Everyone has been shocked, angered, and disgusted by the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas where nineteen children and two adults were killed by an 18 year old real live dead American gunman with Brown skin and a Hispanic name. There is a blog post in this shooting somewhere. There always is. The thing is that Ye Olde Blogge has posted A LOT about mass shootings and police shootings and the gun problem in America because it happens A LOT.
The question always boils down to what can we do about mass shootings and gun violence.
Check these posts out for more about any one of the issues listed here:
- Our blossoming civil war,
- The narcissism of the far right,
- The Buffalo mass shooting,
- The moral injury of anti-#COVID19 folks,
- The dark tetrad of personality types,
- Illusory Explanation,
- Sportification of our politics, and
- Partisan coverage filtering
And if these don’t do ya, you can always search the blog.
The stumbling block seems to be can we do anything to curtail mass shootings. The Democratic-liberal side says a resounding yes, and the Repube-conservative side says no. The baffling thing is why wouldn’t anyone want to do anything about mass shootings? I get why Repube politicians don’t — corruption through the uncorrupting influence large unrestricted dark money donations that are protected “speech” — Thanks, John Roberts. But, what about the rank and vile MAGA base. Surely, they would want to stop school shootings. Right?
But they don’t. Let’s psysplore to see if there is any psyplanation as to why.
I searched through past posts because Ye Olde Blogge has been trying to make explicable the inexplicable when it comes to cray-cray right wing politics since 2016. Somewhere in those piles of bits, bytes, and pixels there has to be a cogent explanation for our macabre love affair with guns and death.
Here’s what emerged from the festering cease pit of MAGA subconscious: There’s the unholy trinity of abortion, guns, and racism that seems to be prominent issues among MAGA world and conservatives. There’s the #COVID19 shenanigans. There’s the dark tetrad of personality traits that seems to underpin conspiratorial thinking types and antisocial authoritarian types. And then, there’s the contributions of conservative media outlets and Repube politicians who provide the information and explanations that MAGA world spin their delusions from. It’s this last one, partisan coverage filtering and illusory explanation that we’ll focus on here.
Partisan Coverage Filtering and Illusory Explanation
Fox had Andrew Pollack, father of Meadow who died in the Parkland shooting. He became the darling of conservative media where school shootings are concerned because (1) he says the safety of children at school lies with the parents and (2) he espouses arming school personnel from police officers to teachers to administrators to the housekeeping staff, one presumes.
His beliefs fit nicely with both partisan coverage filtering and illusory explanation. Partisan coverage filtering is the bias that is induced when news “outlets selectively report information, leading viewers to learn a prejudiced set of facts.” There’s lots more of PCF to come, but by prominently featuring Pollack Fox gets its viewers focused on parental responsibility, something all white people like when considering the misbehavior of Black and Brown children. It pointedly does not direct attention at political inaction by politicians or the political actions by gun industry lobbyists.
It is also illusory explanation because it seems like it is giving a reasonable reaction to mass shootings, but it is really just a red herring. Illusory explanation is designed to offer a thin veneer of truthiness to whatever is being said and leave the listener satisfied with what was said, even though nothing has been explained, nothing is understood, and nothing has been solved.
Their “coverage” pushes on to more derpy schlock to mesmerize their stooges with. They show a clip of Biden’s address, but just the part about prayers and not his harsh words for the gun industry and their politicians that form the charms on their bracelet.
PCF occurs by making a convincing presentation that Biden is only concerned about sending prayers and not with trying to pass gun control legislation.
But, the shift to partisan politics, which is bad after shootings because grieving, even though the actual act of the mass shooting is political and attempts to stifle discussion of legislation is political. By smearing those who want to talk legislation as political, they limit the information that their viewers will absorb.
The next part of Fox’s “coverage” shifts to the illusion of explanation: focus on the generation of lost young men and saving the soul of this country and getting children to protect themselves. All of that is illusory. So much sugar dissolving in the empty heads of Fox viewers. What generation of lost young men? Are they all wandering lost in a national wilderness somewhere? The soul of the nation is great and all, and undoubtedly sick since we seem to revelle in the death of a few thousand school children every year as the price of the Second Amendment, but does it really help us solve the problem? Hell, no.
And, the kicker, putting police officers in every school. The only thing they seem to be good for is beating the crap out of Black and Brown kids. The armed guard at Tops in Buffalo was shot dead. The armed cop at Parkland hid outside. That’s no solution, but it sounds like it could be.
These are some of my personal favorites in the three card Monty routine that is Fox News coverage. It’s all our faults… take your children to church. It’s all our fault, except its the fault of all those parents (liberals) who don’t love Jeebus right. Love your neighbor… tired of evil. Love your neighbor unless they are supporting abortion, CRT, gun control, or any of a whole host of divisive social issues because evil.
Blaming it on evil is in itself illusory explanation because it doesn’t really explain anything, just like the will of god doesn’t explain anything, either. And, it doesn’t get us anywhere other than hating liberals who, as we all know, are evil personified.
The crowning achievement of illusory explanation in the “coverage” was, the unlocked door. Oooh, if only they hadn’t left that door unlocked he woulda only kilt his grandma and never figured a way into the school or gone to shot up anyone or anything else.
And, this is how you get MAGA nation to blaming anything and anyone other than the gun industry and their bought and paid for politicians.
Surely this post is worthy of being shared!
It does give a firm and definite explanation for why MAGA nation firmly believes that guns should be the leading killer of children in the US. Who else has explained it so succinctly or convincingly?
Surely, it earns a like and a five-star rating because of its clarity of making explicable the inexplicable, right?
Surely, you are moved to comment because who doesn’t have an opinion on the various and sundry mass shootings that afflict our land?
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Categories: Gun Violence