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A better use for December 6

I did something “Politically Incorrect” on December 6th, and I’m glad. Early that afternoon, I sent my son in Finland, his Finnish-speaking brother in Canada, two professors in Finland with whom I worked when Editor of Ecoforestry, and three others, an Independence Day message.

It never occurred to me that it was Marc Lepine Day in the approximate sense that October 5 is Guy Fawkes day in the UK… until the 5PM CBC Radio News came on, with a lead-story “commemorating the Montreal Massacre … demanding that the Long Gun Registry be kept.” In perspective,“Marc Lepine day” was not worth lead story status, 22 years after the event; and the Long Gun Registry should fairly be described as over-reaction and if not scrapped, at least reformed to restore a presumption of innocence. It may have been “Politically Incorrect” to forget Lepine’s rampage and remember Finnish Independence Day—but methinks it was the right thing to do.

That 1989 “Montreal Massacre” is the least deadly event this writer has seen called ‘massacre': The second smallest number of deaths was at the Wounded Knee Massacre. Fourteen died at the Ecole Polytechnique: Larger numbers of people have been killed in several car bomb, suicide bomb, and public transit bombings during the 22 years since. These events have not been called massacres. 146 died at Wounded Knee.

Memorable massacres usually involve thousands to hundreds of thousands dying: The Katyn Forest, Srebernize [Srebrenica], Rwanda, and Assyria in the time of Timurlane and again in the early 20th Century. (Ironically, the ancient Assyrians, when they conquered, are reported to have massacred their enemies and piled up hundreds of severed heads to intimidate the survivors, though no statistical specifics got through to our time.)

The Nazi Holocaust stands out among those for which we have some approximate count of the victims: Some six million Jews and no small number of Christians and “untermenschen,” died in a drawn-out, deliberate mass murder. My Finnish Independence Day message named one of the Christians, Dietrich Bonhöffer, who went back to Germany from a safe professorship in the US to stand, and eventually die, in solidarity with the Confessing [Lutheran] Church.

The distinctives of the Marc-Lepine “massacre” were that he killed women and ranted against Feminism. If his act is labelled more drastically than others, equally deliberate[1] and involving more deaths, that label represents an implicit condemnation of his act as horrible for reasons other than just the number who died. There are two obvious candidates for “reasons”: The notion that women’s lives deserve more protection than men’s[2]; and the notion that Feminism, not the works of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Moses, Muhammad, or the Buddha, is sacred.

The special protection of women began in a context where men expected to be the adventurers and risk-takers and women expected to stay home and nurture babies, children, the sick,and the very old. When women had precedence in the loading of lifeboats and the custody of children, as part of a deliberately sheltered and restricted life scope; and men had precedence in higher education and the professions, it resembled a balance. When women have precedence in all four, it more resembles a caste system, with men beneath women. The “long gun registry” came into existence more or less along with the caste system.

The “registry” is more than the word implies. The idea that the police should know whether one has hunting arms, and how many, is something one might have reservations about to the extent that the police represent other values; but to which most Canadian men would consent. The practice, however, is to require all gun owners to apply every five years for continued permission to keep their guns. What’s more, every cohabiting male applicant must get the approval of the woman living with him, in order to receive continued permission[3]. It’s a real incentive to avoid manipulative and vindictive women, and to some extent, to avoid doing anything “Politically Incorrect”: It’s a chill-law.

If the rules changed to allow the noncriminal, non-crazy majority, lifetime permission to keep guns (or perhaps, allow non-criminal rural citizens that lifetime permission and be slightly more restrictive of urban residents); that would be a good step toward the presumption of innocence. A criminal conviction could still over-rule the “usual procedures”; the problem currently is that the usual procedures treat well-behaved non-criminals as one would expect criminals and the unstable to be treated. (Whether that “good step” is better or worse than the complete elimination of registration, is a separate question and too extensive to address here.)

