Monday, January 14, 2013


I have been closely following the raging gun control debate that is all over TV and the print media.

The NRA and FOX NEWS are trying to sell everyone that violent movies, TV shows and video games are the cause of all the mass murders like we saw at the Sandy Hook school when 20 first graders, six and seven year olds, were killed with a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle that held a clip with 100 rounds or bullets.

Anyone who has ever watched FOX NEWS knows they have elevated former President Ronald Reagan to Sainthood.

But FOX NEWS never mentions Reagan was a Hollywood actor who appeared in a lot of "shoot 'em up" movies in his heydays.

Reagan was also a Democrat and was President of the Screen Actors Guild the largest union in Hollywood, but FOX NEWS never mentions this tidbit.

I grew up in the 30s and 40s when movies were just as violent as today's movies, albeit not as graphic.

In the 50s and 60s television shows highlighted gangsters and gunfights and none of the TV shows or the movies made people want to go out and mass murder like we saw at Columbine, Sandy Hook, the Aurora movie theater and a temple of worship.

It is worth noting that cartoons were filled with violence and they were a regular staple of movies and TV from the 30s through the 60s and beyond.

Video games were just emerging in the 50s and 60s, but they were also leaning toward violence.

The bottom line is this: Violent movies, television shows and video games do not turn a law abiding citizen into a violent mass murderer unless there is a pre-existing condition.

The NRA and FOX NEWS are doing everything they can to assuage certain elements of our society who are prone to violence.

Give me a break.

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