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Re: “Guns — the discussion continues

Citizen1, you are correct. I am not sure this is necessarily a liberal issue although gun control seems to be more knee jerk with liberals in politics and media than conservatives. No need for name calling by me. My bad. But I think the valid point is that these incidents are really unique to post 1990 or so. Guns have been around forever. What changed? One thing I would point to is the proliferation of media violence. Most of us realize on some level that the level of rampant unrealistic sex in media is not good for our kids and will probably impair their healthy development into safe, monogamous relationships. Why aren't we similarly tuned in to the impact media violence has on our youth? We are teaching them through repetitive fantasy depictions that conflict can be resolved through violence. We are teaching them to kill. When I put my son in a shooting class at a rifle range, I am not teaching him to kill. I am teaching him sports, competition, safety, responsibility and discipline. Huge difference. And the gun companies are not "profiteers of violence" as someone stated above. They barely make a profit due to the lawsuits they have to defend. The profiteers of violence are Clint Eastwood, Sly Stallone, Arnold S. (s?), Quentin Tarentino, Angela Jolie, Bruce Willis, and everyone else who makes millions off of graphically violent media. Some of these people are conservatives, some liberal, all rich, and all have contributed, knowingly or not, to a culture of violence.

Posted by Cimarron on 12/18/2012 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Guns — the discussion continues

So, all the liberals that flock to this site want to restrict constitutionally protected rights of their law abiding neighbors to own firearms because the firearms are the final tool of a horribly depraved act. Not a causation, just a tool used in the depraved act. An efficient tool to be sure. As you have heard before, only law abiding citizens will obey your Big Brother rules--not criminals--not mentally disturbed folks. But liberals love control, so away we go. Incidents of crime committed by tens of thousands of concealed carry holders is statistically ZERO, but let's talk about more regulation of the law abiding but not even turn a passing glance at media violence. From the time this boy was old enough to turn on a television he has been saturated with violence on television, in movies, and in video games. Dirty Harry, Rambo, Jason Bourne, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Hawaii Five O, Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIC, HALO, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto (to highlight a few tips of the iceberg) all provide a constant saturation of graphic violence, perverse behavior, and most important, utilization of firearms in ways NEVER EVER contemplated by law abiders, collectors, sportsshooters, or hunters. The NRA sponsors hundreds of safe gun handling programs. Angelina Jolie gets paid millions to demonstrate how to NEVER handle a firearm. So, why are you so willing to abridge Second Amendment rights with little evidence of causation or changed outcome, but you won't even DISCUSS abridging First Amendment rights by limiting, regulating, censoring media violence? Addiction to and obsession with media violence, especially violent video games is the only common denominator for school shooting perpetrators. Look it up. This case will be no different. I predict this kid was a loner who sat in his house playing violent video games for hours. Studies show this physiologically changes your brain. Start with a "disturbed" brain, and you get a monster. But let's not discuss that. Let's close the "gun show loophole" so we can control some more people with interests different than ours. Go watch Quentin Tarentino's newest movie and then ask yourself whether the existence of movies like that have more impact on crazy violence in our culture than my legal ownership of a gun locked in my gunsafe. Liberals are not honest on these issues, especially with themselves.

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Posted by Cimarron on 12/18/2012 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Beebe: Shoffner allegations 'don't look good'

Are you kidding me? This "wait for the facts" attitude for the Democrat is certainly a nice break from your usual full throttle character assassination approach when a Republican is in the middle of a controversy. I guess Ark. Times has never pretended to be objective.

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Posted by Cimarron on 09/19/2012 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Lancaster: Disgrace

Bob, be honest. Which impacted this kid more, the prevalence of violence in movies, tv, and video games, or gun ownership by US citizens like me? People freely owned guns in this country for years without one mass shooting of this type prior to the introduction of graphic violence in media--mainly beginning in the 1950's. Do you choose to IGNORE the fact that these evil guns never sprang to life and jumped into the hands of maniacs until after the introduction of tv?

And I am curious. Do you realistically think that you and yours could remove firearms from the reach of demented souls like this? I mean for real--not just the kind of debates you like to have on smoke breaks. What would you do? Ban manufacture and sale, and then go door to door and confiscate all existing weapons? Even if you did all that (and didn't die trying), what percent of guns would still be available? 5%? 10%? Are you aware that over 80 million adults in this country legally choose to own at least one gun? If you miss 5% of them there would be somewhere between 4-10 million firearms in the country. Do you not suppose most of these would be in the hands of people you are hysterically proposing to protect us from?

Chicago banned handguns in 1982 and homicides dropped there 17%!! But wait, nationally, homicides dropped 25%.... That doesn't really fit your thesis either, does it?

I think your need to control gun ownership is more driven by some psychological need you have to control generally than it is driven by a sincere desire on your part to make a difference. Because single parenting, drug trafficking, and media violence are all much more obviously correlated with incidents off mass violence than is gun ownership. If you wanted to understand this, you could, but it apparently doesn't fit your....agenda.

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Posted by Cimarron on 08/03/2012 at 10:51 AM

Re: “A defense of the trolley

I like the picture taken recently at the reunion of all the people who have ever ridden the trolley--all seven of them.

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Posted by Cimarron on 07/27/2012 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Police chief talks about Aurora mass shooting

Hackett, one of the publications at was nominated for the Pulitzer prize. At least two are on the USMC Commandant's required reading list. Why do liberals name call rather than discussing ideas? Grossman makes an excellent case for all of us to be more concerned with media violence than gun ownership, global warming, or probably your pet cause. He has studied violence. He may be the foremost expert, which explains his year round lecture bookings to law enforcement and military audiences.

Posted by Cimarron on 07/22/2012 at 1:04 AM

Re: “Police chief talks about Aurora mass shooting

These events are sometimes impossible to explain. The shooter is obviously mentally impaired. But if you must look further, I suggest you look more to what was on the screen behind him than the tools he had in his hand. Consult for scholarly analysis of violence like this. It is directly linked to the tsunami of violence in modern media, primarily movies and video games. Take a disturbed mind and train it with hundreds of hours of exposure to media violence and you create this. I will bet a dollar that this man was a constant viewer of violent movies and/or player of violent video games. As Alan Ladd's character said in the 1953 classic, "Shane", "A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that." If you want to regulate something, get off of your obsession with guns and talk to Hollywood.

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Posted by Cimarron on 07/20/2012 at 2:43 PM

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