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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:06 AM

The Choice of Guns Over Butter

The Choice of Guns Over Butter
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:54
By Gary G Kohls, Consortium News | News Analysis

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The withered old man was found dead in his bed, surrounded by rifles, pistols and guns of every description. Boxes of bullets and cartridges were stacked on the floor. He had a knife in his cold, dead hand and an actual harpoon was leaning against his refrigerator, which was empty. In a nation of plenty and with grocery stores in the man’s neighborhood, the well-armed man had starved to death.

He had fiercely exercised his precious Second Amendment rights but had ignored his neighbors, family and his health. He had apparently heard the National Rifle Association’s sermons about defending one’s property against intruders – by lethal means if necessary – but he had chosen to remove himself from civil society and starved to death, all alone in his well-defended room.

The man had wasted away, in a paranoid state, while “defending” himself against imaginary “others” who never did come to rob him. He had spent all of his money, including his Social Security and pension checks, on guns and ammunition, but he had spent nothing on food or life-sustaining activities. He was obsessed by the fear of burglars and thieves, and it had cost him his life.

And, what was perhaps a more tragic reality, he had been suspicious of his neighbors, all of whom were potential friends, although many were probably keeping their distance from the crazy old man with the guns.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:09 AM

1. This isn't a "gun" story, it's a mental illness story

 

Suicide by self-starvation.

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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:44 AM

2. Paranoia is a mental state. But I would blame the 'gun culture' and NRA for

creating the paranoia. It's sweeping this country.

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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:45 AM

3. More about mental illness than anything. It's about guns, and mental illness, and the breakdown of

community, and our culture of violence. Talking about just one or two things won't help.

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