Never Yell “Trump!” In A Crowded Theater

Someone apparently yelled “gun!” at a recent Trump rally in Reno, Nevada. It caused a crowd panic, and Trump was rushed off the stage. While I’m neither totally for nor against guns (or other weapons), I couldn’t help but appreciate the irony of all these gun-worshipping, wannabe bad-asses (including Trump himself) panicking as soon as someone shouts about their beloved object.

You see, guns are another thing that people often get totally wrong. It does not pay to worship guns, people. Contrary to what so many Republicans think, guns do not equal freedom. At the same time, it does not pay to think eradicating guns resolves all, or even most, crime. Look at the UK, which has far less guns than the US. They actually have a lot of knife violence. And sure, one could say violence in America is worse in this way or that, but the point is that violence can and does happen just fine without guns. As another example, the Rwandan genocide was committed by a combination of machetes, clubs and guns. And, as we all know, plenty of terrorist acts are committed by none of those, but instead by bombs.

My point is not even against gun control per se, but simply noting that it’s not going to stop all of the violence. At best, it will make violence a little harder to carry out successfully.

Going back to the Trump example, it harks back to the power of shouting “Fire!” in a crowded room. Living 12 miles away from historic Calumet, MI, I occasionally hear a similar story: The Italian Hall Disaster of 1913. What happened? Striking mine workers and their families were having a party, when someone shouted “Fire!,” and a stampeded for the door killed 73 people (of which 59 were children). Many believe it was a strike breaker who yelled the fateful word. Whoever did it made history, and folk music legend Woody Guthrie wrote a song about it.

 

The Trump rally did not result in such a tragedy, though Trump’s election certainly would be tragic.  Concerns about his fascistic ambitions are often portrayed as the paranoid, delusional yippings of a collective “liberal” mutt, but the guy blamed for causing the Reno panic did not cry “Fire!,” or even “Gun!” All he did was carry an anti-Trump sign. Someone else apparently shouted “Gun!,” and the anti-Trump guy was mobbed and initially blamed for what went down.

This occurrence resulted from a confluence of factors. We have two morons running for President, and Presidents have always been destructive to human intelligence in general. The endless war is screwing everything up, too. Basically, with the two candidates you have the same problem you have with guns versus knives or bombs. If all of the candidates are potentially dangerous, they are all potentially dangerous. You can argue that one’s better and safer than another, but that doesn’t mean they necessarily are. Their powers may be in unsafe hands, and such positions of power and privilege are very often used in terrible ways.

It’s also a matter of long-range stupidity, which is truly one of the dangerous things about guns, too (moreso than knives). Guns are still dangerous from a distance. So are politicians. They can do a lot of damage with just the stroke of a pen, from thousands of miles away. From that distance they don’t need to even see the damage. They can just hear back about it.

It’s similar to how few companies want to just act locally. If you only act locally, there is a greater risk of accountability. However, if your company is a giant, globalist entity with all sorts of components, it can get away with more crooked stuff, and still convince people it’s wholesome. Maybe businesses aren’t all equally crooked, but that can be pretty similar to guns versus knives, Hillary versus Trump, etc.

There’s also the difference between random, sporadic violence and a government’s monopoly on legitimized force. Government can do far crazier things than shouting “Fire” in a crowded theater, but mostly because the average theater shouter isn’t propped up by millionaires and billionaires, and lacks good PR.

Then again, a hypothetical union buster at the Italian Hall would have been backed by the fatcats, so my comparison’s a bit muddled. I’ll never claim that I can explain everything.

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