Shoot first, ask questions later?

Posted: January 31, 2013 in Firearms News
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Whatever happened to asking questions and civil dialog?    Are peoples emotions so in control of them that they queue jump the ladder of escalation and resort to shooting to get their point across?    Is it because we live in a world where immediate gratification is become so common place that we don’t think of consequences any more?

In today’s world, information, communication can be obtained and exchanged in real-time, we don’t have to wait.  Not that long ago, if you didn’t want to use the phone, you could write and mail a letter.  Depending where it was going, this could take some time. A reply would be at least as long as the trip there.  Waiting was a fact.

I remember living overseas, ordering parts for an R/C car.  It would take months to get a catalog from Tower Hobbies.  You had time to save money, to really think and fantasize about what you wanted, how you’d build it, dream of running it, until one day, the catalog arrives!

You fill out your order, run to the Post Office with your Deutsche Marks to get a US dollar Money Order, that you’d then send back, snail mail to Tower.  More waiting, longer waiting… driving yourself and everyone around you stark mad.  Your family wants the order to arrive so they can get some relief.

No shit, 4 to 6 months later, you’d get a package, and no matter how mangled the box was, you were happy that it had finally arrived.

This was a fact of life.  You had to wait for stuff.

Now that real-time (or near real-time) we’re not used to waiting.   We don’t go to the bus stop and wait anymore. The transit system has the buses monitored by transponder, and one way this data is used is to inform an “App” so you can monitor the bus, and set out for it without additional waiting. Handy, a good use of existing data, and informs it’s customers.

We don’t give it a second thought.

A thought crosses our minds, “I wonder what so-and-so is doing?”.  What used to be a passing whim; probably because you were mowing the lawn would get deferred until you finished your job, cleaned up and called so-and-so on the phone inside the house.   Today, we reach into our pockets, grab a rectangular device that we tap on, and if so-and-so receives notification of our message, and replies, we can receive an answer to our query in near real-time.

We have “Apps” that capture peoples “Tweets”;  a deluge of disjointed thoughts, some purposeful, some for amusement, some are disgusting; like people, they come in all shades.  Now the collective idling is spent airing, what seems for most, to be their inside voices.  It’s both re-assuring and disturbing to realize now similar we all are.

It doesn’t stop with technology;  you can drive up to a restaurant, order via intercom system, and have your meal ready to go to your waistline in under 2 minutes.   Hunger can no longer be delayed, and people eat till they’re stuffed rather than satisfied.

Everything is becoming much more relevant, more here-and-now, more trusted and the consequences of this usage/application are never dire enough for anyone to really care.

This lack of care and a desire for immediate gratification have paved the way for how things are with guns today, especially pointing the finger to our friends south of us, the United States.   The cycle for immediate gratification when emotions and firearms are added to the context is disastrous.   As humans we are both gifted and cursed with emotions, and through observation, there are seems to be two types of emotional people;  those that are driven by their emotions, and those that are guided by there emotions.  The difference is found between the words “driven” and “guided”.    One of the challenges we have as humans is to gain a mastery over our emotions, and in the authors opinion be “guided” by our emotions, you as the human being must be in control, no matter the influence.

The immediate gratification has slipped into the ranks of the police, where at one time policing skills employed communication, trust and a caring for the people they have sworn to protect has seemingly eroded into a melee of suppress and detain by any means necessary.  Countless instances of police dash cam footage show officers escalating use-of-force in situations that didn’t call for it; often resulting in injury to and sometimes death of the subject.    Use of the Taser has replaced policing skills and is the first offender on the list of Shoot First, ask Questions Later.   The application of Tasers within policing has in-fact done more harm to the public’s view of policing in general, which has lead to escalating civil disobedience as police are seen as no-longer upholding their original mandate. This feeds a self-fulfilling prophecy.  It feeds an emotionally driven police officer who needs to have a situation resolved immediately, side-step the basics of dealings with a human being, treats that person like an animal, and wonders why that person wants to rip his face off.

The media reporting of shootings in the US seems to be on rise since the Newton attack.  Is it just the reporting is wider now given the gun control agenda or is it par for the course?  80 deaths a day by firearm in the US is the widely reported figure.

Now we have our ingredients for this casserole:

1 Part desire for immediate gratification

1 Part lack of care for consequences

1 Part Policing role-model

1 Part emotionally driven reaction to life events

1 Part media coverage

Make sure you started cooking it on December 15, 1791 ensuring that firearms are available and plentiful.

The US can add all the firearms laws it wants, it won’t change a thing.   People need to change.  Society needs to change. Firearms are not tools used for everyday problem solving.    We need to stop this spiral of devolution, soon we’ll be back to grunting and crushing each other’s skulls in with rocks.

  1. JD says:

    Yes, we live in the era of instant gratification and, unfortunately we’ve passed the point of no return, so society will not, or cannot, change. And, especially in the USA it’s become a case of “shoot first, talk later” – our neighbours have evolved into a very paranoid nation, where they routinely expect the worse, instead of employing a more positive (and healthy) outlook on life. Case in point, the recent events in Calgary when a visiting off-duty US police officer was asked about having attended the Stampede, and because he felt “threatened” by that, wished he had been packing. Was he just going to shoot those kids for asking that and “feeling threatened” – crazy!

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