Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Evils of Gun Control or How The Media Murders

Hello Readers, it has been a while since my last post and quite a bit has happened since then and, I want to try to touch on most of the major issues that have popped up.  I guess the first issue that I want to touch on is gun control due to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  There is not a lot that I can say about this issue that hasn’t already been said but I will give you a brief look at my personal views on the issue as well as a link to an extremely well thought out post on the issue by one of my favorite authors, Larry Correia, that I recommend everyone read.  Personally, I feel that the push to restrict and ban guns here in the US is something to be worried about.  There are millions of law abiding citizens in this country that love their guns and use them for numerous things ranging from self-defense to teaching their children responsibility.   Taking away their access to the weapons that they use for these purposes not only puts them at risk from people who wish to do them harm but it also takes a valuable tool away from parents who realize the importance of teaching children at a young age to respect firearms and what they are capable of.  I’m not even going to get into the hunting aspect of this issue. 
As for this apparent outbreak of mass shootings that seem to be happening around the country, notice that they only tend to happen in places where guns are either not allowed (such as schools) or are restricted to areas where only select people are allowed weapons and are positioned far away from the site where the shootings take place (Fort Hood) or if there is a heavy police presence, the police (as is the case with the Virginia Tech shooting) are not allowed to carry firearms.  Due to this, I believe I can safely say that and unarmed populace is little more than cannon fodder to criminals who don’t respect the law.  Also, think about what one of the first things a government does that wishes to enslave its citizens, they take away the citizens methods of protecting themselves.  That said, I believe that a well-armed populace is the safest.
Now, I believe the biggest problem when it comes to these mass shootings as well as the main contributing factor to the apparent increase in them is the sole fault of the media.  The media, in an effort to push liberal agendas on the issue of gun control has been sensationalizing these shooting and giving the shooters the lime light.  This encourages more disturbed individuals to get their 15 min of fame by trying to do an equal to larger amount of damage and the news media eats it up because it gives them more tragedy (because everyone know only bad news sells) to report on that encourages even more violence…
Or so it would seem, but the honest fact of the matter is that there hasn’t really been a large increase in these mass shooting, there has only been an increase in the reporting on them.  The media’s amount of reporting is the only differing factor; shootings aren’t really increasing like they are making it appear.  Part of this I do believe if the fault of the media, but there is another factor.  I believe that the increased accessibility to information is the other reason that the media tends to go overboard with their reporting on these issues thus bombarding us with more and more stories like this as they (the media) tries to outdo one another in an effort to report the most sensational stories they can in order to attract the almighty viewership numbers.
Hmmm, ok guess I am not going to get to any of the other issues I wanted to talk about in this post but that is ok, I can get to them in the next one.  In fact I haven’t said all I want to say with this post but since I am giving you a very long post to read on this issue as well as what you have already read to get to the point where you are now I will drop it here.  Here is the link to the post by Larry Correia - Please read this post, whether you agree with gun control or not, it is all something to think about, that is all.

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