I wonder, why do we live in such fear?
George Bush and Stephen Harper are two prime examples of Leaders (okay, so called leaders) that have gained prominence based on their ability to sell ‘fear‘ to the Voter, to secure their victories. Many Politicians claim to be ‘Law and Order‘ types, such as Rudy Guiliani, Stephen Harper, Mitt Romney, Hilary Clinton, and you have to wonder, is it a ploy only, to capitalize on our ‘fear‘?
Now Taser is marketing a civilian brand of their ‘Stun Gun‘ that is within the price range of most, and they claim it’s hard to keep them in stock, as they are being grabbed as fast as stores put them up for sale.
A few months ago, the world’s biggest stun gun maker revealed a lower-cost model primarily for civilians. The device has energized a mini-revolution in Taser sales, fuelling everything from designer colours for the fashion-conscious to Tupperware-like Taser parties for Southwestern soccer moms. (source)
From what it says, anyone can buy the ‘Stun Gun‘ that fires once, instead of multiple times like the Police version. The concept being that you zap someone, drop it, and run like hell. Now I can sort of see that, but what I don’t see is why do so many people feel they need that kind of protection?
Is our society that violent, or do we have the ‘perception‘ that it is?
Politicians argue that we need tougher sentencing by judges, something Stephen Harper is attempting here, while the fact remains that the United States has had tougher laws, penalties, in effect for years. It hasn’t made much of a dent, and Prisons are bulging with even more violent criminals than ever. So is the solution really increased penalties?
Can’t we find other alternatives, that work? Why do we feel the need to ARM OURSELVES, or use STUN GUNS? Do we not have Police Officers? Are they too few in number? If so, then maybe instead of adding to the Prison Population artificially, as Stephen Harper is trying to do with mandatory sentences, we should add more Police, improve response times, and improve patrols. Seems to me that would be more PROACTIVE, than just REACTIVE.
Maybe I just live in a sheltered part of Canada. I have no fear of being mugged, of being robbed. Yes, we have crime, and Victoria is not one of Canada’s least crime spots either. It is just that I don’t fear it, and I wonder why so many do? Is it the constant reiteration of crime news that has people quaking in their boots? I do have a lot of questions, but it seems that the more we give in to these fears, whether it is of being mugged, or being blown up by some terrorist, we are only feeding into the whole nightmare scenario. Being a victim is no fun, yet we seem to attack the problem with REVENGE, rather than trying to come to terms with WHY these things happen.
Are people robbing more because it is too hard to work for one’s money? Are we perhaps expecting way too much, no longer satisfied with working, saving, to obtain our goals in life? We want instant gratification so badly we are willing to risk Prison or even Death?
For me, the idea of individuals having access to Stun Guns is like giving a convicted felon an AK47. It makes no practical sense. All it will do is acerbate the situation, making crime and fear even more prevalent. I suppose it is simply a result of too good of a marketing campaign, and you know, I tend to lay the blame at the door of these Conservatives. Not the True Conservative, but the New Breed of Conservative, who exist solely to rape people’s rights, income, and dignity.
You know, the Stephen Harpers, George W. Bushes of the world.