Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Blame Gun Violence on NRA or the Second Amendment?

I often receive emails from a movie guide company that  supports Christian values in movies and writes reviews when they are released on DVD.  I was a bit taken aback when I recently received an email with a highly favorable review of the movie, "The Dark Knight Rises."

The reasons stated by the reviewer were that despite a few curse words, violence, and one instance of taking the name of Jesus Christ in vain, the movie's theme was against evil and the plot apparently showed how good overcomes evil.  [I haven't seen the film and have no intention of seeing it].

My question.  What about the fact that two dozen people were killed and 58 others were wounded at a premiere of the July, 2012  released movie in Colorado ?  Should that make a difference on whether or not a person wants to see the film?

For me, personally, it does.  The terror and sadness of that awful massacre would never allow me to watch the film; let alone enjoy watching the movie.  But that's just me.  What's your opinion?

Now, let's fast forward to the awful tragedy of murderer Jovan Belcher who killed his girlfriend in cold blood and then killed himself.   What an awful, awful tragedy!!  However, what (or whom) should we blame in this instance?

There are those who blame guns and want more gun control. There are those who blame the NFL and the brutality of the sport that causes concussions and brain injury to players. There are those who blame the NRA (as that crazy nut sportswriter Jason Whitlock wrote when he stated that the NRA is the "new KKK.")

Why not put the blame were it belongs? SQUARELY ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE MURDERERS!!

O.K. Should I not take issue with the movie guide people who celebrated the batman movie that was shown during the Colorado theater massacre?  Should I blame the movie, itself,  for the violence that happened that day?  Or was it a matter of a deranged killer who probably WOULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED IF THE THEATER ALLOWED SECURITY OFFICERS TO CARRY LOADED FIREARMS TO PROTECT THE PATRONS IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY???

Then, I don't think Whitlock or others should blame the NRA or guns in the murder/suicide of Jovan Belcher.  As some people have surmised, if the girlfriend had her own firearm to protect herself, perhaps she would still be alive today.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is not enough to say the movie is about good overcoming evil. The Bolsheviks and Communists after all saw themselves as the forces of good overcoming the forces of evil resulting in the immolation of in excess of 60,000,000 "evil" men, women, and children.

As you pointed out, blame must be placed first and foremost on the murderer himself. Solzhenitsyn, who suffered horribly for many long years in a Communist Gulag---a hell-on-earth--would certainly agree. Evil, said Solzhenitsyn, cuts right through the hearts of all men, bar none.