By The Editorial Board, Dec. 11 2015 (LINK to editorial)
"The nation needs restoration of a federal assault weapons ban . . "If America (or any other state) were a genuine nation it wouldn't have lobbies which put the commercial self-interests of particular industries before the interests of society at large.
And it's not just the gun lobby, but those of ALL major industries, some less, some more harmful, especially when one thinks of the fossil fuel industries, who put their short-sighted commercial self-interests before the very habitability of our planet.
It is no good wagging our fingers at the gun industry, when effectively ALL industries do the same. It's just that the unscrupulousness of other industries is not so blatantly obvious or harmful.
So, if America is not a nation, what is it? it's a mercenary "patron state" deceitfully posing as a nation, in order to legitimise itself, its ruling elites and the immense power they wield and abuse, to their own personal advantage and that of favoured (especially wealthy and academic, formerly priestly) clients, at the expense and ultimate self-destruction of society at large.
Why has this not been recognised by the academics we look to as authorities in understanding society and the state? Because, like their medieval predecessors and counterparts, they are themselves privileged clients and employees of our "patron state", with a massive personal self-interest (subconscious more than conscious) in rationalising and defending its role, self-image (as our "nation") and ideologies (social, political, economic and racial, formerly religious), on which the state bases its claim to moral and knowledgeable authority.
The gun lobby is just a symptom of a much deeper malady which threatens the very survival of our civilisation and which I elaborate on in this BLOG.