America, you need gun control

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How many more people need to die America before you do something about your weapons of mass destruction?  Nut jobs with guns.  I suppose gunmen who go on the rampage don’t have a backyard full of oil though.

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  1. #1 by aerynxv on July 22, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    There are a number of conflicting interest groups that make this a tug-of-war not easily solved. Senator Lautenburg is trying to revive a dead proposal to limit high-capacity magazines, but the NRA and gun-industry lobby see any concession as a slippery slope to a generalized gun ban. Unfortunately the cities that HAVE instituted a gun ban, such as Chicago, have warzone level casualties daily, undermining the model system which should have seen a concomitant DROP in gun violence. The ban on semi-automatic assault rifles goes back and forth, and will likely do so again this time. In an election year, though, both parties are jockeying for voters, and since over 40% of adult Americans are gun owners, neither party can alienate that big a block of potential support.

    Someday, perhaps in a decade or so, their will be enough support for a more comprehensive gun ban, but in the interim, despite the outcry, it just will not happen. It’s just a reality of the American political landscape. Finally, Americans have notoriously short attention spans, and “outrage exhaustion”. It contributes to an encroaching nihilism about getting ANYTHING done.

    • #2 by oopster74 on July 22, 2012 - 8:13 pm

      I hear what you say on the short attention span, but I feel that at least with some American TV, because you are treated like you are stupid, it ends up with a situation that you get more stupid.

      I’m a big fan of the WWE (used to watch British wrestling with my grandmother in the late 70’s / early 80’s), and I hate the way that everyone is a “stereotype”, but there only seems to be 2 or 3 possible roles for the women or “Divas” as they call them, and it really pisses me off. I understand they’ve have simple stories, but that doesn’t mean every woman wrestler is a brain dead bimbo, a bitch or too athletic to really be considered properly female, but that’s a debate for another blog I think.

  2. #3 by aerynxv on July 22, 2012 - 11:32 pm

    I am not really in a position to claim American’s are stupid, (I would then be exercising educational Privilege and Intellectual Privilege) though I do concede our most prevalent media is geared to a low common denominator. There are a multitude of outlets and venues that are tailored to a more erudite crowd, and many subdivisions for differing interests. I imagine it is similar in the UK. Unfortunately, our version of “chavs” dominates most of the mainstream, simply because Networks cater to popular images that attract viewers who then BUY the goods the Advertisers market especially to them. One wonders whether advertising drives culture?

    • #4 by oopster74 on July 22, 2012 - 11:41 pm

      Oh I’ve no doubt that there are a lot of intelligent Americans, obviously they we’re in hiding from 2000 to 2008, but you can see it in American TV, and part of that is because they dumb things down, have way too many adverts so by the time you get into any “difficult” storyline, it’s ad time again, and whereas British TV will show a series in a set time week in week out, you never know when a program is going to be on in America. Odyssey 5 got moved around the schedules, not shown the week after, so ratings suffered, and that could have been a really good show. Bangs head on walls sometimes.

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