There are two errors in response to shocking events; rushing to apply a single analysis to complex events is one of them but not talking about them at all is another.
But right now this is too much for me to process – there are too many elements from institutional racism, militarised/aggressive policing, unresolved historical injustices, gun ownership, the notion that guns are a form of self-defence, the impact of violence and all of the previous elements on core freedoms (e.g. the freedom to protest or just the freedom for a person to go about their business without fear) but also how technology can make what might have been an impersonal statistic to most of the world into a personal connection to a distraught woman facing a shocking act of violence.
Gun control won’t solve police brutality, nor will it prevent violence against the police. It won’t stop institutional racism nor will it address centuries of social and economic discrimination. A focus on guns might even hide issues on police violence and deaths in custody that don’t necessarily involve guns.
BUT, in all of the above the addition of readily available firearms and unquestioned belief that possessing a gun make an individual safer, only makes the deeper issues worse and makes resolving those issues harder.
The US is not unique in the Anglophone world. Recent events in the UK have shown xenophobic violence increase. Nor is police violence uniquely American, nor is policing that impacts on particular sections of society disproportionately. Indigenous men in Australia have a disproportionate chance of dying in custody for example http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-24/sharp-rise-in-number-of-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody/4711764 not always from overt violence but from lack of care. However, high levels of gun availability only add to intensity and complexity of these issues in America.
Looking away from the police; violent crime is not a uniquely American issue. Anti-police violence is not a uniquely American issue. Political violence is not a uniquely American issue. But again easy availability of guns can only exacerbate those issues and the chance of fatalities.
Societies work on trust. Violence is by definition an attack on an individual but it is also an attack on the trust that societies need to function. Carrying a gun for personal defence is a statement of mistrust – it asserts that the gun carry does not trust those about them not to be violent and it asserts a willingness to kill people around them. The threat of violence is a threat towards all other liberties and it is a threat towards a functional society. That doesn’t mean armed people are monsters or inherently aggressive or that they INTEND to express mistrust by carrying a gun – whether they are a police officer or an ordinary person with legitimate concerns for their safety. Meaning isn’t purely what a person intends by what they say or do – it rests in how a society reacts to words, symbols and actions. Regardless of what a person carrying a gun intends, the net effect is to create barriers against trust whether conscious or subconscious.
But people have been fed a lie – police and ordinary people – that carrying a gun is a reasonable method of self-defence. It is a plausible lie and one that it is easy for intelligent people to believe but a lie nonetheless.
As the person who volunteered to read Vox Day’s obnoxiousness so everybody else doesn’t have to, it isn’t surprising to find he has posts on the events in Dallas. Nor is it surprising to find him saying things like “it is becoming increasingly obvious that those terrible racist Southern segregationists were correct all along”. https://voxday.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/the-predictive-model.html
However, I note some surprise from others to his first post on the shootings in Dallas which contains sentiments that people might find surprising from the right:
Is it a tragedy? Of course. Even worse, it is an unnecessary one. Did these specific police officers deserve to die? Almost certainly not. But no amount of moral posturing or striking ferocious pro-police poses is going to change the fact that the only way to avoid more attacks like this is for the police departments of America to stop pretending that being scared is sufficient justification for shooting a member of the public and start holding their killer cops fully accountable for their actions every single time an unarmed or non-aggressive person is shot. https://voxday.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/4gw-in-dallas.html
As I’ve pointed out previously, Day (and the alt-right in general) will attack conservative using arguments that appear to be those of the left as well as arguments that are extreme right. With the attacks in Dallas, he is doing both by pitching pro-segregationist arguments, anti-BLM rhetoric but also anti-police militarisation arguments (even though greater gun-control for the police will enable greater gun control for society overall).