A week after the deaths of 26 people in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association has finally responded at length.
Their response shows just how warped their view is of the violence problem in the US. I think they make some fair points, but overall they’re pretty detached from reality.
I posted this on Facebook:
Something tells me the NRA does not understand irony in proposing their police state “solution” for schools, or their call for a national registry for the mentally ill. (That actually made me laugh.) Complete transcript and video.
It’s a complex issue and there are no simple solutions. Blaming the NRA is absurd, but they haven’t helped the situation. Blaming the media is absurd, but they haven’t helped the situation either.
The real problem is the culture of violence and it’s going to take more than knee-jerk reactions to solve it. This is something that has taken generations to form and will take the same length of time to change, if there is even the will to do it.
Look at the celebration in the streets when Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden. It’s symbolic of a culture with deep-seated issues. Killing is not something that should be celebrated, no matter whose death it is.
If America would like to stop the killing at home, it could lead by example and stop the killing outside of its borders. It could actually help and support the mentally ill. It could also bring in some reasonable gun controls to ensure the mentally ill, criminals and others who should not have guns do not get legal access to them. Hollywood and the media could help by not glorifying violence or sensationalizing it.
And finally, parents need support in the early stages of the lives of their children, to be better parents and get help when they need it. It all starts at home.
It’s a tall order. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s going to change in the US.