Organizations like Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League—if one assumes that they believe in the teachings of the messiah, Margaret Sanger—are proponents of population control, particularly of life unworthy (or at least that is the philosophy promulgated by Sanger in The Pivot of Civilization). "Birth Control: To create a race of thoroughbreds" was one of the slogans of the early incarnation of Parenthood. Who was Sanger referring to as “borderline cases” who were a “greater menace” than “imbeciles’? Racial minorities? But we won’t dwell on such speculations at the moment, since Republicans, right-wing extremists and the National Rifle Association also have a “plan” at reducing the population.
Some people are not as sanguine about this as others; I occasionally listen to “A Prairie Home Companion” hosted by Garrison Keillor, which usually airs on Saturday afternoon on NPR; back in the day when radio was the principle form of media entertainment, some of those old shows were wickedly clever in the way they drew laughs or terror in order to hold the attention of the listening audience. In the humor department, “Companion” gives you an idea of what “old time” radio was like. This past weekend the show aired an advertisement for a “shoulder-mounted automatic hunting rifle” for the hunter whose “aim is not what it used to be.” The rifle comes with a 250-round drum and a flamethrower, so you can kill game and cook it at the same time; thrown-in for free is a metal detector—so you can more easily find your kill, or what's left of it. An old geezer says his new rifle comes in handy since “I used to hunt with a shotgun before my glaucoma got so bad.”
Obviously this is a spoof on how gun rights activists insist that assault rifles with 50-round drums have some useful purpose and are driven crazy by the idea that such weapons should be banned from civilian ownership; nobody intends to go hunting for “game” with such weapons, unless it is human game—as we have seen dozens of times too often in the past decades. Polls show that a majority of Americans support a ban on these weapons, but because the fanatical core of its constituency opposes any regulation on gun ownership, the Republican Party continues to block action on gun legislation in the wake of the Connecticut massacre. It’s the same old story: After a shooting rampage, people wail in sorrow and demand something be done, the media exploits it for ratings, and the NRA chimes in that it is just some lone madman and the solution is not less, but more, guns.
When the inevitable next carnage occurs, the country goes through the same mendacious cycle again. And again. And again.