Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Assault weapons" and why they are not the problem.

by Mark Moran

Unfortunately, the tragedy of the Alabama massacre by Michael McLendon sent the Mainstream media on a frenzy to demonize the "assault rifle" that took so many innocent lives. While this is an absolute tragedy and we mourn for those lives lost, it is reckless and irresponsible to blame this on the gun.

The Mainstream media was out in full force to let everyone know that it was an evil assault weapon that was responsible for this horrific act. On the way to work the other morning, I had to ask my wife if the ABC news commentator actually paused to utter the words "Assault Weapon" mid-story. She confirmed that he did in fact make a concerted effort to say "Assault Weapon" as many times as he could fit it into a 2 minute news blurb.

I find this entirely ironic. Who is responsible for these people that snap and kill so many innocents? I believe the blame falls clearly on the shoulders of a few select groups in our society.

The first blame should go out to the liberal establishment. For years, you have made it impossible for normal people to express their anger or dissatisfaction with the everyday things life throws at us. You have used political correctness as a muzzle; and that muzzle chokes out our basic human need to express emotions when we are upset or disgruntled. Instead, we have been taught that we have to hold our feelings in as not to offend anyone. When they finally do erupt in certain people, something horrendous happens like we just saw in Alabama.

The next helping of blame goes to a liberal activist group, otherwise known as our nations public schools. It is interesting to note Michael McLendon's age. He was 28; which means he was born in 1980. Michael McLendon grew up right at the beginning of the anti-gun era spawned by the Brady Campaign and other anti-gun politicians. How is this a factor?

I was born in 1975. When I was in grade school, little boys could still be little boys. I had an arsenal of toy guns that looked like real guns and we brought them to school. We played cops and robbers in the neighborhood and on the playground. We were not suspended or expelled for drawing a picture of a gun, or using our fingers to make a pretend gun.

Although there were a few mass shootings prior to the mid 90's, they began in earnest with the generation after mine. This generation grew up with guns demonized for their entire childhood. In addition, this decade was the beginning of a huge uptick in extreme violence out of Hollywood, and extremely violent video games that were mass marketed to teenagers. Coupled with the decreasing involvement of the family, we were presented with the situation we are in today.

There is a solution. America needs to stand up and repudiate these forces that have left our country in the state that it currently is. We need to stop buying the violence and gore that comes out of Hollywood. We need to elect school boards and hire superintendents to our public schools that understand the danger we are creating by forcing students to repress their normal tendencies to express themselves. We need to let our children act with emotion instead of pumping them full of Ritalin. Finally, we need to re-invest ourselves in our families and our children and provide a nurturing outlet for them to grow up as normal, balanced adults. When this happens, these mass killings will subside.

Don't blame the "Assault Rifle".

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