Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, October 16, 2015


Read this lengthy, fair piece in Esquire about the Open Carry movement in Texas.  I don't think Richardson does anything but give a fair portrait of the guy at the center of this movement.

Reading it, it's pretty clear that the obsession with guns is tied to a greater insecurity that Americans feel about...everything really.  CJ Grisham is a decorated combat veteran, but he's also got a raging case of short-guy-complex and PTSD.  His guns give him a sense of security that nothing else can.

My question, having read it, is whether Grisham and his friends are part of a larger pathology of fear in the United States or whether this is some unique pathology to a smaller sliver of our quaking nation.  Fear makes you stupid.  And we are a very fearful people.  And we are very fearful despite living in a time of tremendous peace and prosperity.

The idea that you need guns to protect yourself from some combination of a Mad Max dystopia and encroaching government tyranny is inherently contradictory.  The idea that there are criminals out there waiting to pounce - which is why Grisham keeps his fucking arsenal loaded with a baby in the house - is paranoid.

Ammosexuality is nothing more than cowardice masked with heavy armaments.

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