the greatest damage possible. Again, the collection and ownership is considered “a right” and I say – why would anyone want to have that weapon to start with? Where are you going to use it? How are you going to use it? What motivates you to want this type of weapon.
How can we wonder why we have students who have just been part of, and witnessed, a mass killing and yet calmly speaking to the media about it in a dispassionate tone. That is staggering. No one, especially a young person, should be so detached that their response is so unemotional. I didn’t see “shock” … I saw distance.
Yes – it is a gun … and for me it is more than just about a gun – it is a reflection of the VIOLENT CULTURE OF DEATH IN THIS COUNTRY and the glorification of it.
We have GLORIFIED KILLING and DEATH … and we have made it “acceptable”.
As a staunch animal and environmental advocate of more than 50 years … I am so damn angry at how little progress has been achieved here, and globally, in our re-evaluating how we collectively “do things”. What you are about to read may sound familiar … like the techno thriller “The Andromeda Strain” … and other such pieces. I’m sorry to tell you … it’s real. This is something we all need to be aware of – and make sure it is change. If I had children … I would be worried.
My most recent investigative research is on the E.coli O157:H7 strain. If I consumed meat (of any type) – I would never eat another piece just based on what I have learned in reading USDA, FDA, CDC, Johns Hopkins University research documents (that I am going to be posting on this blog for your casual enjoyment as attachments/links) as I quote their words – that clearly indicate the risk of self-inflicted disease on our population based on things we are doing to ourselves through our practices in agriculture. It’s staggering. The fact more haven’t died is a lucky thing. I am stunned at what I am reading that is hidden in plain sight. It also becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Population consumes very bad stuff every day in fast food joints, meat markets, and our vegetables and fruits. Wouldn’t you be alarmed to know that our food is contaminated by our very own agriculture department – the USDA – and the practices attached to raising cattle for slaughter. In fact, one of the papers clearly states that our slaughter practices INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD OF TRANSMISSION OF E.COLI O157:H7 INTO THE FOOD CHAIN BY THE THINGS WE INFLICT ON THE ANIMAL EN ROUTE TO SLAUGHTER. It’s in their own frigging words.
The reason this particular outbreak peaked my interest to pursue was because of my experience dealing with E.coli as an animal issue. I have enough knowledge about the virus and its properties that it came down to WHAT THEY WEREN’T SAYING that alarmed me. Claiming to be unable to identify point of origin or even distribution (when SoCal is the largest producer of Romaine in North America) shipping to Canada and US. Absolutely no mention of how did this particular ‘resistant’ strain – unlike any other E.coli strain, get on the vegetables … and how long has this been happening or was this a first. The CDC and FDA were very careful to say Romaine and other “leafy vegetables”) when Canada clearly said ROMAINE. All they kept saying was nothing of substance.
Many know how I feel about murder – but murders that I call cold killings. These guys are the scourge of the earth. They had dead eyes – like sharks. They killed a dog earlier – and when that wore off… they killed a person who didn’t have a clue what hit him. My brother was killed in a similar manner. The person who killed him, killed for fun. There is a sector of our society that is drugged with violence. This killing just increased their street worth in their twisted, useless lives that contribute nothing the betterment of humanity. They are the ultimate parasite. They are the scum. Don’t bother trying to “reform”. Sentence to life in prison, with the finest of food, best medical support, total comfort in summer and winter, so that they live a very very long time – in total silence. That should be the sentence – that they are never spoken to again. Nothing will ever make sense to Chris Lane’s family… nor should it. These were the scum we have to deal with on planet earth. Scum have varying levels —- and even people in 3-piece suits can be scum. It’s all about the soul … and they are soulless.
I am opposed to assault weapons or automatic weapons except in a military environment. Since there has never been a time of true *peace* in the world… people that enlist in the military understand that there is a 50/50 chance they will engage in lethal combat. Unfortunately, we have to look at the BIG picture here. Since the 1980’s I have told people about a magazine run out of Switzerland called Armada. It is the magazine of every piece of weaponry that has been built by any country and manufacturer – for purchase. Want a tank? Fact is if we are going to have a real discussion about gun control —- it’s an onion with lots of layers. Killing machines are part of a global industry. Go check out http://www.armada.ch/
We as a global society have appended different meanings for killing and the type of killing. In some cases we sanitize it – as a source of justification. That is particularly true of hunters. One favorite is… ‘They care more for the land than so-called environmentalists and animal advocates because they thin the herds’… except they don’t take down the sick and the old … those they leave for the so-called *natural predators (and by their own distinction, the human hunter is not a *natural predator* – but it definitely is the most sophisticated predator). They go for the biggest and healthiest — so stop the bullshit, ok. Wildlife manipulation by humans has resulted in how many extinctions? We actually have agencies that remove natural predators like big cats, wolves, etc., so to inflate the herds or flocks – to justify the need for hunting. It’s called the DOI and its daughter agencies of the USF&W, BLM, BIA etc., and killing for them is a business.
