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Thread #148617   Message #3452246
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
15-Dec-12 - 08:40 AM
Thread Name: BS: Shooting tragedies and guns
Subject: RE: BS: Shooting tragedies and guns
The problem is not the number of guns, but the uniquely American attitude toward them. In the American mythos, the gun is "The Great Problem Solver". Our films, television programs, video games, and popular fiction romanticize the gun's ability to set things right. They tell us that going out in a blaze of glory is an admirable thing to do. So, why should we be surprised when some guy who feels he's been given a raw deal lashes out in precisely the way he's been repeatedly told is heroic?

The key to solving gun violence is to send a countermessage that guns don't solve problems. They create them. It's not going to be an easy message to send, if for no other reason than that the current "Guns are cool!" message makes so much money for the mass media. For every film which shows how an act of gun violence destroys lives, there are dozens of others depicting gun-wielders as heroes.