THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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Saturday, March 2, 2013
explains so much violent behavior in our 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.
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.
violence has a trigger.
prompted this rant was a YouTube clip of a baseball brawl.What triggered this brawl?
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.
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.
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
In the case
of this YouTube brawl no one was hurt.
when a similar diss occurs on the street?What happens when the overdosed-testosterone kid who is pushed has a
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.
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.
to anticipated comments:
Guns don’t people kill, people kill
people – Yes, but
guns make people killing people really efficient and clearly increase
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 atbay.And
again, Where did I advocate taking away