What’s the difference?
The mass shooting(s) and open carry demonstrations have me wondering what is the difference between the people who choose one vs the other. In the end both are trying to empower themselves. Both seem to have irrational fears and hatreds. Is there a difference in kind or is it just a difference in degree? I don’t know. I suspect it is the ameliorating and exacerbating factors. What does the person have to live for? What avenues can they expect will actually let them feel powerful? How can they actually conquer those they fear and/or hate? The murderers seem desperate, as if they think they have no other reasonable route to achieve the power they crave. The open carriers however don’t seem to be at the point. They are otherwise happy suburbanites, simply malcontent that they aren’t cowboys and worshiped for it. But how far will they go if simply carrying a big gun around doesn’t get them what they want? What if the looks of fear and disgust no longer give them their fix? What happens when they realize that a lot of that disgust is people thinking they are pathetic losers? I hope nothing happens and am sure the vast majority of these people wouldn’t decide to assuage their insecurities by killing a lot of people. But if even one does, that’s one too many.