Saturday morning again.
Ancient 50s-60s cowboy shows on tv.
It was okay to kill the bad guys. It was perfectly acceptable for Lucas McCain to shoot 3 guys before the midway interruption for advertisements.
Paladin shot anybody who disagreed with him, but he usually got paid for it, so that was okay.
Nobody ever had regrets.
I'm older than most of the gun toting good old boys who show up at protests with their weapons de jour.
Perhaps they've been watching these old cowboy shows on television, or maybe they've been watching movies about Iraq or WWII or Korea. Maybe they've not been watching MASH but instead old John Wayne flicks. Like the one where he kills off Japs or Nazis or Commies somewhere.
Not the ones where John Wayne dies, there were only a few of them. And not the ones where the lesser Army guys or Marines or Sailors get blasted.
Face to face killing.
Who can tell.
I saw these shows and movies when I was a kid. The bad guys had to die.
The honest to goodness (or badness) bad guys had to be eliminated.
Is this the current mentality?
Or is it unused testosterone? Dormant urge to kill manifested by protests and candidates for office.
I don't know. This may be a question for the wisest among us, for i can't answer it.