When are Americans going to wake up and smell the gunpowder in every home? The shooting in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado this week that left at least 12 people dead and another 60 wounded is a symptom of a bigger problem that we have in this nation. Unfortunately, like Columbine and all the other incidents that should have taught us something about our violent culture, it will soon be forgotten. No lesson will be ever learned.
The mindless mainstream media will move on to a new feeding frenzy in some other locale (perhaps the backyard of some celebrity suspected of shoplifting or cheating on a spouse), and the National Rifle Association (NRA) will continue doing what it does best -- buying and owning Congress and state legislatures alike so that they don’t interfere with its agenda of arming every man, woman, child and pet in this nation.
Including men such as James Holmes, who is accused of opening fire in that movie theatre in Aurora. Holmes actually bought every gun and every piece of weaponry he owned legally. Read that again, America. And weep. He bought it all with the stamp of approval of politicians in his state and in D.C. He did nothing wrong.
Until he opened fire. But what do you expect him to do with all that weaponry he purchased legally? Keep it in a glass case? Go hunting? Masturbate over it?
We are a nation of weapons and violent images that we are spoon fed from the time we are born. A nation that supposedly cares about protecting children, but yet allows them to be exposed to the most graphic images of violence ever produced by humankind, not just occasionally, but on a daily basis. Before a child has left elementary school, he or she has been exposed to hundreds of thousands of images of people being attacked, beaten, maimed, brutalized, shot at, tortured, murdered, sliced up, threatened, and blown up. And that’s just from television.
Video games let children participate in that violence and enjoy it. If those games contained sexual imagery, they’d be outlawed in a heartbeat. But here in America it’s perfect okay for kids to sit for hours in front of a computer screen slaughtering all sorts of creatures (including other humans) in a game with the most realistic animation imaginable. It doesn’t seem to matter to most Americans that there are studies showing a correlation between these video games and violent and aggressive behavior in children.
It’s all so futile. Don’t expect Congress to do anything in the wake of this latest American tragedy. Or for very many parents to speak out against the violent imagery their children are being desensitized to. Even the Christian Right and the tea baggers, who blab on about traditional values, will be speechless. After all, America’s infamous conservatives are in bed with the NRA.
Only a few “liberals” will take issue with the availability of guns and the violence that we are all exposed to, including the very film that was being shown the night the Denver shooter arrived at the theatre with his perfectly legal weapon. They will be easily dismissed and/or ignored.
Of course, it’s questionable what could be done at this point. Even banning guns and violent video games would just create a black market for them. Education efforts (to make people see the folly of guns and violent video games) will take time and will be countered by the NRA and the producers of those games. Just as efforts to curb cigarette smoking have proven to be difficult and costly. And still people smoke.
Unfortunately, America has made its own bed and now has to sleep in it.