Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mall Shooting

The American media is something.  The NRA and gun manufacturers have them by the throat.  Think about it.  The print and broadcaster editors have been talking constantly about perceived dangers at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  They are reporting obsessively on 'possible violence' at the games.  Nothing has happened there, although it could.

Switch back to America.  If one were being balanced then every editor should be doing stories and coverage every day on possible violence in America because of readily available guns with no background checks.  But they don't.  They wait until it actually happens as it did today at a Maryland mall where another well armed crazy person wasted innocent shoppers.

If we put as much effort into protecting innocents in this country as the Russians and International community are doing in Sochi to protect the games, then I would feel good.

1 comment:

Bubba Muntzer said...


That's about the most brilliant insight I've seen in a long time. I'm going to put that on Facebook.

I'm thinking about how the NRA and gun manufacturers have the media by the throat. I don't think it's through ads. Well, I guess the newspaper has a lot of gun ads -- those big sporting good stores buy a lot of ads. But I don't recall seeing gun ads on TV, except maybe on some of those cable shows.

My point is, it's much more nefarious than just ads. Its the way the American culture has been shaped, the political system particularly, but all of it. We've been conditioned to sit and stare at the screen in a desensitized, semi vegetative state.

Here and there someone says something, like you, but any reaction people might have is overwhelmed by this combination of things in the culture, such as, that it's our way to have guns. Such as, that because of the way things are it's impossible not to have guns.

Eventually enough people will get shot that everyone will know someone who has been shot. Then something might happen.