Friday, December 14, 2012

Exploiting Tragedies for Political Gain is Wrong

This afternoon, while waiting for President Obama’s initial remarks regarding the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I told myself that he would not politicize this heartbreaking event so soon, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Within a few sentences, he was talking about us “coming together” to take “meaningful action” to “prevent more tragedies like this.”

MSNBC’s, Alex Wagner, said, "Hopefully, this shooting will result in political capital to reform gun laws."

CNN’s Piers Morgan tweeted: "Nothing happened after Aurora. Now it must."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said we need “immediate action” against guns.

Boston Mayor Menino said, “Now is the time for a national policy on guns.”

And here we go again, exploiting horrific tragedies in order to advance a political agenda of gun control. It is shameful at best, and the argument is totally ludicrous.

The fact of the matter is: Gun laws don’t work.

Take the Brady Bill for example.

When the Brady Bill was signed into law on Nov. 30, 1998, it was heralded as a meaningful step toward a “safer, saner society.” In essence, this new law replaced the already failed Brady Act, and required a five-day waiting period to purchase a handgun.

At the time of the signing, James Brady—for whom the bill was named—said the new legislation would bring “the end of unchecked madness.”

Perhaps Mr. Brady believed the words he spoke, but as evidenced by the slaughter in Newtown, Connecticut today, “unchecked madness” didn’t cease with the signing of the Brady Bill. And it won’t cease regardless of how many bills are signed into law. Legislation can't cure the morally diseased, after all.
 
I contend that if we're really concerned about the out-of-control violence that is happening in America, we should take a long, hard look at what is being promoted as entertainment these days.
 
Movies are violent. Music is violent. Video games are violent. Yet, when a violent act is carried out, nobody on the left points fingers toward Hollywood. Oh, no. They are way too busy pointing fingers at the NRA, speculating if the shooter is a Republican, or a Tea Party member, or a Sarah Palin fan or a Rush Limbaugh listener, or a Bible-thumping believer with a rifle in his truck. Sad, but true, and you know it.
 
Don't misunderstand, I would love to have a safer, saner society—God knows we need one—but more gun laws won’t bring that about. As Thomas Jefferson once said, "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes." He went on to say, "Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants."
 
Today's shooting was an unimaginable tragedy. Unimaginable. Exploiting it for political gain is disgusting and wrong.

6 comments:

  1. Gayle,
    You are absolutely, positively, resoundingly correct.
    I don't get why the connection between entertainment and actions isn't made here. I remember our pastor once said, "Our thoughts are dress rehearsals for our actions."
    Case in point - video games (hours on end!), movies, TV.
    Duh.

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  2. Well said and I totally agree!

    We also need more family values, which leads back to God.
    This season should be about the birth of Jesus!

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  3. Wonderfully put, Gayle! Thank you for this share!

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  4. You couldn't be more right. Thank you for standing up for your convictions. They are mine also.


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  5. Gayle, I could not agree with these words more. Nor could I have said them better.

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