Under the Black Flag

Movie Czar

The latest school massacre  has all the do-gooders crying for more gun control, yet few have touched upon the blood-splattering, shoot-’em-up electronic games that the unhinged nerd who murdered 27 people in Newtown, Connecticut, played.  His favorite was Call of Duty, a first-person-shooter game where participants use assault rifles, machine guns, and other weapons to slaughter scores of enemy soldiers and zombies.

The murderer sat alone in his bedroom for hours on end playing these videos and watching violent movies on television.  He did not participate in sports and was an obvious sociopath.  His mother, whom he also murdered, kept several guns, including at least one assault-style rifle, in the house.  If that wasn’t a recipe for mass murder, I don’t know what is.

The media is going after the gun lobby because it suits them.  The freedom to bear arms smacks of a bygone America that doesn’t.  What I’d like to see is for somebody go after the Shylocks that produce the violence on screen, starting with Hollywood all the way down to video games.  For starters, there is no doubt in my mind that, just as hard-core porn can lead to rape, extreme violence on screen can make the viewer immune to the horror of shooting a fellow human being in the face.  I for one would love to see a rigidly enforced production code in the manner of the one during...

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