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Remember that kind of question for standardized tests?
Those questions kind of smoked me, because I had lived overseas for most of my life, then moved back to the States about the time that it was appropriate for me to start taking standardized tests. I didn’t get it. My word association came mostly from experiences gleaned in the third world. The gears didn’t mesh.
Then I got it, gears meshed, I was good for standardized tests.
Now, I see articles and memes of people ransacking stores for toilet paper. Okay. We all want to keep our tooshie clean.
Lately, I’ve seen a lot of articles about people surging to gun stores. And articles about states and municipalities wondering whether gun shops were “essential” and could stay open. All kinds of folk want to purchase a firearm in these days of uncertainty.
Check it out, brethren: If you started to become concerned when COVID-19 raised its hoary head and then decided, upon our mostly universally cooperative decision to huddle in place like little furry prey animals in their den, to purchase a firearm “just in case,” then you are already on the losing end of the curve.
Okay, you got yourself a firearm. Kudos. Do you know how to load, clear, and reduce stoppage on that firearm when your heart-rate is through the roof, your breathing is like the bellows in a forge, and your hands are shaking like you’ve been snorting crystal meth through a hooker’s g-string? No? Then you’re most likely screwed, and more of a danger to yourself and those you love than any rampant COVID-19 purveyors of mayhem.
But putting out effective fires is not why people ran out to purchase firearms. Or toilet paper.
People want a talisman, a symbol they can hold before them and believe that they have some small modicum of control over their lives. Whether that talisman can actually help them impose control over a chaotic universe is not a central consideration.
Firearms, maybe. Toilet paper probably not so much.
A weapon you haven’t taken to the range, run a coupla/three boxes through, done misfire drills with; also probably not so much. Okay, definitely not so much.
Don’t look for talismans or totems.
Look for tools.
Then get through this.Published in