This post is a little late to the shot, but I wanted to take some time, get my thoughts together, and try and put as cohesive a thought process as I could.
Now, before we begin, let me say up front that the only person that we should be blaming for the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and most anywhere is the shooter. The shooter is responsible for his own decisions. So was the shooter in Aurora, Colorado. So were the young men responsible for the shooting at Columbine. So was the shooter at Virginia Tech, Virginia. All of these people are responsible for their own choices, and that should never, ever be lost sight of.
But in the absolutely relentless coverage that the media places on these sorts of events, this is often lost. And there is a lot of things that are never talked about. After this most recent shooting, there were the usual topics talked about. The left said that guns are responsible, which anyone with a modicum of intelligence should be able to point out is complete bullshit. The more interesting arguments about this come from the right wing of this country.
The spokesman for the NRA said that violent video games are responsible for this. He cites a Flash game called “Kindergarten Killers.” as evidence of the violence in video games leading to shootings like the one in Newtown. A game that is one of a billion stupid Flash player games that was made by a kid in high school who probably just wanted to shock people. The spokesman holds this up as proof of how the regular media fails, and his media is better.
The media has been trying, for years, to get somebody to say that video games are the source of violent behavior. The fact of the matter is that there has never been any proof that such is the case. In fact, for the last 20 years, violent crimes have been on the decline.
And the man’s argument of “the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” is so blatantly stupid that it is almost offensive. For real, there are not two words of truth to that at ALL. The reality of the situation is that people with guns have not stopped other people with guns since…ever.
For real, think about this – America was founded based on a war with Britain. But the reality is that most of what led up to that war was misinformation that the revolution supporters were using to get people on their side. The British were not some evil monster that was using taxes to crush us. In fact, they were often providing better deals than the revolutionaries. Guns came into play when words failed, but guns didn’t end the conflict, either. Words did. Words formed the agreement that the British would stand down, and America could have its independence. Throughout history, words have done so much more than guns could ever hope to do.
The best evidence of all is in looking at the fact that the media is a blatant accomplice in these shootings. The shooters at Columbine were found to have been looking for help, over and over again. They were troubled, and all they really wanted was somebody to listen. They were at the cusp of when America’s media became as over-bearing as it is. They saw these events, that got relentlessly covered, and they decided that they would get the word out by making themselves heard. What they did was horrible, and I will never condone that, but these kids wanted help, and nobody listened to them. It was a brilliant quote by Marilyn Manson when asked what he would have said to them -
I wouldn’t say a single word to them. I’d listen to what they had to say, and that’s what no one did.
Well said, and it just kills me that not only has the media not learned from this, they are amping up their game. After this shooting, there were reporters sticking microphones into children’s faces and asking them if they heard shooting. What the fuck is wrong with you people? Not only should these “journalists” be ashamed to show their faces in public, they should lose any and all credibility for this. And the tragedy is that this is what the news does. The TV news doesn’t have your best interest at heart. They want to make money.
It was the same after the Aurora shooting. Instead of keeping this about the victims and the event, they decided to massively cover everything about the shooter. To tear apart his life and make him an anti-hero. There is a kind of hero status that those who commit these crimes gain by doing this. And the rest of us seem to not notice. Or even fewer care.
Because after the media was able to cover the shooter to death, they decided to cover the bullshit that Congress and the people were spewing about who was to blame. Oh yes, it must surely be the guns. Why, I am totally behind it being the fact that we took “God out of the schools.” And it definitely makes sense that video games were behind this. Yup, you all figured it out. Brilliant bunch of fucking morons. And once-again, we cement this man as another media-created anti-hero, who will be remembered for years to come. I guarantee you that all of you probably know the name of the shooter, but can’t think of the name of a single victim. Don’t go to Google. Just think. And that, in a nutshell, is why I am fully behind the belief that the media is an accomplice to this sort of insanity.
And while we’re talking about it, the argument that the Christian right makes in this country EVERY SINGLE TIME something like this happens – not enough God. Do I really have to show how blatantly stupid that argument is? Do I have to talk about how dumb it is to say that their sky-wizard decided not to help people? By that logic, then this “all-loving” deity of theirs is not only not “all-loving,” but is selective, judgmental and not above watching genocide. After all, he watched the genocide of the Jews in Nazi Germany, even though his son (who is also him) was a Jew. Consistency, what’s that?
While we’re talking about guns being the problem, do the liberals who argue that even understand that the biggest perpetrator of gun violence is linked to the reason that large-scale banning of guns wouldn’t work – the war on drugs. For real, gang violence is the number 1 source of gun violence in this country. If we ended the war on drugs, the number of violent crimes associated with guns would be slashed to ribbons in a week. In a month, we would hardly hear of it.
But amidst all of this, let’s all remember – the person who is guilty here is the shooter. The shooter in Newtown made his own choices, and is responsible for his own decisions. Our eagerness to get on a bandwagon and deny this doesn’t make it any less true.
Until next time, a quote,
“There are mountains and mountains of statistics you can use to show that there is no link between shootings and video games.” -Total Biscuit, Tragedy and Video Games