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Tragic Inevitability of Mass Shootings Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

One of the more peculiar features of life in this this country during the past four decades has been the steady rise of mass shooting incidents. While liberals blame this either on “guns” or “mental health”, it is my opinion that the real reasons for their rise are intrinsically linked to socio-economic fabric of this country coming apart over those 40 years. Mass shootings were basically non-existent in this country till the 1980s. Sure.. instances of gangs gunning down each other’s members has always been a feature of American history- but people not involved in those outfits were almost never affected unless they were accidently hit by stray bullets.

My point is that mass shootings of the type which have become increasingly common over the past two decades are a new thing- and the first major outbreak of such incidents occurred in the mid 1980s. There is a reason why a juvenile but hugely entertaining FPS shooter game series is named ‘Postal‘. But have you ever wondered why mass shootings weren’t a thing in this country before that era? Why didn’t any of many millions of veterans who returned from WW1, WW2 or the Korean war (often scarred by PTSD and serious physical injuries) go out and commit spree shootings- even when they lived in an era where one could buy guns from mail order catalogs- as a certain ex-marine did in 1963.

As I have said in many previous posts, social atomization which occurs alongside the precarity and zero-sum competition under neoliberalism creates conditions that cause the rise of a certain type of person who has no worthwhile social connections, nothing left to lose and no future to look forward- and they are almost always men. It is therefore not surprising that a small percentage of such people might consider killing semi-random people who remind them of people they dislike, regardless of the consequences, as a personal victory. FYI- in Weimer era Germany, such people often joined the Nazi party and other similar organizations. In any case, the reason why mass shootings occur in this country has a lot to do with socio-economic trends, rather than “guns” or “mental health”.

And this brings me to the topic of second- and third- order effects of various poorly thought restrictions, regulations and rules put in place by many western governments as a response to COVID-19 pandemic. While the type of blowback to these stupid official responses will vary by country and society- it is very likely that a significant increase in mass shootings will be one of the many downstream effects of such policies in USA. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that this country was heavily polarized (socially, politically, economically, culturally) for many years before COVID-19 pandemic arrived here in early 2020. In spite of early attempts at pretending that “we are all in this together”, the official response to this pandemic has made all the previously existing polarizations worse and expanded them to new categories.

You must be aware of the large differences between actual working-class people and parasitic “Zoom class” in their evaluation of own personal risk and support (or lack thereof) for various government interventions. In case you haven’t noticed it- here is an article about that issue. I could on about everything from the attitudes towards ineffective face masks, to restrictions which selectively destroyed hundreds of thousands of small business- while simultaneously enriching larger ones, constantly changing messaging about vaccine effectiveness, brazenly trying to hide risk of adverse effects and much.. much more. Regular readers will remember that I have written many posts on these topics during the past year.

The thing is- the lives of millions of working-class and other middle-class Americans.. you know the ones who actually do the work.. have been irreparably damaged by the thoughtless responses and policies of the government (often at multiple levels). While the government has temporarily purchased their silence with pandemic benefits, eviction moratoriums, extended unemployment benefits and small business loans etc- this state of affairs cannot last forever. In fact, things have already started to unwind further. It does not help that the government (especially the Democratic party) does not have a viable exit strategy- to put it mildly. While things in USA are not as bad as other western countries (Australia, New Zealand, France etc) due to it being far less centralized than them, it also has a much weaker social safety net.

It does not take a psychic to see that deliberately destroying the livelihoods of many millions of people is not a recipe for social amity. Doing so in a manner that is heavily polarized by class, race and political leanings is likely to make the blowback even worse. Did I mention that this is occurring against a background of widespread loss of trust in institutions, profound social atomization, 40 years of neoliberal policy which has already destroyed most of the middle-class, unprecedented levels of political polarization and a very public loss of status as the only global super-power. If you think that all of this adding up won’t create a few more men willing to go on mass shooting sprees.. well, I have a bridge to sell you.

Also note that the vast majority of guns in this country are owned by the same people most likely to be negatively affected by those stupid government choice and policies. It is generally a safe bet that large accumulations of dried dead wood and grass (fuel) in nature tend to be susceptible to forest and grass fires. The spark which starts a major fire in nature is often a function of chance and luck aka probability. We are really talking about a matter of when and how it will start and spread, not if it happens- because the probability for that outcome is already 1, and we all know that even if we don’t admit it is the case.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. bonzo
    August 20, 2021 at 12:03 am

    >>and they are almost always men
    >>create a few more men willing to go on mass shooting sprees

    How likely that “dread and discomfort” caused by being forced to buy tampons labelled “for women” will cause a trans man to go postal? How much testosterone do these trans men take, does anyone know?
    https://us.yahoo.com/news/trans-masculine-person-period-doesnt-170334966.html

  2. doldrom
    August 20, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Part of the reason for the shootings is media and example.
    The same reason ministers start an affair with the church organist — it’s a handy cultural form out there to channel certain emotions. People at their wits end do the thing that other people did to make a statement, shoot random people, even though it usually doesn’t offer much satisfaction per se.

    I think the reaction in other countries and among people not prone to go for the shoot out blaze of glory will be to join the movement, especially if the economy turns down and times become more desperate and authoritarian.

    What movement? Don’t know yet, but they will be looking for scape goats and not singing kumbaya together…

  3. Ape Mind
    August 20, 2021 at 7:05 am

  4. stönerwithäböner
    August 21, 2021 at 4:53 am

    • August 21, 2021 at 10:56 am

      this is obviously not posted by the homophobic, transphobic stonah wit a bonah.

      Here is one that objectifies icky huwite wominz:

  5. stönerwithäböner
    August 21, 2021 at 4:53 am

  6. Dean
    August 21, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Your contrarian theories have always been bad but this really takes the cake.

    Mass events are because of MKUItra mind control programming and false flgs, not because of social atomization. Then you carry water in advance for the fds next plan up front justifying a COVID lockdown based mass event.

    But where’d you get this idea despite there not being a mass event 1.5 years in? Oh yeah. CNN. You’re shockingly bad and have a shockingly high opinion of yourself but you’re just a typical equivocating centrist.

    I bet you’ll delete this cause you’re weak

    • Dean is a gay nazi
      August 21, 2021 at 8:46 am

      • ubermnsch is a gayer nazi
        August 21, 2021 at 10:58 am

        This is just as much a hate crime as richard spencer sure sucks a mean dick!

    • if you really want to trigger AD
      August 21, 2021 at 11:27 am

      write in bold letters like he does. use the tags and put a b in the first one. Then put a /b in the second one.

      Makes him really mad!

      • trigger
        August 21, 2021 at 11:28 am

        tags

  7. Dean’s Right
    August 21, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    I’m totally not a fed! I’m just using fed talking points to say it’s “inevitable” that this will happen. It’s not like I’m saying it’s a good thing. I’m just saying. Just. Saying. Man. I’m not a fed tho. I’m just a contrarian horseshoe. My opinions always somehow serve the regime in a roundabout way. It’s not being a fed. I’m just really smart.

    • Jack Donovan
      August 21, 2021 at 7:50 pm

      y’know how we knows you ain’t a fed, if you raw dawg it at the wolves of vineland. white men only!

    • Mass shooter Mr Ödessä
      August 22, 2021 at 2:23 am

      Federal Agent Kumar Sukhdeep-Dikshit has convinced me! I am going to shoot myself into my massive dick!

      • Arjun
        August 22, 2021 at 10:44 am

        We know this isn’t the real Mr. Odessa as he always brags about slaying some light skinned ghetto bitch or whatever. Must be some huwite nationalists who has plenty of sex…

        ….

        ……

        ………..

        With other huwite men!


        AD lets impostors slander everyone because he accepts impostors in other areas of his life. AKA his advice on escorts are all transgenders who parked it in his backdoor when the vast contractors AD used didn’t work

        Yes Arjun, er, AD if you let the huwite nationalists bully you enough, they will push Chuck Rudd outta the bathhouse and use your bootie!

  8. removeNUTJOB
    August 22, 2021 at 10:33 am

    You need to seriously find a way get this nutjob out of the comments. Is this that “trollllolllz” guy? His username was something like that. Bc it looks like it

    I am considering that..

    • Arjun
      August 22, 2021 at 10:50 am

      Notice how AD is all *kids gloves* with white nationalists like Plaque Doctor and sympathizers like that “honorary aryan” P Ray…

      If you read his reports on escorts you would likely surmise that he is a self hating brown skin man who is obsessed with white pu$$y.

      But if you look at his comments section, he is too busy kissing up to white nationalists who hate him.

      Pathetic!

      While I am far more tolerant of simple trolling than others, there are limits to what I will tolerate.

      I do not want to ban people, but the more you spend time on stuff not related to the post or other posts- the more I am tempted to ban you.

  9. Mr Ödessä
    August 22, 2021 at 11:42 am

    • Arjun
      August 23, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      “While I am far more tolerant of simple trolling than others, there are limits to what I will tolerate.”

      Funny that you will tolerate WN trolls using other people’s handles. Even if the emulate is “plausible deniability.” Weird how that works.

  10. A Texan
    August 28, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    It’s notable that the cowardly ATF never goes after inner ghetto simians causing the vast majority of the misnamed ‘gun violence.’ Remove blacks from the gun crime statistics and it is about the same in any other mostly White European country.

    The ATF prefers to go after ‘militia White supremacists’ but too cowardly to combat inner city blacks that would think of nothing of mowing them down in an instant.

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