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?