Category Archives: Gun Control

Stupid editorial of the day

From the New York Times, a call to make companies pay blood money for gun violence.

Let’s also make anyone who manufactures anything that someone could use in a violent or life-threatening way pay blood money when their products harm or take a life.

You ever bother to read all of the warnings that come with, say, a new hair dryer?  You know, the ones that warn you not to try to dry your hair while in the shower or bathtub lest you be electrocuted?

Yeah, those all exist because somewhere, some idiot either tried to blow dry her hair in the shower and became a crispy critter or a group of lawyers and other bean counters got together and brainstormed a list of cover-your-ass product warnings to avoid a lawsuit.

I don’t know how to make this any more clear, but I’ll try again and I’ll use small words:

Guns and gun makers don’t cause gun violence.  Violent criminal thugs cause gun violence.

This is as asinine as calling for a “hurt feelings tax” on, say, entities like The New York Times when someone uses words that make someone else feel bad.  Or, of course, we could list the more obvious organizations that should be charged blood money for the harm their products cause:

  • Car manufacturers.  After all, more people die in car accidents than by mass shootings.
  • Food makers, restaurants, and farmers.  Their products are responsible for obesity and, therefore, early death.
  • Alcohol producers.  People drink and alcohol causes alcoholism and drunk driving and abuse.
  • Knife makers.  Knives kill people, too.  We cannot let Ginsu get away with these atrocities anymore.

Shall I continue?

Of course, the thing missing here is this:  our culture can never, ever, ever blame the shooter for violence.  It’s always the fault of the gun.  Or the movie.  Or the bullying.  Or whatever politically correct cause the media can blame it on.  It just happens to be guns right now because, since Sandy Hook, the left has been itching for gun control and has lost massively at the polls and in Congress.

The question no one will ask Jim Carrey

Or, more accurately, the question Jim Carrey won’t answer.

Will he return all the money he made from films with violence, including his salary from ‘Kick-Ass 2’?

I don’t believe movie violence causes mass shootings any more than I believe cooking shows make people over-eaters or “Antiques Roadshow” makes people hoarders.  Violence in movies is, unless a documentary, fictional and if we’ve lost our ability as a culture to discern between real violence and fictional violence, then our problems are much, much deeper than Jim Carrey’s latest flick.

But, of course, blaming real-life violence on fictional movies reflects rather sadly on our culture’s shunning of personal responsibility and the blaming of “the other” for the bad choices one makes in one’s life.

Carrey is a staunch gun-control advocate, and a rather insulting one.  After the Sandy Hook School shooting in December, he tweeted many nasty things (that made no logical sense) about Second Amendment supporters (of which I’m one).  He’s got a right to be against guns but — especially without a consistent ethic — we have a right to challenge his views (which are in the minority, I believe) and to question his motives.