I just read a blog about Quinton Tarantino being interviewed on the NPR program Fresh Air. He was getting upset and annoyed that the host was trying to draw conclusions that perhaps the violent movies he creates are part of the problem in our society. And, perhaps, some of what’s responsible for the awful story in Connecticut. Of course Tarantino denied emphatically and proceeded to make the claim that we needed to focus on gun control and mental illness.
Now, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the hypocrisy in this statement. On one hand Tarantino is single handily responsible for some of the most violent movies of the past twenty years. Movies that glorify death, guns, gangs etc. And on the other hand, he is trying to be an advocate for gun control. Well, which is it Mr. Tarantino?
I am not a person that will espouse that our problem in this culture is our movies video games and entertainment industry. But, I can’t see how you can say that it is not part of the problem. Prove to me that we do not become desensitized to the things we see on a tv screen or the the racking up of the body count on the video games we play.
I am also not one to say that we should have any type of gun control. I am all for our right to bare arms. I believe in the idea of an unarmed citizenry is nothing but a slave to tyrannical government. Buy a gun, protect yourself. But there has got to be something that can be done to keep these kind of horrific events from happening again. AND I am not convinced giving all of our teachers a gun is the best decision.
The problem here runs deeper than taking away guns. It runs deeper than movies or video games. It is the byproduct of the torn fabric of family in this country. I don’t have any answers. Lord, knows there are no easy ones. I just know that we all need to take a good look at ourselves and see the plank that is sticking out of our own eyes before blaming anything that’s happened on anybody else.