Tuesday, 21 June 2016
I'm back from London
You know, the difference between reasons and motivations when it comes to legislation is that... you can't really legislate against motivation. That'd be thought policing. Besides, motivation is never that important. People will always find an excuse if the right circumstances come together, and that excuse will later be called a "motivation". The result is that all you can do is legislate against the preconditions of the massacre. And I'd say in the case of Orlando the preconditions fall pretty much in line with any other mass shooting in USA: lack of even rudimentary gun control, mental illness, identity crisis, stuff like that. The deliberate cultural tension kept up between the West and the Muslim countries of the Near East probably didn't play much of a role, which makes Orlando fail the test of similarities with the preconditions of 9/11.