Gun control: A misguided reaction to evil

Let’s take a more appropriate look at what passes for entertainment in America

As the nation struggles with trying to comprehend the enormity of a senseless massacre that claimed the lives of 27, including 20 young children — 6 and 7-years-old —  in a Connecticut elementary school,  a shocked country is in mourning — once again.  The unspeakable has invaded our calm — once again.  

And once again, the rampages of lunatics are being used as a political vehicle to constrain the peaceful and diminish the Constitutional freedoms of the Second Amendment. Already New York Mayor Bloomberg is pushing Obama for gun control. Boston Mayor Menino has joined the chorus.

The undeniable fact is that violence as amusement has permeated an entire generation, coming packaged as video games, complete with maiming, blood and gore, with death as an integral component. Paintball guns that aim and hit with a vengeance are sold as toys and what passes for entertainment includes drug induced sprees, slasher videos and wild, shoot-‘em-up car chases.

Media linked toys grew out of FCC deregulation in the mid-1980s, allowing for televised marketing.  This action heralded the appearance of entire toy lines featuring replicas of what children are exposed to on television. TV shows — as well as movies — began to view children, not their parents, as their target buyers.  Many of the most popular shows linked to toys and games had violent themes, which subtly desensitized children into accepting violence as enjoyment. Implementing supposed age appropriate rating systems is unworkable as children, or their friends, have access through older siblings.

It’s time to also acknowledge the parental component. Parents who are disinterested in the tough job of parenting, preferring instead being  pals with their children. This is by no means an indictment of all parents, but we all know those who fit the paradigm. It’s so much easier to be considered “cool,” and buy the latest violent video.

Decades ago, many of us had cap guns that came in sets with plastic holsters and felt cowboy hats. They popped and belched a small bead of smoke. When flower children became parents, they decided such items were too aggressive. The products went into disrepute and were ultimately removed from store shelves.

Know this:  the drumbeat of the left is now focused on disarming Americans. Horrendous events — such as occurred in Columbine, Aurora, Portland or the Tucson attack that slaughtered six including Arizona District Court Chief Judge John Roll and a nine-year-old little girl, while wounding twelve others — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, among them — each bring the gun control mantra to the forefront.

The evil rampage in Connecticut has revved the argument up to fever pitch. Yesterday, Barack Obama called for “meaningful action” to prevent such shootings, saying, “As a country, we have been through this too many times.”

Yes, we have, Mr. Obama. An overriding question is how the 20-year-old gunman, reportedly armed with a Glock 9mm and a Sig Sauer 9mm, with a Bushmaster .223 assault rifle, gained access to the school which had recently advised parents of new safety protocols.

And isn’t it time to take a long, hard look at what passes for entertainment in America?

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15 Responses to Gun control: A misguided reaction to evil

  1. PJ O'Malley says:

    This massacre is an unimaginable tragedy that could never have been predicted.
    What can be predicted will be the national call to disarm honest, law-abiding citizens as a result. The hue and cry to collect and ban defensive weapons will propel politicians and those who worship the flawless power of government to trot out all the discounted myths of gun control that always miss the target.
    What most opponents of the right to bear arms won’t tell you is that the very likelihood of guns being present deters a vast majority crimes. That’s because cowards who open fire on innocent five-year olds are encouraged by knowing that there is nothing on campus to stop them. Signs posted on the perimeter announcing No Firearms Zone virtually guarantee an unrestricted free-for-all to anyone evil enough to engage. But denying all citizens the right to protect themselves will in no way hinder the criminal-minded from carrying out their nefarious designs.
    The greatest testament to the safety of a heavily-armed environment is the fact that no one has ever tried to storm a gun show.
    So, when the president sheds a public tear over the tragedy, my guess is they are disguised tears of joy that he has now a fresh reason for rounding up guns from the innocent in order to protect the ambitions of the miscreants of society. Then the American Slaughter will soon begin in earnest.

  2. Saguaro Sam says:

    What about the violent video games and movies?

    What about all the ADD and ADHD drugs that, for years now, many TEACHERS insisted that certain children be put on?—no one ever gave a thought as to what the long term effects of these meds would be. These drugs are chemicals that change the functioning of the brain.

    What about street drugs? The War on Drugs has been and always will be a farce.

    What about the family unit, whose dynamics have been altered dramatically by social pressures? Parents can’t afford to clothe or feed their children, but they have money to get a tatoo or a nose piercing or buy some meth.

