America believes in violence. And we believe in guns. That isn’t a good mix.
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.)
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).“
“We had a national conversation and banned Four Loko in what? 3 weeks?” (Note: Four deaths were blamed on Four Loko.)
Summary from report by Children’s Defense Fund: Almost all children killed by guns are killed in America.