As to how many people’s lives the “Registry” saves per year, let’s remember that statistics are never any better than the data collection and coding practices that underlie them. One wonders how a life comes to be deemed to be saved by the Gun Registry; and two concerns arise:

  • that many times, the database informing police of a 0.1%-10% risk of demise, is translated into 100% of a life “saved” by some tendentious supporter of the five year renewal rule;
  • that police and-or bureaucrats may well have a vested interest in the jobs and funding involved.

Guns are for biathlon, hunting, and sadly, sometimes for policing and war. Vanishingly few men approve shooting strangers because of their demographic category—and lately, there is a heavier visible threat to men than to women. Vis-a-vis Marc Lepine, we might compare the recent Swedish SCUM video depicting the murder of a man, licking blood from his bullet wounds, and exhorting viewers to do likewise [4]. Valerie Solanas, whose Society for Cutting Up Men Manifesto is the ostensible the inspiration for the videos, did attempt the murder of artist Andy Warhol and one other man; her followers urge viewers to go kill men and revel in their blood[5]. As of today, it is more than merely likely that men are more at risk from the Solanas legacy than women are from Lepine’s.

The excessive attention given by Feminists and their allies in the CBC, to a multiple murder over 22 years ago—a multiple murder that has been “topped” by several more horrendous acts of homicide since then, and hasn’t been copied—seems to be given because the normal treatment of a despicable deed by a probable madman (letting its memory fade with time), wouldn’t serve some political purposes. The simple inference is that those political purposes do not deserve support; to over-ride the simple inference, powerful contrary evidence should be presented.

I haven’t seen such evidence: What we should learn from Marc Lepine and Clifford Olson and Karla Homolka is how to better detect such monstrous exceptions before they kill, not to treat the average [wo]man as suspicious.

December 6th should not be “Marc Lepine day”, (and even less “Montreal massacre day”); it has a truly historic event to be known-for, the independence of the Finnish Republic from Russia. Finland has managed to keep free for over 90 years, with one of the world’s highest literacy rates and “scholarly output rates” relative to its small population, and in its wisdom did not import great numbers of culturally incompatible immigrants. Finnish men have less than equal power under divorce law, but in my experience and my son’s recent report, more than Canadian or US men.[6]

Two four-letter words symbolize for me, the distinctive Finnish social and cultural virtues: Sisu and Teho. Teho translates pretty well as “efficiency”; and our social inefficiency has contributed to the denigration and abuse of men at law. Sisu is not so easy to translate, but combining courage, persistence, and a certain disdain for soft living, might come close. These are far better themes to honour on December 6th, than blaming all men for the acts of one crazy one, or requiring hunters whose violence is limited to their proper quarry, to beg the bureaucracy every five years, for permission to keep their hunting equipment.

December 6th is Finnish Independence Day, and the customary way to honour nearly a century of self-government of that formerly colonized people, is by putting two lighted candles in a window toward the road, from dark until bedtime.

Amen to that.

 

Notes:

[1] Like most car- and suicide-bombers, Lepine seems to have had a general target, but not to have intended to kill the specific individuals that he killed. Sometimes, an attack targets one or two specific people (e.g. Hamid Karzai’s brother) and seeks to kill many of their co-workers without specifically choosing which of them.

[2] http://www.everyman.ca/2011/04/28/has-time-changed-the-meaning-of-self-sacrifice/

[3] I’m not sure if the mirror requirement applies to female applicants.

[4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XJjKJ-_d4YQ —link provided by the AVfM website, November 23 [to Editor—does it need replacement?]

[5]http://register-her.com/index.php?title=Josefin_Von_Zeipel_Segerberg_–_Bigot

[6]One of my sons is studying at a Finnish university, and he had some qualifying comments on the Laasanen post (http://www.the-spearhead.com/2011/12/02/equality-feminism-and-the-mrm-in-finland/): In his view “there are other men’s-studies people who have more acceptance”, and Laasanen is best known for advocating “the market value theory of dating”. My son also wrote the main gender-law change being advocated, and slowly accomplished, is “that men not be denied equal child custody based on gender —[that is, be] allowed to participate more in the raising of their own children”. This is consistent with a common Finnish warning to foreigners sojourning there: “Finland is not another Sweden.”

