Get the Guns? Or Take Aim at Those Corrupting Our Culture?
By James M. Rockefeller
The Passionate Attachment
December 17, 2012
In the throes of this latest mass murder, President Obama will need to act. But the focus must be on the root cause of violence and not on guns as the means by which violence finds expression. Though what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary was horrific, CNN becomes complicit by encouraging Piers Morgan to abuse the public’s airwaves by making it his mission to outlaw guns with not a word about the media-induced culture that catalyzed this horror.
In 2000, while working with the Ministry of Education in China, officials raised the issue of how many Hollywood films China would be forced to import under terms of the World Trade Organization. Mortal Combat was then a popular video game. Movies soon followed featuring the same theme of ultra-violent lawlessness. China’s top educators were concerned at what should most concern President Obama: the level of violence to which children are exposed as well as Hollywood’s portrayal of violence toward women.
Beijing was rightly concerned that, under WTO terms of free trade, Chinese culture would be required to allow Hollywood purveyors of sex and violence to corrupt Chinese youth in the same way they corrupted ours. Sandy Hook is a symptom of a social sickness brought to us by a common source. That source is not guns.
To stop such horrific crimes requires that impressionable youth be sheltered from those who profit off promoting products that internalize murder, mayhem, fear and insecurity. Eight of the top-ten video games are themed around the glorification of violence and a future of wanton lawlessness acted out in a new world of urban warfare: Assassin’s Creed, Hitman, Call of Duty, Far City 3, etc.
The 24-year old behind this massacre hails from a generation that spent thousands of hours with their minds and emotions immersed in these horrific media environments. Anyone proposing to “get the guns” should realize that an outraged public, both here and abroad, is ready to turn their sights on the role played by Hollywood and mainstream media in what happened at Sandy Hook. Piers Morgan typifies the problem that’s killing our children with his strident focus on a symptom and not a word about the root cause—with those providing his paycheck a key part of the problem.
The “rush” that this maniac enjoyed knowing the media attention he would get by murdering innocent children ensured that his meaningless life would be remembered. How? By imposing this horror on the families of his victims and on all Americans as media personalities such as Piers Morgan misdirect attention away from where it now needs to be focused by a traumatized public.
Guns are not what killed those children. The killers are those who produce the disturbed psyches that turn to guns to act out the violence, mayhem and lawlessness celebrated in film, video games and media by an “infotainment” subculture that we enable by allowing this madness to continue under cover of free speech, free enterprise and free trade.
The common source of this social sickness has long been known. To acknowledge its source and address it—at the source—requires engaged and sustained leadership from a parent who also serves as president.
An international businessman, Mr. Rockefeller resides in Arizona.