Friday, December 14, 2012

American gun culture illustrated

By Donald Sensing

Funny how in the aftermath of tragic events such as Sandy Hook school Friday, when the Left starts once again to bewail and condemn the "American gun culture," they always zero in on guns and never the culture.

Well, here's the culture part:

After the massacre at the high school in Columbine, Colo., in 1999, I told this to my congregation:
Boston Globe editorialist John Ellis wrote, “Ours is a culture that glorifies violence, profits from it, sells it with the most advanced technology known to mankind. Violence bounces off satellites in outer space and beams into every American home, every hour of every day, every month of every year.” 
You have probably heard that the average preschool or elementary school child spends twelve hundred minutes per week watching television and only forty minutes talking with parents. The average teenager spends nine hundred hours in school per year and fifteen hundred hours watching television. These hours do not include the time kids may spend listening to  heavy metal or “gangsta” rap, which glorifies killing cops and raping women, or playing computer games both violent and occultic, or watching violent movies on video or in theaters. 
According to researchers, during prime time viewing hours, at least fifty people are killed, shot, maimed, or raped on broadcast and cable television. Eight out of ten television producers say there is a link between television violence and real-life violence. 
Wrote Ellis, “In the 1980s, evangelical groups tried to lead boycotts against entertainment and media companies that produced and broadcast gratuitously violent fare. Their efforts met with some success at the grass roots and nothing but scorn from media elites. Hollywood’s contempt for public concern about the ceaseless stream of violent media was perfectly captured in a quote from Ted Field, co-founder of Interscope. ‘You can tell the people who want to stop us from releasing controversial rap music one thing,’ said Field: ‘Kiss my ‘[snip].’”
I will be much more sympathetic to calls for more gun control when those same people are just as adamant about culture control. Sort of like what Glenn Reynolds has said in another context: "I'll believe it's a crisis when the people who say it's a crisis start acting like it's a crisis."

In the meantime, perhaps we should remember that the Left has been working full tilt on culture control all along:

HT: American Digest
Update: Business Insider reprints part of an AskMen piece on "The 99 Most Desirable Women Of The Year." Here is no. 99, Bérénice Marlohe, who plays Severine in Skyfall

Update: I took the photo of the Cruise movie poster, above, at a theater in Franklin, Tenn., last night. What a coincidence - today, says ABC News:
The premiere of the Tom Cruise film “Jack Reacher,” originally scheduled for today in Pittsburgh, has been postponed due to the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. 
“Jack Reacher” was scheduled to premier to American audiences just one day after Adam Lanza allegedly entered a Connecticut elementary school and murdered 20 children and six adults. Presumably, the film’s gritty content and gun violence are what lead to the decision from Paramount Pictures. 
Update, June 16, 2016: It's still just as bad.

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