Why Swiss and Canadians stop caring - and don’t (or do) ask New Zealanders
The 200th mass shooting in the U.S. in 2019 (we are mid way through the year mind you) with at least 20 fatalities will produce the same old response domestically. However, folks in Switzerland, Canada and New Zealand just don’t care any longer.
Gun density is a one-sided view point when it comes to correlations of gun ownership and its uses.
Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world but one of the lowest gun related crime rates at the same time. Canadians know this, New Zealanders actually re-learn it after the Christ Church massacre in March 2019.
But the gun-ownership-homicide ratio seems to hold true in the U.S. Why is that?
While data can help us to make sense of the dynamics and impact, numbers don’t explain the correlation on a global scale.
To me it all boils down to culture.
Neither Swiss, nor Canadians, nor New Zealanders ever developed a romantic attitude towards violence as a large part of the U.S. population seems to have inherited through history, pathos and the mastery of cultural delivery through modern art forms, namely film.
Add stark inequality, the lack of social solidarity at large, elites that largely don’t run on social justice and minority support tickets and the corruptions through armies of lobbyists in D.C. and you get a lethal culture adopted by weak minded, crime oriented and psychologically unstable people that are not stopped in their tracks to become the next mass shooter.
And while the NRA keeps feeding the false narrative of “guns don’t kill” and other bogus claims and Pence keeps spooning (a blowjob on public stage would even offend the Trump groupies I guess) the POTUS during a heart-felt PR once again, the next would-be Adam Lanza is being left unattended and unsupported in his (why women mass shooters are rare) ill-guided gun violence adoring cultural environment.
The catalyst however and with that: the loudest engine (for anyone who wants to hear it) that tears the American civil society fabric apart is this:
UPDATE, minutes after blogging:
This is the fastest update I ever made to a blogpost.
While we are all still busy reading through all the “heartfelt thoughts and prayers”, media outlets showcase the latest responses from lawmakers and state representatives. Including this Fox8 report about Ohio state officials hours after the shooting:
Little is known at this point in time that all this is being prepared and spoken simultaneously to the next mass shooing in that very same state, Ohio (Dayton).
POTUS tweeted hours before: “....Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas.”
Now, copy/paste away Mr. President as if there won’t be a tomorrow! Don’t forget to replace the one great state with the other in your presidential tweet.
In fact, there will not be a tomorrow for 30 people left dead to gun violence inside 12 hours.