    These things will continue if we continue to push secularism and deny the existence of God.

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    I found this on another blog site:
    From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia
    Hi Yanks, I thought you all would like to see the real figures
    from Down Under.
    It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.
    The first year results are now in:
    Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent,
    Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent;
    Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
    In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. (Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not and criminals still possess their guns!)
    While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are gua ranteed that their prey is unarmed.
    There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.
    Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in ‘successfully ridding Australian society of guns….’ You won’t see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.
    The Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.
    Take note Americans, before it’s too late!

    • Frankly Speaking says:

      Thanks for passing along this important information,Sam.

      Switzerland, which does not have a standing army, has one of the world’s highest gun ownership rates since the people are the militia. And wouldn’t you know? Switzerland also has an extremely low crime rate. We first heard this fact from our tour guide while traveling through the country as part of a European summer excursion.
      Guns do not cause violence.

  4. Observer says:

    There are vicious nuts everywhere. Norway showed us that last year with the slaughter of young Norwegian campers. Yesterday it was China with yet another knife wielding lunatic slashing 22 children and an adult.
    http://www.courant.com/sns-rt-us-china-stabbingsbre8bd065-20121213,0,5592318.story
    Will the banning of knives be next?
    What about the Muslim father here in Phoenix who used his vehicle to murder his “too Westernized” daughter and mame her boyfriend’s mother. Should we ban cars?

  5. Anthem Al says:

    The Sun is reporting that murderer Adam Lanza was a “goth” who was deeply involved in video games. Seeing Red AZ’s point is well made!

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4699332/newtown-school-gunman-adam-lanza-a-loner.html

  6. eubykdisop says:

    FIRST the “New World Order” people made the determination that citizens need to be disarmed and THEN they sought to find an acceptable rationale for that. Their rationales, however, have never held up to scrutiny and never will. Let’s look at the year 2009.

    According to the United States Census Bureau there were 35,900 traffic accident deaths in 2009.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there were 37,485 drug-related fatalities in 2009.

    According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) there were 24,518 alcohol-induced deaths in 2009.

    According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which ain’t gun friendly, there were 9,146 gun related homicides in the U. S. in 2009. That is without considering how many were police related shootings or self-defense shootings.

    Here is the REALLY important point though. Neither traffic accidents nor drug abuse nor alcohol abuse serve to protect a citizen from an imminently life-threatening attack by a perpetrator. Firearms, on the other hand, offer such protection and have saved the lives of innocent people countless thousands of times. Furthermore, Arizona statutes also permit the use of lethal force to stop rape, kidnapping, child molestation and arson of an occupied building. Those are some pretty heinous crimes which can be prevented by an armed citizenry!

  7. Saguaro Sam says:

    And this: Before Connecticut tragedy, administration eliminated emergency preparedness program,let school violence prevention programs lapse.
    From the Washington Guardian, today.

  8. MacBeth says:

    Amid the calls for gun control, came an unexpected voice of reason. Tom Sullivan, whose son Alex died in the Aurora theater shooting, said “mental health, not gun control, is a more pressing concern.”

  9. PA in Phx says:

    Mentally ill persons are no longer institutionalized. They now walk among us. The hope is they will take the medication prescribed for them, but many don’t. It is this group that has swelled the numbers of “homeless” we hear about. This is also the group that massacre others in schools, shopping malls, and theaters. We need to reevaluate the way we deal with the mentally ill, for their sake as well as society at large.

  10. Annie O. says:

    WND is reporting (and I heard it on FOX as well) that CONN has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. What comfort that will bring these parents. Do laws actually have to accomplish their goals or just make liberal legislators feel useful?

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/gun-control-laws-failed-connecticut-children/

  11. sgtflapjaw says:

    Annie, I don’t think “useful’ is the right word……Powerful is a better fit.

  12. Ann says:

    I have been concerned about the strong possibility that the drugs many of these children (and adults) are on dull the feelings. Most young people and many developmentaly disabled adults have a conscience based on feeling with little or no component of reason. Kill the feelings, kill the conscience?

  13. Confused says:

    MacBeth you are 100% correct. There has been a lack of responsibility by parents, and the individuals themselves to get the help that is needed when a mental disorder has been diagnosed. Instead, it’s ignored until something like this happens then everyone points at gun control as being the answer. I don’t know what the answer is, but I do know that if one of my kids develops a mental disorder, I’ll be the responsible adult and get them the help they need.

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