The gun manufacturer-own NRA fringe terrorist group wants to avoid any and all responsibility and instead point to Hollywood for the reason we have near-daily multiple-death shootings. The thing is, TV and movies abound with comedies. But that hasn't made America funnier. A generation of little children raised in the late-1950s on feel-good family shows like Father Knows Best, Make Room for Daddy, and Leave It to Beaver became the anti-establishment protesters of the '60. A generation of little children raised in the '50s on shoot-em-up westerns became the Make Love, Not War peace movement when they grew up. Our violent films are sent around the world, it's perhaps our most successful export industry. But regular gun massacres and near-daily multiple-death gun shootings happen HERE. Australia banned automatic and semi-automatic rifles after a 1996 massacre -- they haven't had a gun massacre since.
Every action we take brings with it responsibility, whether you're Hollywood, the NRA, an elected member of Congress, Wall Street, the auto industry, the military-industrial complex, book publisher, Big Pharma, a parent, child or neighbor. Anyone.. But without guns, without promoting guns, without blocking gun safety laws, without ratcheting fear to push people to buy guns, I think it's a fair presumption that concern over gun deaths would plummet.
If the gun manufacturer-own NRA fringe terrorist group's idea of gun safety is not all the above but rather to stop watching TV, it's my observation that we have a more clear idea of where responsibility in gun massacres, let alone near-daily multiple-death gun shootings lies.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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