The Xmas Boo would like a word

The Xmas Boo has a bag full of questions, but answers seem in short supply.

The Xmas Boo has a bag full of questions, but answers seem in short supply.

The Xmas Boo would like to know why folks insist on shooting each other for no good reason.

And anyone who says the solution is more guns is liable to find something unpleasant in his holiday stocking.

No, not coal.

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21 Responses to “The Xmas Boo would like a word”

  1. Steve O Says:

    7 billion earthlings running around this hunk of floating turf. The vast majority never shoot anyone. So, while tragic, it’s not really a “problem,” not in the sense that all such incidents share a common denominator that makes solving for Y realistic.

    (How’s that for a mathematical mixed metaphor?)

    Let’s be frank: the shooters are always disturbed individuals. The very nature of said disturbtion means they’re not going to respond to any tradition solution based on incentives, rewards, or punishment.

    I’m a big advocate of improving access to mental health services. But from a purely statistical standpoint, it’s not likely that these outliers would ever find their way into treatment.

    The only thing I can think of is, after the fact, despite the guys who go on camera saying “he was quiet, kept to himself, never expected this,” there’s always someone who should have seen it coming. But they didn’t, because we’re all moving too fast, head down, eyes on our iPhone and ear buds securely lodged. Metaphorically, if not literally. This student allegedly had a beef with his teacher. But public high school teachers have 150-200 students each year, and get about 2 contact minutes per kid per day. That’s asking a lot to really have any clue what’s going on in any of their heads.

  2. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Poor Boo, traumatized again for the amusement of humans. I bet he didn’t forgive you until dinner time or 5 minutes, whichever came first.

    As far as his questions go, I just don’t know. But, I guess there is some connection to video games and movies. I know the researchers say no, but the amount of explicit violence shown today in films and games is, in my opinion, really unnecessary. It has to affect the compassion of some of these kids.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Lots of thousand-yard stares out there these days, and they don’t all come from traumatized combat vets. Did we have that blank gaze as children? My parents aren’t around to ask.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    I think these massacres and shootings feast off of themselves like a giant snowball running downhill. Back when we were youngsters, these were relatively rare and not publicized around the Innertubes 24/7. Now, in addition to those violent games, we see real life imitate bad video over and over again and people think “well, hell, the way to do it is go out in a blaze of glory”.

    Its sad that SWAT teams have to co-locate with schools, churches, and other gathering places. I think it is long past time some great force takes all these firearms and melts them down and casts them into a statue of Christ and Vishnu embracing each other and asking themselves, while staring at a pile of flesh and blood rubble, “how the fuck did it ever come to this?”

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Speaking of needing the barf bag.
    http://labikes.blogspot.com/2013/12/affluenza-just-when-you-thought-it.html

    Direct link to Times story is in my rant. If I add more links here, Patrick’s software will sequester the post.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Well done, sir. I hadn’t examined that story, being on deadline with Bicycle Retailer and trying to crank out another Radio Free Dogpatch. Alas, the punch line for the latter went out the window when the shooter went into the school. Back to the ol’ mixing board. …

  5. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Nice post Khal! Patrick, that is a great cartoon. Did it sell well?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Patrick, if memory serves I dashed that one off as an illustration for one of Charles Pelkey’s “Explainer” columns, when he was still with that Boulder-based journal of competitive cycling. I kinda like it too.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Patrick, I think you did that cartoon for CP’s story of Erzinger. I borrowed it for something around here.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Huh. Whaddaya know? Looks like I used it as an illustration in one of my Foaming Rants. Them was the days. …

      • khal spencer Says:

        Yep. I remember that now, because you had the Great Gatsby quote at the beginning.

        I’ll have to take back my comment about melting down those hand cannons. I’m starting to think the only justice the proles will have when it comes to “affluenza” defenses is to…well…how shall I put this: don’t bother letting the case go to court.

  6. Larry T. Says:

    Same s__t, different day. But perhaps we can take hope from the recent Federal budget situation where the KK…ooops, Tea Party nutjobs have been told to f__k off by the Repuglican establishment and corporate barons in order to make some (though small) progress? The NRA is also an extremist minority so maybe a few more of these massacres will finally tilt our lawmakers away from their screwball influence as well. I think we need to simply redefine what ARMS means….as in “to keep and bear….” We don’t allow folks (insane or not) to own fighter planes, tanks with working cannons, nuclear weapons, etc. so why not just restrict gun rights to reasonable HUNTING weapons (not the AR15’s our nutjob congressman defines as hunting rifles) instead of allowing machine guns, automatic pistols, etc. which are most often the weapons used in these massacres? It won’t stop kids being shot by nuts like Zimmerman in Florida, but it would quite likely reduce the carnage of these mass shootings.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I wish the Founders hadn’t quaffed so much mead, mulled ale or hard cider while crafting the Second Amendment. That sucker needed a sober editor.

      • khal spencer Says:

        This latest one was done with a garden variety hunting shotgun. We can ban all kinds of shit, but until we ban stupidity, we might have to take all the toys away.

      • Larry T. Says:

        True dat, Khal, but this whacked out guy could have stabbed a couple of folks to death too. Not much one can do about that as crazies can buy fertilizer and diesel fuel as well. But I’d suggest there are just as many nuts in Europe but the number of mass murders with assault-type weapons is far lower than here in the US of A. Less guns and less guns capable of spraying lots of bullets around has to be part of it. And we gotta start somewhere!

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Well, you mix guns with some people, and, well, WWLWS?

  7. Libby Says:

    Boo, such a sweet, agreeable chap! Merry Christmas, Boo!

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