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Get the Guns? Or Take Aim at Those Corrupting Our Culture?

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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.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

December 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm

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  1. “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.”

    That says it all but it will not be among the president’s talking points since it might annoy some of his Hollywood funders. You want expert drone “pilots.” Mr. President? Well, Newton, that Colorado movie theater, Columbine, Lexington are part of the price tag,

    Jeff Blankfort

    December 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

  2. Take a look at any given NYTimes list of bestselling fiction: murder and mayhem sell. In a recent interview, bestselling thriller author Brad Meltzer said that he persuaded four major US publishers to donate 10,000 copies each of popular thrillers to US military personnel stationed abroad. The notion is radically misconceived; it’s throwing gasoline on a tinderbox.

    One might also observe that increasing militarism in the US and increases in the incidence of mass violence — what I would call ‘demonstration violence,’ all committed by young, middle class, white, intelligent but ‘lost’ males such as the highly intelligent Batman shooter — correlate with the increase in feminist power. Young males are losing the sense of being in charge and of being the protectors and leaders. At the same time, women who have taken high profile leadership posts in the US are among the most violence prone — Madeleine Albright, Condi Rice, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Samantha Power all have the blood of many thousands of other people’s children on their hands (interesting to note that only Clinton has children, and none has sons).

    talkingbacktocspan

    December 17, 2012 at 1:50 am

  3. [...] light of such ideological blindness, Americans should be very wary of those who decry “their” culture of [...]

  4. I completely agree with the above. It’s the culture that’s sick. Hollywood, video games, etc. However, there’s no way the mainstream will allow any real discussion on this, they’re all in bed together.

    Geordie

    December 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

  5. ” Young males are losing the sense of being in charge and of being the protectors and leaders. ”

    May I ask, are you a ‘ feminist ‘ yourself?

    Osiris

    December 18, 2012 at 6:44 am


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