Say it for what it is. And while we’re on the subject of killing – in this case animals – I don’t consider a guy in fatigues, in a blind, covered in urine, with a semi-automatic rifle & scope or power bow … hunters. How about you match your size and weight – with just a knife – against those animals. If you can take them down by strength – then you are a hunter. Right now – you are a killer using technology. No skill here folks.
In that same context, I truly feel that if a person had to engage in hand-to-hand combat in a struggle of survival – that depended on sheer human strength – and not weapons – we might see less violence. For all the sophistication of weapons – globally – we have just become more lethal unnatural predators and killers. The religious radicals want to take out as many people as they can. Many of their plans begin with Strap on Explosives. Do we call them deranged or mentally ill? Why not. I think they are and hiding behind some deranged interpretation of *religion*. I don’t care if it was Crusaders, Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Shiite, Sunni, Seik (sp?) Hindu – whatever. Killing is killing. It is removing the lifeforce of something or someone. It should be treated with the gravity of what it is. OK – I am what is considered extreme. I attach persona to just about everything… trees, flowers, ants, bees, all creatures great and small, human and non human. Animate and inanimate. I think my home has feelings… which is why we are waiting until we have amassed funds to restuff and upholster our LR & DR chairs because they deserve better than being tossed in a landfill. I have adopted abandoned teapots that no one wanted because it was chipped. Sure I could buy a new teapot … but why? I use this one and it has a second life. For me – life is incredibly precious – not just human – but all life. I recognize what it means to kill, want to kill, or have someone killed that you love. Up close and personal. So I need to ask what distinguishes a guy in Israel who blows himself up in order to kill as many Israelis (Jew and non-Jew) as possible, and the guy in Connecticut who did the same thing but his target was adults and children – and his mother.
I think anyone who wants to kill – humans or animals – is mentally questionable.
Killing is killing and in that moment, that person has achieved supreme control – taking life away. Hollywood has sensationalized killing – they have to own that, and stop with lame CYA *excuses*. They mock – truly – Rockwellian (or whatever the term is) values. They aren’t just *entertainers* — they are *influencers* and have to own it – good or bad. Once upon a time – there was some kind of review board before films could be released. I think someone has to monitor the lack of common sense in all medias, all types.
I am opposed to parents that permit their children to become obsessed with violent *games* that enable them to – in a virtual reality – kill whoever the enemy is, rather than teaching them how to care for the elderly, children, animals, friends. How many parents have essentially used these *games* as pseudo-babysitters. I am equally opposed to parents that encourage their children to kill animals under the guise of being environmental conservatives, and it is a fight I will never stop. In some states children can have access to guns before a permit to drive.
Under the flag of free enterprise, we have permitted an industry to blossom that’s sole purpose is to create more violent, realistic, shoot-em films. We have a place called Hollywood that gives awards for creating films that terrify and scare audiences. The more gore… the better. Clearly, left to our own discretion… we don’t know what is bad.
I think we need to recalibrate our internal compass. We need to stop lamenting about how sweet, innocent and simple life once was… as we indulge in all of the trappings of a throw-away society today.
The *PC* crowd has made it unfashionable to question or critique dubious behavior or conduct. That is a big part of the problem… this *anything goes* society is realizing that maybe not so good afterall. Those that know me know I will never turn away from bad behavior, especially if someone or something else is being intimidated or remotely threatened.
I do not understand this religious issue in this country. Some religions are *sacred* while others are up for assault and condemnation. For me – I pray every day that there is something more intelligent out there than what is occupying planet earth at the moment. The human species is a parasite on the planet, consuming *renewable resources* until depletion and then extinction … everything is secondary to the * human species* and thus expendable. I truly wish that these *great* religions would stop promoting life-after-death and promote “good behavior” on this plane, this incarnation, this lifetime. Stop taking all of our planet for granted as if it was put here for our enjoyment and abuse. The planet is more than a rock with a lot of creatures living on it. It, we, and all *living things* including the planet and its core, are part of the fabric of this planet. We’re not visitors and there isn’t another option out there at present. Life after death is still a little sketchy at best – so for those *faithful* that want to kill as a means of entering paradise… that’s fine… just don’t take others with you. It’s a personal choice. I also don’t resent the organized religions and their individual expression of *holy days*. I do resent those who feel threatened by them and the attempt to remove *divine* from our lives and landscape. Any religion who does good, who embraces tenderness, love, caring, stewardship and responsibility doesn’t threaten me. Any religion who espouses death, martyrdom, assassination of non-believers – IS A THREAT to me. God isn’t threatening… the human species is. I hope there is a God… actually, I pray there are multiple deities that take mercy on our collective stupidity and bring enlightenment. I want to believe that. I want to believe in the magic