By ann summers
Orlando’s horrific domestic extremist attack demonstrates that with the constant, cyclical negation of private and public rights there cannot be win-win solutions in a modern democracy that has foundationally resisted the notion of a theocratic state.
An acceptable measure of public safety is possible with a society and economy based on exchange-values that exceed use-values whether it’s interest charges, taxes, or simple profit based on consumer price ignorance.
And then there’s credit and debt, and all the possible hard feelings that can cause conflict over property, public and private.
And there’s even a micro-aggression for all of the above with the attendant offenses of everyday life — misinterpreted stereotyping and disrespect with posturing ranging from offensive t-shirts to open-carrying firearms.
But there’s never absolute public safety, whether it’s poor driving or basic actions while not caring about self or others. At what moment is inflammatory speech actionable intelligence when ignorance is the core meaning for major party candidates.
“Pulse usually hires armed off-duty police officers who stay in the parking lot outside”
Trying as a former CIA officer attempted to do in a CBS interview today by drawing a direct line to Daesh does not address the fundamental psychological and terror threat disqualifications for firearms operation and purchasing.
Safe places are never safe when even as a guard can exchange fire with the assailant and yet most of the carnage may have all occurred within the first minutes as the attacker fled into the restroom.
There will be the hypothetical of thinking that safety could have come from identifying and regulating the assailant’s possible bi-polar condition should have disqualified him from firearms purchases or that even that that condition may have come from a failure to find personal peace from commitment to an ideological practice that included pilgrimages to international sacred sites.
Had Orlando’s attacker taken an isolated rural wildlife refuge hostage rather than a gay club bathroom, it could have had a different outcome with lower loss of life, but would still be a terrorist act with the same kinds of legal violations and breach of a social contract for ideologically suspect reasons no less pathological nor with less potential lethality. Tarps are not Burkas, but terrorist intentions do share the same levels of cultural psychosis about safety and trust.
And armoring every public space or arming every person is not like trying to promote a safer society not predicated on firearms use or possession and all the political exploitation of that capital.
And yet we focus more on firearms than peace and threats about hateful dominance rather than loving cooperation.