I believe the reason for the love of guns in America is spiritual/psychological, rooted in fear and lies. The people of the 13 colonies were hyped up to believe that “tyranny” was imminent (hyped up by a wealthy upper class that stood to profit more by paying less taxes and not being limited by the Crown from settling behind the Appalachians). They bought the hype and believed that only bloodshed and the sacrifice of sons—even the apparent bulk of Christian ministers cast off “render unto Caesar” in favor of violence against the state and enemies. Then, the worst possible outcome for the American psyche: they *won*! Because they won, their faith and hearts clung to that which they believed gave them victory: 1) abandoning diplomacy & peace in favor of violence, 2) guns, etc. This solidified a deep spiritual and psychological attachment in the national psyche and kept alive by the education system as part of the national mythos. It has kept alive (as necessary) the often irrational fear of imminent tyranny. It has made “war” sacred and the sacrifices of soldiers beyond question. You can question any religious dogma, but as soon as you question whether soldiers’ sacrifices were right or not, you’ve crossed the line.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
From 1776 to Roseburg
My mom came across this interesting comment online and sent it to me: