Colonel Evgeny Khrushchev, editorial board member of Veterans Today is also is the military analyst at Russia Today (RT)

Contrary to the family tradition, he didn’t apply to Vladivostok Navy Academy to join the Pacific Fleet but enrolled in the Red Banner Institute specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Experience

Afghanistan

PSYOPS officer of the 56th Airborne Assault Brigade in Gardez, Paktia, Democratic Republic of Afghanistan First Secretary of the Russian Embassy in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Yugoslavia

The Russian Airborne peace-keeping mission under the aegis of UNPROFOR.

The United States
The main mission: to promote rapport & rapprochement between Russian & American veterans, in close cohesion with US military attaché General Reppert and Special Forces General Metaxis.

* Led the 1st delegation of Soviet Afghan Vets to the US at the invitation of VVA & VVC
* Addressed SOLIC Command and JFK Special Warfare School
* Consulted CBS 60 Minutes on the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan
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* Featured by France Press, Boston Globe and USN& WR during the 1st Moscow putsch.

Inspired by Chinese strategy, Persian Sufi poetry and British cats; addicted to Country & Blues and muscle cars.

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Guns & Minds

GUNS & MINDS

By Colonel Eugene Khrushchev Editor

 

There’s no country in the world where in a bar you can’t smoke a cigar but you may sip bourbon with your Colt Python – only in America!

While the Pentagon assiduously burns billions of dollars to export the cult of violence abroad, in the meantime, back at the domestic front, the Connecticut carnage has resurrected the moribund discussion about the perennial issue: the national suicidal pastime which annually devours 30 000 people, including 2800 kids.

Even US casualties in Afghanistan, 309 KIA in 2012, is no match to 414 murders in New York City the same year, celebrated as the record lowest level in over 4 decades, down from the apex of 2000 annual homicides which accidentally coincides with the overall OEF body count since the beginning of the invasion.

I ain’t no gun-shy latte-lapping liberal or trigger-happy loony. As a veteran and responsible gun owner with a concealed carry permit, I have to admit that the sheer enormity of violence in the US doesn’t jibe well with black & white, left & right polarized partisanship.

In essence, the debate is divided & dominated by one question – what is the main culprit of the homeland heinous crimes, a deadly gun or an evil mind?

In Utopia, nobody would pack heat and everybody would live in harmony, in Dystopia, everybody would be armed to the teeth and dangerously paranoiac.

Given a choice between disarmament & arms race, the USA today is on a fast track to destination D – distraction or despair, you name it.

Spiking the guns

There’s no doubt that all too often, firearms figure prominently as killing multipliers in endemic shooting sprees. Nevertheless, to single them out as the one & only reason that gnaws at the heart of America would be:

  • Morally &intellectually dishonest, absolving the society at large, local community and individuals in particular from any duty & responsibility and shifting the blame from the perpetrators & collaborators to the material evidence to the crime.
  • Disingenuous – if guns were intrinsically sinful, US president, Congress and the Supreme Court wouldn’t kowtow to NRA. Stand united, they’d show the true colors and call for abolition of the 2d Amendment and comprehensive weapons ban.
  • Cynical – drugs, fast food & soft drink legally and profitably hurt more kids than illegal access to alcohol, tobacco & firearms. Who would dare to infringe on ‘freedom of choice’ and prohibit all sweet & slow killers?

The point is it takes a wicked mind to convert a gun into murderous accomplice, not the other way around.

Multiple delivery vehicles

The gun manufacturing industry is just a small bro of the omnipotent military industrial complex but it wields a tremendous clout over its customer base in the most politicized business in the US.

Some of its ethically-free members shamelessly exploit & condone the cult of violence, propagated by entertainment industry, as freebie product placement in toys, movies, TV and video training games, including the nefarious “Kindergarten Killer.”

Target audience

So, what drives the restless minds to ubiquitous guns, making Americans to pony up $12 billion for arms & ammo a year, come hell or high water?  Here’s a cursory profiling, but some characters could be tempted by multiple motives:

Frontier spirit: The true believers in the sacrosanct right for any individual to bear arms under the aegis of the 2d Amendment. They flatly refuse to consider a “states’ rights” view that the purpose of the clause is only to protect the States in their authority to maintain formal, organized militia units which are currently substituted and overrepresented by the Pentagon and the National Guard.

