There are few things as vile to me as writing off genuine tragedies as either hoaxes or false flag operations. The Neo-Nazis did it with the Holocaust, and now third-rate actor, martial artist and general loudmouth Steven Seagal is doing it with the mass shooting epidemic in the U.S. Not only is this incredibly insensitive to the victims and their families, it is clearly an insidious attempt to justify the American gun problem to themselves. This is nothing new. I was quite horrified when some of my right-wing family members were circulating the idea that the Sandy Hook shooting was in fact staged by the government. When the evidence against this position mounted, they finally accepted that it was a real shooting. But now the conspiracy theory is that someone in the U.S. government is engineering these shootings, which is just as fucked up.
First off, what diabolical individual or group could consistently engineer such things so perfectly and for so long without anyone ever coming forward? Can you imagine the insane level of logistical expertise it would require not only to pull this off again and again, but also to silence everyone involved? It displays a mind-boggling degree of ignorance to imagine that such a massive ongoing conspiracy could become anything but a huge boondoggle in a very short period of time. Seriously, what planet do you live on, conspiracy nuts? No, you know what’s really happening? The evidence disagrees with your contention that the American gun culture isn’t massively fucked up, that’s what. And you need these conspiracies to make yourselves feel better, because the truth is, if it wasn’t for the shit-ton of guns, including assault weapons, that have flooded the country thanks to Wayne LaPierre and the NRA scaring the hell out of gun owners, many of these shootings would never have happened. They are actively making the situation worse.
But let’s say for a minute that Seagal is right and the government is somehow convincing all these people to go on rampages. First, let’s remember that most mass shootings are actually familial murder-suicides, meaning a parent—usually a father—kills their entire family and then themselves. So, if Americans really are that vulnerable to psychological manipulation that they can be regularly manipulated into killing their own little children, isn’t that evidence that maybe we really aren’t responsible enough as a people to own guns? I mean, currently I am only in favor of some reasonable gun restrictions, but perhaps in light of this new knowledge that Americans are particularly susceptible to engineered murder sprees, maybe it would be better to ban guns entirely.
Listen, the gun crowd has been saying for awhile that it isn’t a gun problem but rather a mental illness problem. Maybe they’re right. In light of the fact that the rest of Western civilization (which has mostly either banned guns or heavily restricted them—imagine that) doesn’t seem to have an epidemic of violent crazy people, which should be consistent throughout all nations whether guns are easily obtainable or not, it seems that America has more than its fair share of psychos, some of whom can be apparently turned into killing machines at the drop of a hat. Well, that’s what Seagal seems to be saying, and God knows he’s an expert on this stuff, right? Right?
So, um . . . yeah. If you really want to earn back whatever credibility you once had, gun lovers, you should maybe start by not being insensitive pricks about the tragedy of gun violence that is sweeping our nation. No one programmed Chris Harper-Mercer to walk into a university classroom and gun down a bunch of students. The guy was angry and unbalanced because he couldn’t get a date and wanted to punish society for it. That’s it. That is what happens when machismo culture meets America’s gun obsession and the film industry’s glorification of violence, which Seagal himself has contributed to with his crappy movies. There is no government conspiracy, just a bunch of people who have been duped by a political group into believing that Obama is coming to take all their guns away, a group that has contributed to the problem by making it easier and easier for any halfwit or psycho with a grudge to stockpile weapons that were originally intended for military use. If you really believe this is the government’s doing, then you are clearly part of the problem.