by Victor Milan
We are inevitably going to hear endlessly about today's slaughter at
that high school in Littleton for days, if not weeks.
We'll hear everything, in fact, except the truth.
The truth is that the Littleton bloodshed proves, not that we have
too many guns in our society, but that we have too few. Or at least,
too few in the hands of everyday people who need them.
When two kids can walk into a school and butcher twenty-five of their
schoolmates (the figure being mooted as of 2200 MDT on April 20 - who
knows if that number'll turn out to be any more reliable than the
"100,000 missing men in Kosovo" claims seem likely to?), then we are
too fucking helpless.
Had even one of the potential victims possessed a gun, the slaughter
might've been stopped cold. Even prevented altogether. The higher the
percentage of potential victims carrying firearms, the earlier the
massacre could've been stopped, the more likely it would have been to
be aborted before anyone innocent was hurt.
Shit, let's nail the bottom line: if a reasonable percentage of
teachers, or, yes, kids had been packing, the
little fucks who pulled the stunt would in all likelihood never have
tried. There would've been no percentage in it, no glorious
slaughter. Just a quick ignominious exit.
But of course law-abiding citizens can't carry guns on or even near
schools, thanks to our Nazi-in-Chief and, of course, the
pisslickingly subservient Republican Congress. The perpetrators, in
short knew without peradventure that they would encounter no
So instead the students and faculties at that high school allowed
themselves to be slaughtered like sheep. It was the only option they
knew of. They had no physical means of defending themselves, and
heaven knows that anyone proposing to teach upstanding middle-class
white kids the mental wherewithal to defend
themselves, even without adequate weaponry, would be widely ridiculed
if not jailed outright.
Of course, as they cowered beneath desks in their classrooms, the
victims-to-be and those who would be spared this time could comfort
themselves with the thought that they, like the rest of us, had no
need to defend themselves: the police would do
that for them. Those kids and teachers had a long time to hold those
thoughts, too; it took two hours for the SWAT team to arrive. Nor is
it at this point clear whether the SWAT team contributed anything at
all to the situation other than herding terrified survivors from the
building at gunpoint, forcing them to hold their hands above their
heads as they fled. The perpetrators may indeed have done the world a
favor by killing themselves before SWAT even arrived.
It's simple, people. It really is. As long as we provide ready
victims, we will call into being those who are eager to victimize us.
It's basic ecology: an abundance of prey engenders an abundance of
predators. Kids who indulge themselves too greedily in standard-issue
adolescent Angst and death-preoccupation can go
out with a splash and take a big honor guard with them, without
having to go to the substantial effort entailed in learning to fly an
F-16 well enough to bomb refugee convoys in whatever part of the
world we're helping at the time.
Hell, if these little bastard perpetrators had been smart enough,
they wouldn't have offed themselves at all. They would've just
surrendered. Then they could've claimed that movies and video games -
and, of course, guns - made them do it, they
had no choice in the matter at all. They could, with a half-bright
lawyer and an altogether stupid press agent, made themselves into the victims.
Then, hell, another year or three, the rising flood of drug-war
arrestees, along with those busted for an ever-increasing torrent of
new crimes - thought crimes, environmental crimes, possession of
firearms without criminal intent - will force the authorities to turn
them loose along with the other violent criminals who are perpetually
being released to make room for committers of victimless crimes.
They'll need those cells for somebody who
cleared weeds off his back ditch, or raised some pot to ease the
ravages of AIDS medication.
Meantime Blood-Slick Willie and Jackboot Janet, only a day from
toasting themselves triumphantly on the anniversary of their own
triumphant kiddie-massacre at Waco, are gleefully assuring us that we
need more laws to prevent incidents such as this. Yeah, all the other
laws you passed worked so well to prevent it, huh?
The cure they will try to sell us - and will force down our throats
regardless - isn't just worse than the disease.
It's the fucking cause.
"The distinction between rulers and ruled is as fundamental as the
distinction between wolf and lamb - diner and dinner."
- Uncle John Lucero, The War For America
Cited in "Capitol Hill Blue" (4/21/99):
Quote of the Day: "It's a shame the NATO conference might get in the
way of this." -- A White House aide complaining that the NATO summit
in Washington might prevent President Clinton from going to Colorado
in the aftermath of the high school shootings