There is all this hullabaloo surrounding the killing of that Australian national. I’m not interested in getting into it, except for one thing.
I’m trying to understand the pathology behind “I’m bored. Let’s go kill someone. For the fun of it.”
People want to race this thing up, and that is fine. Have at it. There’s a white kid, a Black kid, a Latino kid, a guy from another whole country. I don’t have the energy for this one. My allotment is spread out elsewhere.
What interests me is that this might very well be an American Culture thing.
Or a Disenfranchised American Male Youth Culture thing. I don’t know. I’ve seen plenty of disenfranchised young American males around about the ages of that trio working, marching, and doing amazing work with for and in support of the Dream Defenders.
So there’s that.
When I saw the “bored” headlines, I was reminded of a documentary I saw many years ago. It was about heroin use. There was a young couple who started using that drug because as they said “One day we were sitting around bored. So we decided to do heroin”. I still to this day cannot understand the thinking behind that.
To me, boredom is lack of imagination. There are about 10 things you can do right now to combat boredom. Take a walk, go see a movie, rent a DVD, read a book, play a video game, do some housecleaning, clean up your email inbox, learn a language, cook a meal, call a friend.
Notice, start using a hardcore drug and go kill someone wasn’t on that list. You could say my list was hardly imaginative. I could agree with you. But I also want to point out that there is a huge middle ground of things to explore BEFORE you opt for murder as your choice to alleviate your boredom.
Maybe because I’m so far removed from the Gun Culture that is pretty much part and parcel of American Culture, that I just really don’t understand. Maybe Shootin Shit Up (including people) is the American Pastime, not baseball, as so many would romantically like to believe.
People around the world are increasingly coming to the (correct) conclusion that they might need to think twice before booking that American Vacation, or reconsider studying abroad here, as the likelihood of being a victim of gun violence becomes statistically more probable every day that tics by.
Clinging to your guns with your cold dead hand means you also allow for pretty much anybody to be able to easily get their hands on a firearm. Including young, bored male teenagers.
Giving them the option for killing, when perhaps, sans gun, they might have took their bored selves to the hoop court or over to a friend’s house to play video games, or some other activity that wouldn’t have resulted in murder.
The Gun Report. Kinda why I have to allocate my energy. If I got emotionally involved with every gun related murder, maiming and accident etc- that is ALL I’d be able to do. Understand. That list is for just ONE DAY. August 13th, 2013.