Oscar Pistorious and the Consequences of Paranoia

My new security system.

For the record, I don’t believe for a minute that he accidentally killed his girlfriend. I think this is yet another case where what could have been another case of domestic abuse turned into murder because of the availability of guns. But let’s, just for a moment, pretend we buy his defense. Basically, he’s yet another person who has become so terrified of the outside world that even inside a high-security gated community, he slept with a gun under his bed and has repeatedly…repeatedly…mistakenly thought his house was being invaded by intruders. Here’s what Slate has to say about that:

There’s no record of any burglary-like incident at Pistorius’ home. The two incidents he has acknowledged were false alarms. A year ago, the New York Times reported that according to Pistorius, “a security alarm in the house had gone off the previous night, and he had grabbed his gun and tiptoed downstairs. (It turned out to be nothing.)” Three months ago, Pistoriustweeted: “Nothing like getting home to hear the washing machine on and thinking its an intruder to go into full combat recon mode into the pantry!” These episodes gave Pistorius plenty of warning that his hair-trigger reactions were rash.

That’s right, the man damn near shot his washing machine! Continue reading

So, are we putting Secret Service agents in every school now?

This ad is stupid for any number of reasons, but the one thing I keep thinking about is the HUGE disparity between the Secret Service and school security guards. Secret Service agents are highly trained professionals at the top of their game who have been extensively screened (they may like prostitutes but none of them have flipped out and tried to kill any of the people they’re supposed to protect). On the other hand, the security guards in my high school usually came to work in sweatpants and may or may not have been dealing drugs. They should not have been allowed to carry weapons (and probably shouldn’t have been allowed to drive their sweet Trans-Ams). So, is the NRA suggesting we give all schools a couple of Secret Service agents? Maybe some retired Seal Team 6 members?


Gun Owners, the NRA is Conning You


If you believe this is necessary, you’ve been conned.

A while back I wrote a post called “Get Scared, Buy Stuff” which was about the way marketers scare you into thinking you’re ugly to buy make-up, and into thinking a nuclear holocaust is coming so you’ll become a doomsday prepper and put a bunker filled with MREs and grenades in your backyard. I started thinking about this again, thanks to the National Rife Association.

I often wonder what world people live in that they think they need semi-automatic weapons to protect their families. The truth is, they live in the same world I do… they’ve just bought into the BS marketing tactics of the NRA (and the weapons manufacturers that are their bread and butter). Continue reading