No Sooner had the Remains of the Precious Children who Died Horribly in Newtown been Lowered into Ground, than the ENTIRE Mainstream News Media, AND a Large Group of Legislators began to Propose Sweeping New Legislation to Hopefully, Prevent such Tragedies in the Future, with the Predictable Pushback from the NRA and those who see this as an Attempt to "Disarm America".
While I Won't Question the MOTIVES of the President, the Media, or the Legislators, NOR will I Question the Fears of the "Gun Lobby", and those who fear an Encroachment of 2nd Amendment Rights in America; What I WOULD like to POINT Out is That, at Least in MY Humble Opinion, There is a MUCH Bigger Picture that we are....OVERLOOKING in the Conversation of the Moment.
We HAVE, with EVER-Increasing Abundance, been Providing our Children and our Young People with a More and More DISTURBING Array of VIOLENT Artistic Products Over the Past Few Decades. The HORRENDOUSLY Violent Nature of MANY of these Ultra-Violent Video Games,...which MANY of our Children have been Increasingly - ADDICTED To, is Very Disturbing. MANY Adults, who have Never even LOOKED at these Products,...Really Have NO IDEA how Brutal and Bloody....SOME of them actually ARE.
Our FILMS, as Well, have Gotten MORE and MORE Gruesome, GORY, Splatter-Filled, with Each Passing DECADE. The BODY-COUNTS in these DEATH-FESTS, Just KEEP Going UP and UP over Time, with the Studios Seemingly Trying to OUTDO Each Other with HOW Many Bloody, Dead, Bullet Filled Bodies they Can PROVIDE the Audience ! SERIOUSLY, Folks...I'm TELLING the Awful TRUTH, Here. Don't GET Me Wrong. I'm NOT Trying to Be a...Hypocrite. I TOO have Enjoyed my fair share of Aliens, Zombies and War Movies, etc.
What I am SAYING: MAYBE,...it's PAST TIME that we Encouraged a....NEW CULTURE in America !!!
It's NOT Just Movies and Video Games. Cable TV Shows, SOME of Them and Cell Phone Games, as well, have Increasingly - EVOLVED to More and More Violent Content in the Last 30 Years or So.
NO, ...I am - NOT, Repeat - NOT Proposing ANY KIND of ...CENSORSHIP.
What I AM saying, Here: Is That we Have ALLOWED ourselves, for TOO Long, to - REVEL in VIOLENCE, and we are - REAPING the Whirlwind.
YES, it IS True that...MOST of Us can Watch and Enjoy this MAYHEM on the Big Screen, TV, and Gadgets,...WITHOUT it "Affecting" our Behavior, or Predisposing Us to Want to do HARM to OTHERS; it has Become ...CRYSTAL Clear to ME, at Least, that a TOO-HIGH Number of People who are Unstable to Some Extent or Another, and WATCH this Violent, Gory, Brutal...STUFF All the TIME, are, and HAVE BEEN....Affected in Negative Ways !!!
It's TIME we FACED the FACTS: We have Allowed this Love of Violence to PERMEATE our Society, with DEVASTATING Consequences.
I COULD ADD: That Many Younger People, SATURATED with this Violent Product, AND under the Influence of SUSPECT Medications, such as SOME of the Anti-Depressants, ADHD Drugs AND Anti-Psychotics,...Literally Get PULLED INTO a STATE of...UNREALITY, it Seems, and ACT OUT in Horrifyingly Destructive WAYS!!! To....OUR Sorrow, YEAR after YEAR !!!
We have BEEN: A Nation with it's HEAD in the SAND...for FAR Too Long !
ANYONE....who THOUGHT That we Could Celebrate Massive Violence in TV, Films and Games...WITHOUT Terrible...."Unexpected Consequences", was KIDDING Themselves !!!
The "Gun Haters",...all say.."it's the GUNS!" "We MUST Have New Anti-Gun Legislation !!!" The BIG Pharma Haters, and Haters of Giant Medical Corporations...SAY "It's the DRUGS !!" "They HAVE to Be BANNED !!!". And of Course the NRA and the 2nd Amendment Defenders Resist ALL ideas of Gun Control, and Believe that we need to ARM our Teachers, and Put in More Armed Security in our Schools !!!
BUT....Taking a LONGER View...of the BIG PICTURE: WHAT...is the REAL CORE Problem we are DEALING with Here, America ???
It SEEMS Clear to THIS Old Man, at Least that it's THIS: We have been a Nation that Celebrates, REVELS in, and ENJOYS....Violence, for WAY too Long !!!
EVERY Year since 2001, we have been Involved in Conflicts Overseas, with Resultant Death and Wounded Americans. MUCH of our National Resources....GO TO, Preparing for new and More Efficient Ways to KILL the Enemy, and Hurt anyone we Have Conflict With. Our Own Homeland Security Department, in the Last 2 Years, bought 2 BILLION Rounds of Ammunition: WHY ??!!!
In our Graphic Novels, our Cell Phone Games, Video Games, TV Shows and Movies....VIOLENCE...is CELEBRATED !!!
OUR ENTIRE CULTURE....is PRO-Violence !!!!
And What I'm SAYING,...has Nothing WHATSOEVER to DO with....Legitimate CITIZENS....OWNING Firearms. NOTHING !!!
DON'T...Blame THEM !!! WE...Have allowed a Culture of VIOLENCE to THRIVE, Make it's PEDDLERS - BIG $$$, and to PERSIST...For WAY, WAY Too Long !!
WHAT am I Proposing ?????
That the Damn Media, which - PRIDES itself on it's Ability to PERSUADE the Public to ...GO ALONG WITH...Anything they WANT us TO: FINALLY USE - That Persuasive POWER...to DO something GOOD for America !!!
ALL the Networks and Major NEW Outlets, are OWNED and Operated by the EXACT Same Corporations That Peddle this Violent, Gory Garbage to American Young People...YEAR after YEAR !!!
What is ABSOLUTELY....needed at THIS Moment in Our History, is a COMMITMENT by the GIANT Corporations that OWN NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and FOX...to USE their ABUNDANT Public Persuasion "Power"...to GOOD EFFECT !!!
START....Moving this Country....AWAY from a CULTURE of VIOLENCE, and TOWARDS a more Positive, LIFE-AFFIRMING Culture; One that WON'T Create so Many - Disturbed Young People, who ACT OUT in such Catastrophically Destructive WAYS !!!
The Violent CULTURE; the Dangerous MEDICATIONS, the Gory, Splatter Filled Video Game, and our Insane COMPLACENCY...with ALL This....have LED US...to this Moment !!!
YES,....some SORT of Background Check System for Gun Ownership makes SENSE; YES, a Closer Look at Young(and Older) People on Seriously Questionable Medications ....Having Access to GUNS, - Makes SENSE.
But, ULTIMATELY, America: We will...ONLY see this Horrendous Problem Begin to - DECLINE, as we CREATE a LESS and LESS Violent Society; BOTH in our Media Culture AND our National POSTURE vis-a-vis the REST of the World !!!!
ONLY as we - Begin to PROMOTE Lefe Affirming Art in our Society, and Begin to---VOLUNTARILY...SHUN Gore, Blood-Splatter, Flying Body Parts, Horrifying Dismemberment FILLED Films, Video Games and TV(still art as well); ONLY THEN....will these Horrifying, Gut Wrenching TRAGEDIES...Begin to Abate in Our Society !
No Matter...HOW Many "Gun Control Laws" - They PASS.
We - NEED to Start...Celebrating LIFE !!!