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El Paso - take 200/2019

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.

El Paso Walmart mass shooting August 2019

El Paso Walmart mass shooting August 2019

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.

The spooning vice president

The spooning vice president

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:

Weapons Manufacturers Donations to the NRA

Weapons Manufacturers Donations to the NRA

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.


Do you use social digital media services?

Ah, ‘like the newspapers’ you say, only more interactive. Good for you.

…or is it?

With the recent hike in digital video distribution by enemies of civilization I’m not so sure anymore.

If your newspaper would print and home-deliver such content to your doorsteps… would you ignore it?

It is unbearable to know that scores of followers of those criminals hit the “like” button in support underneath such video footage.

We are inches away from live coverage of brutal slayings of innocent people, where the ACTION is commanded by the online audience that raise or lower their thumbs.


What are we going to do about it?

We enable the horror

There are scores of arguments to save a life.

When saving that one life potentially supports the slaughter of many other lives, we need a debate and good, hard decisions.

Ransom for IS kidnapping victims is paid by most European states. This funds and enables IS’ gruesome, brutal advance in which they slaughter countless innocent victims and push millions into a state of unspeakable fear.

It is speculative to what extend the hundreds of millions of ransom dollars enable IS.

It is logic that this revenue stream motivates their actions and will only accelerate the horror.

For one reason or many others we – as Europeans – will also see such horrific killings on social media channels in the near future.

Paying IS and other terrorist groups to prevent that (still somewhat remote) scenario from happening to “us” creates such scenarios and enables the likes of IS to reach their criminal and murderous objectives.

Which leads to this question: when the US, Australia and the UK, among other states, reject any negotiation or payments of ransom – in what sense are they different people than us?

Another question: in what sense are local translators, drivers and supporters different people of different value? They are targeted along with their western kidnapping victims and don’t have any protection or ransom paying government.

The attractive revenue stream through ransom payments to terrorists enables their suffering and murder even more directly.

I don’t have the responsibility for such massively difficult decisions and I would not want to sit in the law maker’s seat for this: but a debate needs to take place and fast, decisions need to be taken one way or another.

The civilized nations need to stand as one. Because it is unbearably weak, difficult and plays into the criminals’ hands that we distinguish between the countries that do or don’t indirectly support this dynamic.

IS and their future cousins will never distinguish: their “end game” only sees anyone dead or repressed that won’t follow and obey their reign.

In sum: THAT threat alone molds us together as ONE.

How will we live up to it? How will we respond to IS’ declaration of war against all of us?