Cranky Opinion Saturday
What explains so much violent behavior in our world?
A world class paralympian unexplainably shoots and kills his girlfriend. His life is ruined by this crazed action. Clearly if he had it to do over again, if he was able to think rationally in a moment of rage, a beautiful girl would be alive and his life would not be irrevocably changed for the worse.
An animal trainer is filmed playing with a tiger. Suddenly the tiger attacks. Not for food; why? Was the tiger threatened in any way? Who knows? Who knows the tiger language, who knows what triggers the tiger’s irrational response to a playful slap.
Most violence has a trigger.
What prompted this rant was a YouTube clip of a baseball brawl. What triggered this brawl?
Mrs. Cranky could not tell. Many people, especially women, would not see the trigger; they do not know the “tiger language.”
A player was picked off rounding second base after he hit a double. He was caught in a rundown and eventually tagged out. Seemingly out of nowhere he turned and slugged the man who tagged him out and both teams poured onto the field and started to fight.
“That’s crazy, why did he do that?” Mrs. C inquired.
As a woman she missed the trigger. I am not advocating the runner’s reaction, but I do understand it.
This player had just hit a double. His adrenalin was at a high level. He overran the base and was caught; he felt deflated and foolish, but the real trigger to his aggression was the tag. The shortstop tagged him harder than he needed to tag him. The tag itself did not hurt, but it was over aggressive, it was a challenge, it was a diss, it was a trigger. The tag was followed by an almost imperceptible push. The push did not seem like much, but to the runner it spoke volumes. To the runner it said, “Get the fuck out of here you asshole!” The push was the final trigger that started a brawl.
In the case of this YouTube brawl no one was hurt.
What happens when a similar diss occurs on the street? What happens when the overdosed-testosterone kid who is pushed has a gun?
That is the problem with our youth today. When triggered to violence they answer with tiger claws, not teen fists. My generation's black eyes become the new eras tragedies. What was a future story of braggadocio, today becomes a ruined life. Young men, especially when high on testosterone and adrenalin do not know how to ignore the triggers. Young men who are pumped up with steroids have a hair-trigger.
If we do not eliminate easy access to guns, if we do not eliminate illegal use of steroids, if we do not teach our youth to recognize and ignore impulsive reactions to “triggers” in society, we will continue to have tragedies such as Sandyhook, such as Oscar Pistorius, and such as we have in our streets on a daily basis.
I do not advocate repealing the second amendment. I don’t want to see government take guns from the hands of responsible citizens. I am advocating gun control; gun control which would make it difficult for irresponsible people to have access to weapons; gun control which would teach people to lockup their legal weapons; gun control which would assure that gun owners knew how to use their weapon accurately and responsibly.
I am advocating keeping triggers out of the hands of people that do not know how to deal with “triggers.”
The preceding has been a Cranky Old Man opinion, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.
In response to anticipated comments:
Guns don’t people kill, people kill people – Yes, but guns make people killing people really efficient and clearly increase productivity.
Gun control is a slippery slope to repeal of the 2nd amendment – I disagree.
You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hand – Please take this man’s gun away…NOW!
If you take away all guns only the criminals will have them – Where did I advocate taking away all guns?
Where ever guns are removed crime goes up – This has been disputed, but again, where did I advocate taking away all guns?
We need guns for protection – DAMN!! Where did I advocate taking away all guns?
Citizens need guns to hold the government in check – This may have held water in 1793, but today I kinda think AK47’s would not hold a company of tanks at bay. And again, Where did I advocate taking away all guns?