(There’s a yellow streak in Texas, that you’ve got to see,
and nothing else can cure her, but guns for you and me…)
The media once again have astonishing news from Texas. Apparently a curious hysteria has taken over more of the state than is usual, even for the fastest guns in the West. Because of a very small-scale training exercise by the US military (Jade Helm 15), Texans have hoarded guns and amunition to defend themselves against their own government. In the NY Times, Bill Ford, a commissioner in Tom Green County, is quoted as saying: “If the government has an idea they can come in and take over, and take guns away, the stupidest place they could come is West Texas. There’s more guns and ammo here and more people willing to use them than any combat area they’ve fought in.”
In the same article, a hairdresser, Ms. Miller is quoted as saying “They’re worried that they’re going to come in and take their firearms away. I try not to listen to all these conspiracy-theory-type people. All they’re worried about is their beer and their guns.”
According to Robert A. Burton, M.D., “Given what we now know about the biology of schizophrenia, we recognize that the patient’s brain chemistry has gone amok, resulting in wildly implausible thoughts that can’t be talked away with logic and contrary evidence.” (from “On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not.”) That tens of thousands of Americans are killed every year by gun owners is a fact that one should not look at, for fear of having to face all kinds of other facts.
When I worked on my uncle’s farm, as a young boy outside Berlin, the strongest plow horse in the stable (not unlike Texas in basic strength) would go hysterical when it so much as saw the outline of a double-decker bus across the farm fields. We would try everything possible to prevent it seeing one of those public vehicles, but the horse seemed to have an uncanny sense of one coming over the horizon, even before we could. Probably a genetic phobia of government-funded transportation unfairly competing with horse and buggy.
Men and women on the Right often try to portray themselves as being especially macho when they unzip their gun cases. But is not a far more plausible interpretation of such constant calls to arms an inordinate Angst, a fear of ever unknown eventualities, nightmares probably induced by too much red meat before bedtime? Which is more courageous, a society in which guns and other weapons are simply banned as insane killing machines or a society which is so fearful that it rather sees tens of thousands of its own members killed every year than forgo a spurious “right to bear arms”? – Should we have more compassion with our fearful, neurotic Texans?