In the aftermath of the horrific Valentines Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida the topic of Gun Control has been back in the media and in the White House – with the Gun lobby backing and defending the Second Amendment which is the right to keep and bear arms.
I know in the light of these events a lot of things get said, a lot of protests are held and on occasion false promises are made and followed up by ridiculous notions – one being “Providing Gun Training to Teachers”.
Really I can’t pass too much comment on the political status of America, I mean I have a rough understanding from my love of House of Cards and I also have an opinion on Trump but in regards to passing bills, creating laws and changing legislations I am in the dark a bit.
But this post isn’t about that. This post is about something I do know a little something about. This post is about Film and Video Games and the notion that their violent tendencies create equal violent tendencies in people.
This is stemming from Trump’s recent attempt to lay the blame for gun violence and mass shootings in America at the feet of pop culture, video games and films.
Now this I can’t stand for. In my eyes this is like a grandparent trying to understand a new modern cultural and not really grasping it and throwing blame to something they don’t understand.
Stats time. From the Human Development Index 2012.
- 7.13 billion people in the world
- America counts for 4.43% of that
- 644 million people legally own a firearm in the world.
- 42% of that 644 million gun owners are American.
The bit I can’t get my head around it when someone like Trump tries to throw films and games under the bus and blame it as the root of these horrific moments. These forms of entertainment are meant as just that, mere entertainment – they are sold and distributed in almost every country across the world, but you don’t see Hans from Norway or Keith from Swansea running to the local comprehensive school and trying to recreate GTA or something like that.
These forms of entertainment are just that – they are entertainment, fake, fictional, fun. They aren’t intended to be a guide on how to do something evil, and for the government place fault at these is absurd, the amount of people who buy these games clearly outwieght the number of mass shootings. In the first 24 hours of its release GTAV sold 11.21 million copies. But we didn’t see 11.21 million shooters get angry and shoot something up.
Yes I do agree there must be some reason why a person snaps and goes into a school with an automatic rifle and that needs to be looked into – Mental Health always crops up in these aftermath talks, but again I know so many people who have been diagnosed with something and they still know it’s wrong to do this. These scapegoats are getting worn out and repetitive now.
And in Americas case I think the Gun Laws is the key, even though they like to think its anything but that – it’s stupidly easy to buy one.
18 months ago I went to Houston, Texas – and while at a shooting range with my cousin I got talking to one of the guys in the shop. (This range was like an apple store for guns, all these weapons on podiums for you to hold and feel, it was a little bit cool) While talking to this guy I asked how easy is it to get a permit and a gun, excusing myself of course being a Brit but take my cousin for example. The guy was a nice guy but honest to god he said the following:
“Pretty easy, All I have to do is take your details pop them in the system, they get ran through all the checks and stuff . . what’s your name?… Yeah that’s a normal White American name, that should only take 30mins or so to come back and you should be clear to go. Obviously if it was a foreign name or something, especially middle east it would take longer and you might have to come back another day. But you guys would be ok to buy and take home a gun today”
We could have literally walked out with a handgun gun there and then. And how open was the guy with the underlying race issues. It’s almost set to be, White American Man – you get a gun, Dark Arab Man – you have to wait, we need to look into you a bit more.
That is crazy, how the laws and rules almost encourage you to own, buy and have a gun yet they can’t see that as a link to mass shootings. It must be the films and games right.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a normal guy – I love guns, be it; Nerf, BB, or the real thing. I think that is an inherent MAN thing – turns out at the targets and clays I’m a pretty damn good shot too. I also love Video Games and Films – Call of Duty, GTA, Tarantino flicks, mindless 80’s action films where the guns never run out of bullets. Love it! But they are not real. I know this! We can’t pin the blame on these games and movies. They have nothing to do with it – it’s Entertainment vs Real Life. Two opposite ends of the ballpark. And if one slightly unhinged individual can’t make that connection and understand the difference between Real Life and Fiction, then they shouldn’t be allowed to buy a gun – oh but wait, it’s that persons right by law of the constitution that they can buy a gun. See where this falls down, where this is heading and the results that will yet again hit the news.
Once Government realise this and finally think – maybe it is our gun control rules that is the problem, then something good can be done about it. Until that day nothing will change, more innocent lives will be lost, more children with no future, parents with no children and a government picking the newest GTA game to blame.
It’s sad but its true – I wish it wasn’t like this. We need to make a change.
And for all the victims of the latest and any school shooting, my thoughts are with you and your family. Time is meant to heal and my god I hope it does, maybe not today or tomorrow but soon. Be at peace.
All photos are either created by myself or sourced from the internet and those I take no claim over.