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  •  It's about development as a person. (3+ / 0-)
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    The infant/early toddler feels that it should get absolutely everything it wants, and immediately.

    We socialize, we grow, we learn give and take.

    But some people, they just don't like that part of life. What they want is what they want, when they want it, with nobody putting any obstacles in their way, or judging them. But they know they can't just come out and say that.

    So they invent all sorts of rationales. The details of which, whether dressed as religion or sober realism or social theory or political philosophy ... it all boils down to "I have an inherent right to treat you as I will." And nothing... nothing... nothing else.

    Plus, there's a huge physical rush in both fear and lashing out in anger. One feels distinctly present and vital in both instances.

    Infantilism. plus the adrenaline kick, and there's their true story.


    Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

    by Jim P on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:35:43 PM PST

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    •  I said there are some people... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...who are hard-wired to hate/fear. But there are other causations and we shouldn't get wrapped-up in one or two. This distracts from the REAL issue in all of this. Simply:

      Automatic weapons are a public health issue.

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:39:16 PM PST

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      •  What we have to fear, is fear itself. (0+ / 0-)

        These 300,000,000 guns are symptoms of paranoia, plus a little bit of hunting.

        "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

        by bontemps2012 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 09:26:02 AM PST

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