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Ted Killian
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AMERICAN MEN ON NOTICE

We have a problem — violent male anger (since it is pretty obvious that estrogen does not make women commit similar mass atrocities). We need to keep ourselves under control guys. It's time we men admit that any violence problem there is in American society is strictly on us. The ladies don't have this problem. We do. We need to do whatever it takes to fix it.

It is time we stop hiding behind excuses like "Well, I'm a man and I only 'act out' because I (genetically) need to be macho." or "It's PTSD, and the war made me do it." or "My daddy beat me when I was a kid, so I gotta beat someone too, cuz I don't know any better." Most of us may control and hide our inner "angry dude" pretty well. But is obvious that a lot more of us don't even recognize him when we look in the mirror..

The evidence is clear. We don't see a whole lot of women soldiers coming home from war and taking out their families or neighborhoods. We don't see any abused loner girls (and surely there must be a lot of them) growing up and taking out their elementary, junior, or high schools. How many women do you know that like to sit around and complain of the "the gubmint" and clean and fondle their weapons while talking about "2nd amendment solutions."

For chrissakes! Doesn't anybody recognize that even those code words "2nd amendment solutions" are an invitation to murder (and probably mass murder) in concept? Men, we have a problem, and I think it is us. Violence and murder are not a constitutional right. Violent physical anger is not just a quirk of being a "guy" that we can nod and wink about, and go "Phew, I am glad it wasn't me (this time) in the news."

Yes, indeed, we also have a gun problem too. Because when violent male anger finds a handy weapon (automatic or not) it is an almost inevitable recipe for someone else's pain (and often as not, an innocent by-standing someone). If we cannot simply (in every case) go in and snip off the source of this excess of angry testosterone we need to at least make the tools of mass shootings less handy.

Frankly I don't care how it gets done. Whether it is en masse, forced gun confiscation or requiring by law that all gun-toting folks have similar training, testing, liability insurance, and secure lockup, for every single gun owned in America (similar to automobiles) making ownership of personal arsenals expensive and time consuming. Plus, it makes a lot of sense — all cars have key locks, maybe all guns should have them too.

And please, please, please, let's staunch the veritable flood of conceal carry permits that's currently happening in many states. Unless you have a legitimate (i.e. official) business walking round town with a hidden gun in your belt, fanny pack, armpit, or butt-crack. The rest of us should at least know about it — so as to be able to avoid you!!! Please, wear a big bright neon-orange NRA button if you want. Good guy or bad guy, avoiding you would probably be to the distinct benefit of everyone's safety.

Another cottage industry developing in some states is the permitting of gun silencers. That simply has to stop. The current excuse for ordinary, everyday people buying gun silencers being "I don't have to wear expensive ear protection at the gun/rifle range" is a bit of a stretch. That being patently bogus, no other legitimate reason can be imagined other than being able to shoot something or somebody and be able to sneak away undetected. Both of those sound like crime in-the-making, or at least crime being contemplated.

Guys, if you cannot control your testosterone-fueled actions, then the only solution that makes sense is to get rid of the handy tools of violence (mass- or otherwise). We must do it now. If you don't, the truth is that, the girls and women of this country will rise up and do it for you. And in truth, I am sortta rooting for them. Their time is coming.

— Ted Killian, 02/20/2018

"Dearest Jesus, come and sit with us today. Show us the lies that are still embedded in the soul of America’s consciousness . . . Jesus, give us courage to embrace the truth about ourselves and you and our world. Truth: We are all made in your image. Truth: You are God; we are not. You are God; money is not. You are God; jails, bombs and bullets are not. " — Excerpt from "Never to Leave Us Alone: The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King, Jr."

“First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” — Martin Luther King Jr., Letter From a Birmingham Jail, 1963

“The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.” — Martin Luther King Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference speech, 1967

“The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.” — Martin Luther King Jr., “The Three Evils of Society,” 1967

“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn. The reality of substantial investment to assist Negroes into the twentieth century, adjusting to Negro neighbors and genuine school integration, is still a nightmare for all too many white Americans . . . These are the deepest causes for contemporary abrasions between the races. Loose and easy language about equality, resonant resolutions about brotherhood fall pleasantly on the ear, but for the Negro there is a credibility gap he cannot overlook. He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.” — Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go From Here, 1967

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” — Martin Luther King Jr., “Beyond Vietnam,” 1967

"Again we have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that Capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice. The fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor – both black and white, both here and abroad.” — Martin Luther King Jr., “The Three Evils of Society,” 1967

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” — Martin Luther King Jr., “Revolution of Values,” 1967

“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear?…It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.” — Martin Luther King Jr., “The Other America,” 1968
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