 

About Davd

Davd has been a sociology professor, a victim of "Divorce Theft", a single father living on a low income from a commercial herb garden, and the editor of _Ecoforestry_. He lives on 90 acres of mixed forest in Atlantic Canada, and is interested in helping other men become self-sufficient.

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  • http://truthjusticeca.wordpress.com/ Denis

    December 6 has never been about memorializing the victims but rather promoting various feminist causes and implicit male responsibility for all violence against women.

    The LGR registry is rather useless but still promoted by the police out of fear for the officer’s safety. The police are fully involved with the victimhood industry by promoting irrational moral panic and fear of men. The LGR gives police officers an additional excuse for male profiling.

    I don’t think Finnish Independence Day would ever be celebrated in Canada and I don’t really understand the connection.

    • http://none j24601

      I think that Finnish Independence day would indeed be celebrated in Canada, by those with Finnish heredity residing there, of which, as stated in the article, the writer’s son is one.

  • Orange then Blue

    Well, since the Russians today refer to the Finns with respect as their “four-legged friends” (reference to drinking prowess), it seems fitting to toast both countries on Dec 6…
    It is a shame that relations between the countries are strained now due to the successful repatriation into Finland of “Anton,” the boy abducted to Russia by his psychologically disturbed mother. Rather than recognizing the mother’s mental illness, Russians have called for the mother (a felon who abducted the child) to have her rights restored and jail instead for the father and the Finnish consul who nobly saved the boy and returned him to Finland where the father had been granted sole custody.
    Rather than protesting, Russians should look to modernizing their pathetically arcane custody laws, which favor mothers at all costs (to the detriment of the welfare of the child).

  • Open War

    Long live national pride and civic virtue in Finland and abroad.

  • Alfred E

    Well said and so true. Finland btw, was the first country on this earth to look into the problem of male suicide and has worked to help men and boys. They are so far ahead of us with this it is embarrassing.

    Go Finland!

  • MrStodern

    Human beings have been embracing knee-jerk solutions since the dawn of time it seems like. Though feminism dug its claws into the habit for its own personal gain some decades ago, the problem is much larger than the feminists.

    I for one am glad that (to my knowledge) in the U.S., we do not have a Marc Lepine equivalent. Any time I see some TV special on shooting sprees and such, it talks about the usual ones (Columbine, the Texas Belltower shooting, Virginia Tech), but none of them are ever really hailed as the work of a misogynist, no matter how many women are killed. Rather surprising, actually.

    I’m also glad that our Constitution does a pretty good job of preventing the government from taking our guns away. We may have a shitload of gun laws, but fuck if they really intrude upon the average person’s ability to own a gun. I could probably go buy myself a shotgun tomorrow without any hassle.

  • http://masculisten@blogspot.com johan

    This year december 6th had it’s special meaning, it was last time our present President Tarja Halonen hosted Presidential Independence Day reception at Presidential Palace. 12 year era is coming to it’s end and she is leaving office as worst President in our history. Halonen will be remembered about her passion to fill all key positions with feminists women regardless if they meet formal requirements or not. She is a relic from the times when DDR was still going strong. We wont be missing her.

    • MrStodern

      Good riddance, then? :P

    • Hayden Hanna

      Never, never, never vote for a woman to hold a top national public office. I enjoyed watching a clip of Ayn Rand making a similar statement on the Donahue Show, as the feminists in the audience yelled and glared at her like spoiled children.

      • MrStodern

        Which is hilarious (and offensive), since in any country where women:

        1) Have the right to vote.
        2) Are the majority of the electorate.

        It is mathematically impossible for any woman who has the support of the majority of the women in her country to lose. The U.S. currently falls under this category.

        Any time I hear feminists bitch about how there’s never been a woman president, I just laugh, because as of almost a hundred years ago, they’ve at least had a shot at it, because they’ve been able to vote since then, and if you can get the female vote (which plenty of male presidents have done), that can mean the difference between winning and losing.