Whether they need a gun or not, it doesn’t matter: for ‘the freedom fighters’, the ‘right’ to  cling to firearms is  article of faith in preordained exceptionalism,  the ultimate totem of Americana, which,  even if imported, is more symbolic than Stetson hats and Lucchese boots made in the USA.

‘The freedom fighters’  are the posse comitatus and the storm troopers of the NRA who are ready to fight tooth & nail against Indians, Brits, aliens, commies, feds and legislators to protect their rights to bear arms any time anywhere, no matter what and the hell with individual responsibility and public safety.

 

Collecting spirit: This is a rarified breed of aloof connoisseurs which are mostly intelligence & military types, active duty and otherwise. They keep low profile and enjoy the pleasure of quietly building up their exquisite caches to the envy of their pals at local SWAT teams. They keep their powder dry, but they’re the champs at burning their greenbacks on amassing the formidable arsenals of trophies.

Shooting spirit: They love it, they know it and they do it skillfully, safely & responsibly. As hunters and sports enthusiasts, ‘the weekend warriors’ waste  more ammo than all other categories combined, being the most active fun-loving crowd among the gun owners. They don’t bullshit about guns & rights. For them, it’s all about shooting the bull’s eye.

Shopping spirit: Impulsive & skittish customers – prodded by fear factor, peer pressure and propaganda of violence, these armchair commandos and wannabe Rambos ogle a gun as an adult pacifier with ‘cool’ bragging rights, a tangible insurance against intangible threats, however remote & imaginary.

This nervous Nellie types are suckers for bigger, ‘baddest’ guns which they honestly believe could compensate their total lack of situational awareness and friend or foe selective accuracy under adrenalin rush of the enemy fire.

They are the driving force of consumerism and the firepower fetishism, oblivious to mundane murder depredations, only to be jolted into panic hoarding after media coverage of another shooting rampage or gun limitations rumor mill.

Possessed & obsessed

The extreme sides of the antisocial personality disorder are lopsidedly represented by traditional ‘sane’ majority and deinstitutionalized & marginalized ‘insane’ minority:

Long-time active serial killers: career criminals who don’t have suicidal ideations or qualms of conscience. As outlaws and the main customers of the firearms black market, they illegally & easily get anything they want and couldn’t care less about regulations & restrictions for legit gun owners.

The committed killers, isolated & organized, are responsible for overwhelming majority of the homicides – with and without firearms – but haven’t gotten public attention they deserve .The true heroes of the violence cult who made America exceptional by the notorious homicide rate (which exceeds Japan’s by 1000 times),   they represent & reproduce its core value, the freedom to kill & be killed.

One-time dormant multiple murderers: the miserable misfits aka psychos, while not necessarily ‘born to kill’, have their worst basic instinct awakened & conditioned by omnipresent propaganda of violence& vengeance.

They are the ultimate customers of the cult, who are capable to decode its subliminal message – death shall make thou free – into clarion call to action as the ‘ultimate solution’ to settle the scores with the hostile society.

The liberals have ‘liberated’ maniacs  from involuntary commitment, exposing them to the ‘values’ of violence, while the NRA has lobbied to protect their rights to legally obtain & keep firearms, thus channeling their macabre fantasies into outer world.

These ‘accidental’ murderers neglected or abused by their families & communities, perpetrate less than 1% of overall homicides, but attract 99% of media attention, prompting publicity vultures of their kind to step out from the dark and copycat their horrific crimes.

Mind Control

To paraphrase the old adage, guns don’t regulate themselves, people do. No doubt, it’s a commendable idea to tighten up gun legislature: eliminate restrictions on tracing info sharing (Tiahrt amendments), close the gaping loopholes in state laws, ban assault rifles & high capacity clips and establish comprehensive national FBI & ATF data clearing house to encompass prospective buyers, owners & guns.

Alas, in the Disunited States of America, it is a daydream that will hardly ever come true: a state of anarchy in firearms regulation has been created & guarded by cabal of special interests, led by NRA which controls pusillanimous politicians, represents armed extremists & psychos and discredits responsible gun manufacturers & owners.

If Biden & Bloomberg have mojo to win undeclared war by Americans against Americans for Americans, they should set the priorities straight: liberate the USA from the bloody NRA!

Are you ready for American Spring?

Godspeed and Happy New Year!



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142 Responses to "Guns & Minds"

  1. Yukon Jack  January 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Now that the gun grabbers are in full swing after their staged Sandy Hook hoax, did Hitler ban guns?

    http://www.natvan.com/national-vanguard/assorted/gunhitler.html

    “The spirit of National Socialism was one of manliness, and individual self-defense and self- reliance were central to the National Socialist view of the way a citizen should behave. The notion of banning firearms ownership was utterly alien to National Socialism. In the German universities, where National Socialism gained its earliest footholds and which later became its strongest bastions, dueling was an accepted practice. Although the liberal-Jewish governments in Germany after the First World War attempted to ban dueling, it persisted illegally until it was again legalized by the National Socialists. Fencing, target shooting, and other martial arts were immensely popular in Germany, and the National Socialists encouraged young Germans to become proficient in these activities, believing that they were important for the development of a man’s character. “

    • OrdinarySerf  January 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Or he was just getting them all proficient in gun usage for what was to come Yukon. The laws relating to guns are not that different from UK law today. From your link:

      “A permit to acquire a handgun or to carry firearms may only be issued to persons whose trustworthiness is not in question and who can show a need for a permit. In particular, a permit may not be issued to:

      1. persons under the age of 18 years;
      2. legally incompetent or mentally retarded persons;
      3. Gypsies or vagabonds;
      4. persons under mandatory police supervision [i.e., on parole] or otherwise temporarily without civil rights;
      5. persons convicted of treason or high treason or known to be engaged in activities hostile to the state;
      6. persons who for assault, trespass, a breach of the peace, resistance to authority, a criminal offense or misdemeanor, or a hunting or fishing violation were legally sentenced to a term of imprisonment of more than two weeks, if three years have not passed since the term of imprisonment”.

      Common sense I’d say.

  2. JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 1:19 am

    I already did. And you are a liar. If you “don’t care” then why are you here?
    You are a juvenile and a troll and you are trying to provoke a response which you aren’t going to get. Stew in it.

    JAK

  3. JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 1:10 am

    “so come on.. spit it out.. who do you think i am”?

    I have a better question than that:

    Who do you think I am?

    • JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 1:21 am

      Not in the least twit.

  4. JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Jackson
    January 1, 2013 – 12:50 am
    what are you on about? you think im someone you know? 13 years ? do me a favour and stop talking in riddles.. i assure you, im not anyone else who you think you know.. never gone by the name jason, nor do i get your stupid taco references..

    so come on.. spit it out.. who do you think i am?

    Inept. Try again.

    • JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 1:00 am

      And you actually are stupid enough to think I will fall for your tricks? Marvelous!
      Sorry Cy, but it didn’t work yet again.

    • JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 1:11 am

      Missed again Cy.

  5. JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Jackson
    December 31, 2012 – 11:55 pm
    i can see you really thought hard on that one too, didnt you…. that took a lot of effort. good job. well done.

    I don’t want to stress you too much, I know your facilities are limited.

    • JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Juvenile.
      How’s the motor home doing Jason Hammit?

    • JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 12:56 am

      Yes you do.

  6. JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Jackson
    January 1, 2013 – 12:08 am
    techniques? 1999? atta boy champ, you keep knocking out lines like that, leave the folks with no doubt whatsoever, dont strain yourself though.. wouldnt want you to do yourself an injury..

    i hope you know where the safety catch is on a gun, because youve repeatedly shot yourself in the foot here.. you ok chump? need a bit of a nap do we? you sound really tired…

    It didn’t work Cy. Try again.

    • JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 12:30 am

      Sorry Cy, missed yet again.

    • JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 12:38 am

      Junior, give it a rest. You are still just as stupid and juvenile as you were in 1999.

    • JKinTX  January 1, 2013 at 12:46 am

      I keep hoping for that from you myself, but in 13 years now, it just hasn’t been so.

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