Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mass shooters: look at their eyes

In many of these deranged killers I see a couple of peculiar things. Their eyes are wrong and their cheeks are wrong, in ways that produce a creepy effect.

Mass shooters get tons of press. It is because they have now become the poster boys for leftist gun control. We had mass shootings in the past but the news coverage had a different character. Now the coverage always includes many calls for political interventions, mainly for further gun laws restricting everyone, and thus lasts longer than it would if it were merely a matter of some people getting murdered in, say, Chicago's streetz or some other drug fueled free fire zone.

But the media circus does have a useful side effect. We see the killers' faces repeatedly. As a result of seeing so much of them, I have noticed something distinctly odd about those faces. There is a similarity of facial expressions. I think that is useful to remark on, for an explanation of it may further our understanding of such crimes.

In many of these deranged killers I see a couple of peculiar things. Their eyes are wrong and their cheeks are wrong, in ways that produce a creepy effect.

The eyes are glassy and indifferent, emotionally detached, soulless, cold, uncaring, reminding of the glass eyes of a doll, or of the open eyes of a dead animal.

The cheeks are held stiffly and rigidly in a straight face or, sometimes, in a smile that is somehow unnatural. Whatever is causing the peculiarity of expression, it's not normal. Eyes should be responsive to surroundings, cheeks flexible to express a variety of emotions.

I am not sure what I am seeing here, but I have some conjectures. For the moment, why don't you take a look and see what you think?

As to an explanation, there are several I would inquire into. Is there some dangerously psychotropic drug that produces this effect? Is it a manifestation of some sort of neurological problem? Is it a reflection of a particular kind of disturbed psychological state, or even the touch of the demonic? Any of those might account for it. I am for the present at a loss about it, but it does bear looking into. Understanding a common element in these crimes, beyond those we have already figured out, would be helpful in figuring out how to prevent the shootings.

It may be my background or my bias, but I see life's spiritual dimension as ever present in human decisions and actions, even in works of the most depraved kind. I get a creepy feeling from these faces because I sense that something has gone terribly wrong in the empathy that, at least minimally, should connect one person with all others.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ballistical correctness

I chicken wing. I cup & saucer. And I have been doing those things for a long time. For those but lately arrived in the shooting sports, those terms refer to small details in the way you hold a rifle and a pistol. They used to be right and proper things to do, but now they are supposedly passé. To hear some Internet commandos tell it, doing these things is gravely in error and a sure sign one is dull. Holding your guns in these ways is now out of fashion, if you please, and those of the high speed, low drag contingent on teh interwebz want you to know it.

Who asked them? If you are doing something that works for you, I suggest you keep on doing it. There are several advantages to these techniques. Thrusting your right elbow straight out when shooting a rifle, or even angling your elbow up a little from horizontal, creates a pocket in the shoulder joint to hold the rifle's butt securely in place. It also helps in controlling recoil. The recoil control aspect does not matter if you are shooting a .223, but not everyone shoots those.

The cup & saucer grip is a technique developed for the double action revolver. It does a fine job of keeping the thumb and fingers of your support hand out of the way of the long, double action trigger stroke and the moving hammer. People who have not learned how to do it claim that the firing hand will jump out of the support hand when you shoot, but that is easily avoided, with most calibers, by exerting a bit of downward pressure with the firing hand onto the support hand's palm--isometrics, you know.

How to chicken wing a rifle

How to cup & saucer a pistol

People love to feel superior and tell other people what they are doing wrong, a human trait as reliable as it is deplorable. What I would like to point out, for the benefit of interweb commandos, is that these old and supposedly passé techniques work as well as they ever did, which is rather well, thank you very much.