      • http://masculisten.blogspot.com johan

        @ MrStodern
        indeed :) i am going to open bottle of bubbly 1st of march 2012.
        I didn’t vote her in 2000 nor 2006 i never quite understood her popularity. In some point people gave to her approval rate of 85% which is enuff to make Kim Jong il envious. She is vindictive vendetta seeking woman.

  • Merlin

    Interesting article, Davd…thanks

    The only thing I personally picked up on was that Guy Fawkes day in the UK is November the 5th buddy. ;-)

  • Davd

    Merlin, i recognise your correction is well taken–i must have been paying attention to other aspects of that paragraph. To err is human; may the rest of my errors be no worse,

    I was in London one Guy Fawkes night, one of the fewer than 20 days of my life spent in the UK, after delivering a report to a meeting at University College. I wandered the streets and remember especially someone wheeling old railway ties to a bonfire on a hospital gurney, and that the barman at the White Hart had no awareness that it had once been _the_ pub for science fiction writers. (Management should have informed all new-hires of that.)

    Denis, you’re probably right if you mean that Finnish Independence Day won’t be celebrated Canada-wide: Neither are le Jour de Bastille, le Jour St-Jean Baptiste, July 4th, Cinco de Mayo, etc. Finnish Independence Day is [at least, has often been] celebrated in Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins-Porcupine, and might be in Vancouver and Nanaimo. I naturally commemorated it because i have some connections to Finland, and Canadians who do have, should celebrate it rather than go along with Feminist excess.

    The connection you wrote you didn’t understand begins in the title: December 6th, if it commemorate something, should better commemorate Finnish Independence Day than murders
    — decades old,
    — that men have not made into a model for copying,
    — but which tendentious Feminists will not allow to fade.
    Finnish Independence Day is a valid answer to any pressures to “commemorate” and mis-use the Lepine murders.

    So the point i thought it better to say by example, is that the Lepine rampage was a local tragedy that has been exploited far out of proportion–and the next time someone shoves it in your face to shame men or demand privilege for women, you can rightly demand it give place to the beginning of the Republic of Finland. A memorial service for those who died, in Montreal, is one thing; i suppose the kin of those who died in the Columbine, Waco, Taber, and Mayerthorpe multiple murders might do likewise. National news top-feature to a demonstration in Ottawa, 22 years after the event, is excessive. (btw, the Waco assault was ordered by one Janet Reno. Such violence is not a male exclusive, though women tend to use State agencies–e.g. also, Indira Gandhi and the Golden Temple.)

    To close on a more pleasant note: Finns also celebrate le jour St Jean Baptiste, under the name Juhannus, with sauna, bonfires [sans creosote], fresh or dill-salted salmon–and new potatoes, which they are clever enough to grow by that day in a country whose southernmost points are barely below latitude 60 North. Teho, sisu… et joie frugale.

  • zip

    Great article thou, comments sou and sou.

  • justicer

    Excellent to know.
    Marc Lepine Day conflicts with Finnish Independence Day.
    End of debate, no more foolishness.

  • Auntie Pheminizm

    > “Sisu is not so easy to translate, but combining courage, persistence, and a certain disdain for soft living…”

    Reminds me of the Arabic “sumud,” meaning steadfastness.

    Also, thought this clip might amuse (and perhaps add to the converstion). It’s about “aloof” Finns being addicted to the…tango!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhxZoV3t61c

    Finally, I wonder how Swedish SCUMbags would react if a group endorsing the “CUNT Womanifesto” (Cut Up Nasty Tarts) produced a video re-enacting Lepine’s deed? Would they laugh as an actor shot 14 women, licking their wounds? Would they cheer words urging viewers to “Waste a woman today!”? Would they chuckle hearing calls to award all vaginates a “Bullet Surprise” (like the Pulitzer Prize)?

    Seems like it’s time to Finnish off fembotulism. :>)

  • zip

    Auntie Pheminizm

    Hey come ooooon, do u really think that kind of shit goes on Finland today. Okei lets go back to memory lane.

  • zip

    Or……. just wait. This is the shit here in Finland :D Hey come oon u retarded people.

  • zip

    Some finnish rap, reality check