Some children were killed.

America believes in violence. And we believe in guns. That isn’t a good mix.

(Deaths by assault, by country)

In Japan, for example, children’s TV shows have cleavage and mini-skirts (and bizarre-ness!), but the shows don’t have violence. And Japan does not have gun massacres.

In America, by contrast, our children’s TV shows must not have the slightest (discernible) hint of sex, but they are full of violence. Bizarre, unfunny violence. (The “Itchy and Scratchy Show” on The Simpsons parodies the cartoons Americans grew up with.)

(Graphic from 1981. Here’s the math: US pop. = 315 mill / 10,000+ dead. Other countries combined pop. = 325 mil / 263 dead. The rate is unchanged.)

Sex, bad. Violence, good. There are too many, and too horrifying, examples to list—in our country and all other religious countries. Really sick things happen because of the hang-up about sex and the “OK” on violence.

(In some Muslim cultures, rape VICTIMS are buried to the waist, then stoned to death. Other violent, horrible shit happens, too.)

So too, our “national” religion allows violence but doesn’t allow sex. We would rather people own guns than marry each other. Literally. One is legal, the other is not.

But here’s the thing: guns do not protect. Guns kill. That is their only function. They do not prevent death; they cause death. Guns can be a deterrent to harm. But even then, only when used as a threat of death. There’s just not much else you can do with a gun. Guns are guns.

And humans are humans. Humans are very much like other humans. In American and in China there are deranged people and people pushed to their edge. The difference: in China, there have been eight public attacks in the past two years. But in China people don’t have guns, so all the attacks have involved knives. 143 people were assaulted in the attacks. 21 were killed.

In America, the last eight public shootings have resulted in 114 deaths.

In 1996, Australia experienced a mass shooting in which 35 people were killed. Australia acted to keep it from happening again. What other response is there? Australia banned many guns and initiated one of the largest destructions of civilian firearms. Since 1996? Two people have been killed in a public shooting.

Conclusion: you should not glorify violence and you cannot allow guns (at least unregulated?). Unless, of course, you don’t mind massacres (of children).

Additional thoughts about the shooting:

That one word—‘politicize’—is like a spell. It allows someone to drag an untouchable cause down to a level where it can be opposed… And the wizard … doesn’t have to imagine some kid’s blood being soaked up by a coloring book… Stalemate is indistinguishable from victory.

Gun massacres have happened many times in many countries, and in every other country, gun laws have been tightened to reflect the tragedy… In every other country, gun massacres have subsequently become rare. In America alone, gun massacres, most often of children, happen with hideous regularity, and they happen with hideous regularity because guns are hideously and regularly available.

I’m Just Not Ready To Accept That We Have To Have Gun Massacres All The Time.
The no-gun-control folks… never seem to be the parents or relatives of people killed by gunmen (or are remarkably undisturbed by this).

Guns don’t avoid critical thinking by leaning on tired aphorisms. People do.

Only with gun violence do we respond to repeated tragedies by saying that mourning is acceptable but discussing how to prevent more tragedies is not.

“The Onion: Right To Own Handheld Device That Shoots Deadly Metal Pellets At High Speed Worth All Of This.

The US is always demanding that other countries join the civilized world. When will we?

Dear politicians: the NRA doesn’t need your protection. Our children do.

We had a national conversation and banned Four Loko in what? 3 weeks?” (Note: Four deaths were blamed on Four Loko.)

In not a single case [of mass shootings] was the killing stopped by a civilian using a gun.

Summary from report by Children’s Defense Fund: Almost all children killed by guns are killed in America.


One comment

  1. Hear, hear. I had not seen the statistics or the graph presented… they say it all. Yes, handguns are out of control (and in the control of the wrong crowd) and (and this is a big and)… the violence on our television sets, our computers, and movies, is asking for trouble. When I was growing up, a question up for discussion was, “Do movies imitate life or does life imitate movies?” The answer, of course, is both. Movies like, “Chariots of Fire,” and “The King’s Speech,” tell true stories of character and are excellent role models. Then, there are movies of gore, horror, and violence that incite what? Joy and kindness? After WWII, Hollywood purposely made movies like “The Road to…” (name a city), and Abbott and Costello comedies, to lift the hearts of a heart-sick nation; and they did! Today, we have had Iraq, Afghanistan, 9/11, and more… couldn’t we use some inspiring messages, movies, cartoons, and games?

    Just a few thoughts from someone who was there when WWII ended… Thank you for an excellent discussion post. My prayers are constantly and consistently with our little ones ….

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