Staying Rational in the Wake of Orlando

Jun 16, 2016

By Geopolitics Made Super

A highly individualistic culture like the United States lends itself quite readily to bursts of emotion; citizens feel compelled, rightly or wrongly, to show that they feel as much as anyone else, if not more.

In the wake of the massacre in Orlando, this pattern reasserts itself once again in America.

But succumbing to anger, or depression, or any extreme emotion while trying to decide on policy is always a mistake.  Here’s how to stay rational – and support good geopolitical decisions – in the wake of murder.


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6 comments on “Staying Rational in the Wake of Orlando

  • Third: private firearm ownership in the United States remains badly aligned along cultural needs, not rational, nation-state driven needs.

    What is read beyond this title is possible sensible but as of today Unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has already ruled that individuals may own firearms within limits. First the Supreme Court would have to reverse itself. Not likely now. Secondly, the Constitution would have to be amended.

    Their treatise beyond the title point is more intellectualized Pollyanna than rational on this point.



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  • @Neodarwinian #1

    ” First the Supreme Court would have to reverse itself. Not likely now. Secondly, the Constitution would have to be amended.”

    Oooorrrrrr…..

    Firearm sales become tightly regulated; no more sales at gun shows. Owners names go into a national database. Crimes committed with a gun are mandatory maximum prison time without parole, including possession under disability. Recidivism gets twice the prison time.



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  • individuals may own firearms within limits

    Yes, it’s just the extent of the limits that are perhaps in need of a bit of a change. Nothing in the Constitution that defines what limits might apply to 21st century military-grade weapons

    The current ingredients of rapid fire high capacity weapons, multiple weapons and unlimited ammo for almost anyone with minimal vetting, widespread neglect of domestic violence and mental health services, and inept tracking and suppression of hate-preaching, whether in churches or in mosques or online, and a foreign death-cult with online presence that encourages every kind of obscene behavior (as long as it’s violent) make for one very bad outcome.

    Yes, these crazies can make a mess with a knife or a machete, but for real bloodbath sized mess, automatic weapons come in handy. Orlando, the guy might have killed one, maybe two, before he was overpowered, at the very worst.

    Time for the US law enforcement agencies to ensure that they’re always a whole lot better armed than the civilians they’re meant to serve and protect. Wind civilian guns back down to the Peacemaker and the Winchester, good enough for great-grandpappy, and still lots of fun, for those that like that kind of thing.

    And good luck concealed-carrying either of those.



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  • @Vicki
    @OHooligan

    Third: private firearm ownership in the United States remains badly aligned along cultural needs, not rational, nation-state driven needs.

    Did either of you read beyond this title? Geopolitics is not suggesting the “adjustments” you people are suggesting but some pie-in-the-sky sea change that seems a bit airy fairy.



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  • @Neo #4

    I agree the suggestions in the article are “airy fairy.” The author might just as well suggest we give up our automobiles, with the same result. Ain’t gonna happen.

    But that certainly doesn’t mean we shut down discussion on gun control. I believe the majority of Americans want stricter controls, but they are shouted down by the wannabe mercenaries and the powerful lobbyists like the NRA, who have Congress in their pockets.



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  • @OP – But succumbing to anger, or depression, or any extreme emotion while trying to decide on policy is always a mistake. Here’s how to stay rational – and support good geopolitical decisions – in the wake of murder.

    That is one of the political policy making problems.

    Often it takes a calamity or disaster, to give the politicians the kick in the backside, to stop them prevaricating and to get them started with legislation.
    Unfortunately some will be stimulated into knee-jerk hysterical reactions, rather than constructing calmly thought-through policies!



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