The NRA Jumps On The “Easy Bandwagon” After Newtown

by on January 3, 2013

in bruce's thoughts

Looper on Blu-rayAfter the Newtown incident, the country, and world, took a step back and refocused on the issue of gun control.  Newtown was a horrible event that should have never happened.  And yet it did.

And I watched on Facebook the flurries of proponents of my friends for both sides of gun control rage on at each other, lobbing various arguments that supported both their perspectives.

It was frustrating to see friends rage on against each other, swearing to unfriend each other in their impassioned debates.  On one side, the urging for total restrictions and on the other, fingers pointing at all the present laws out there for other issues that don’t do any good.  And on and on.

Justified Season 3 on DVDAnd after the event, the public pondered why the NRA didn’t chime in right away.

It was some days later that the NRA did make a statement about the event.

No longer was the familiar line, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”  (And I guess you can swap that out with knives, cars, nerve gas, etc., etc..)  Now, the NRA is joining another demographic and blaming TV, movie and video game violence for the situation.

As they called it, the violence on our streets is from  “a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.

NRA VP Wayne LaPierre went on to call violence in the entertainment industries as “the filthiest form of pornography.”  He went on to call it Hollywood’s addiction to violence.

And then they go on to suggest that schools should have armed personnel on-site.

For years, I’ve been on the bubble about the NRA.  They are a powerful and rich lobby in Washington who fight for the rights for folks to choose whether they can own a gun or not.  Though I do question a need for folks to own an armada or weaponry and the like.

Gary Oldman in 2012's Lawless movieSure, the Bill of Rights says we have the right to bear arms…  way, way back then, when it was an applicable fear, it made sense.  My niece is studying the Bill of Rights right now, and she says that the bill is basically a complaint list.

I found that interesting.

But the NRA buckled on their usual stance and went the easy road on blaming the industry that so many fans flock to.  Yes… flock to.

So many hit movies are violence fests of gun play and gang wars and good guys or bad guys shooting it out with each other to resolve the action-based story.

Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil Retribution, a movie reviewLet the NRA blame the industry.  But more than likely, the same folks that support the NRA, probably head out and watch these movies, paying that money and supporting that filthy pornography.  (I’ve peppered this piece with images from some of the more popular movies or TV franchises, just because there is a demand for this kind of gun-slinger entertainment.  It’s FANTASY and it doesn’t cause me to want to go out and do stupid things with any form of armament.  But I’m weird that way.)

I don’t think the two can be separated or joined in the same blame.  Freedom of choice, the freedom to choose has always been a heated issues.

Whether it’s the freedom to marry someone of the same gender, or to do with their own body what they want, or own a gun, is one of those great underlying facets of this great country.

Norman Reedus in The Walking Dead - Series RenewedChoice.  But with the freedom of choice, is that dangerous set of outliers that occupy this sense of freedom.

I don’t know where the answer lays.  I don’t see school teachers being armed a viable option unless they train monthly on the use of a firearm.  I don’t see huge restrictions also having any affect, in the long run.

Everyone has a different opinion and to each, they’re correct in their own right.  But the NRA lost an “on the bubble fan” with this latest, weak grab at a deflection.  In that, I know I’m disappointed.

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