Because the classic book, How to lie with statistics by Darrell Huff, teaches us the tricks, it is best to take a look at the quantitative analysis of numbers and from them make our own deductions. The first graph shown here tells a story we might not realize is a reality in American neighborhoods. There are more gun shops in America than supermarkets. Wow! Somebody cares more about shooting than eating. The second one is just as alarming. Every time there is a mass shooting gun sales go up. Woe! It benefits somebody when there are mass shootings! Finally, the third one has the stats for the number of guns reported stolen. It’s preoccupying how the greater the number of guns on the streets, the higher the number reported stolen. I’m just saying: there is Food for Thought with these numbers. It’s very honorable to value the rights of people to arm themselves. However, I understand that there is no gun big enough to protect us from tyranny nowadays. In the old day of muskets and gunpowder, we could get together and form a guerilla against the oppressors. But we need much bigger guns than regular assault weapons and machine guns, given the advance in weapon technologies these days. Besides, the real and only chance we may have at being free from the oppressing powers that be is to KNOW and to SPEAK. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!
Today on ABC, I listened to students talk about the March on the 24 and how the NRA and the politicians on both sides of the coin have blood on their hands. I agree. But I would add to that saying that Hollywood is also to blame as is every news-reporting agency in the nation who keeps sustaining and raising the bar on violence through mass communication outlets. So, I believe these students are only addressing one of the major culprits by looking at the most obvious, the sellers and makers of the profitable 300 billion-dollar industry of this country, as well as the gate keepers of the nation, the congressmen and women who make the laws that fail to conserve and preserve the safety of their constituents. Of course, there is no water that will ever wash away their responsibility unless that of reprobation of their own laws that neglect to safeguard the well being of civilians.
The day politicians gather students, parents, and teachers in a conversation of mutual understanding, education will serve to make a better American future; and the abuse, neglect, and condoning of violence on ourselves and the world will be our next new normal. In the new normal, even the news stories will change for the best, and our focus will not be on violence. Since the beginning of mass communication media, violence, crime, hate, sexual aberration, and other oddities have been the number one best sellers at the movies, the nightly news, and other media reports. One generation after another, we have been raising the bar on violence. When are we going to wake up?
Japan leads the way in gun control laws. Follow their example. Let’s focus on positive news, find ways to entertain without violence, crime, and sex. Only then will we become a progressive and evolved species. Otherwise, we will only keep on killing and hurting one another for power. Why do you think these gunmen open fire? Power, because they can. We put the guns in their hands. We edifice violence and crime then expect others not to model what we place in their heads. Come on, psychology and mass communication professionals have known these theoretical frameworks for decades. It’s time to take a stand for our children and the future of the world. Peace starts within and we’re not fostering peace when all we do is look at violence and crime to the point of glorifying it.