For a brief moment, after all those kids were shot to death in Connecticut, it looked as if Washington might stint the sale to civilians of weapons of war. This aberrant thinking was deftly rectified by the NRA, which blamed shooting rampages not on easy gun availability, but on inadequate mental health care. Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical companies have been chomping at the bit for equal funding ever since it was discovered that “mental” illness is nothing more than another “physical” illness that can be treated with pills.
Washington pointedly is justifying its new mental health treatment equity rules on the NRA’s deflection of outrage from unbridled guns to unbridled psyches. The move can be chalked up as a victory for the NRA and the pharmaceutical companies, and a defeat for the insurance companies, who will now have to figure out how to tweak their premiums to cover this new mandate.
Thankfully, these new rules will provide a boost for the economy, as even more people than ever will be doing their shopping while medicated.
To change the subject somewhat: While I am not a conspiracy theorist, on this anniversary of the Kennedy shooting, I’ll admit that I am one when it comes to that event. It has nothing to do with the grassy knoll, or redacted Warren Commission documents, or the mysterious death of Dorothy Kilgallen. My conviction that there was more to it than officially acknowledged arises from the murder of Oswald by Jack Ruby. Applying Occam’s razor to that strange denouement – a second assassination by a basically apolitical nightclub owner with mob connections, who was suffering from incurable cancer – a conspiracy seems to be the most likely cause of the whole miserable effect.