A little later today the President of the United States will give a speech a little like this one or, perhaps, like that one. The point is that the President will express his shock and grief over the shootings in Aurora, Colorado.
For the next few days we’ll have all sorts of reports about the massacre – we’ll learn about the shooter and about the least details of his sorry life. We’ll learn if this was just some sort of crazed attack or (less likely) some sort of terrorist attack. If it was a terrorist attack then it will be swiftly played down by government and MSM because confronting actual terrorism is forbidden right now (too busy with electoral matters – if it was some sort of terrorist attack, the reaction will be akin to the reaction to the Cole incident in 2000). More than likely, though, this massacre is just another crazed attack in a long line of them – both in the United States and around the world. Zero Hedge put together a handy list of the major mass shootings of the past 20 years. Makes for depressing reading – but not so much because of the shootings, but because of our blindness on what it all means.
Even if the attack turns out to be terrorism, the list is still depressing and still so because of our unwillingness to confront reality. Once upon a time, there weren’t mass shootings. Not that there were fewer: there were none. Crazed lunatics with access to repeating rifles did not go on murderous rampages in the 1880’s. Crazed lunatics with access to the Thompson sub-machine gun (a fully automatic weapon firing a murderous .45 ACP round at 600 rounds per minute…and anyone could buy it in the 20’s or 30’s…didn’t even need a permit) did not go on murderous rampages in the 1930’s. Crazed lunatics who have to jump through government hoops to obtain semi-automatic weapons do go on murderous rampages, today. What has changed? I mean, other than the fact that it is harder to obtain less effective murder weapons than were available in the 1930’s?
Morality has changed.
Back in the past we didn’t have a society where the family was half collapsed. We didn’t have a society where lies were officially designated as “politically correct” and thus not to be questioned. Where the government nanny-State has replaced men in a quarter of all households. Where violence is glorified in “cool” movies, television shows and video games. Where obscene and/or anti-social behavior is not a matter for concern (until, that is, the obscene or anti-social person picks up a gun and starts shooting). The problem we have – the reason people go on shooting rampages – is because we are an immoral society. Until we become, once again, a moral society this will not change – all you’ll get is ever more shootings and, likely, ever worse shootings.
Until we brace ourselves to the task of rebuilding the family, denouncing the politically correct lies, dismantling the welfare State and start censoring what goes on in our popular culture, none of this will improve. It will, indeed, only get worse. Carp and complain about what I just wrote all you want – shriek to high heaven about how I just advocated censorship…but if you don’t agree with me, then you are part of the problem. Your head is stuck firmly in the sand (though a much more vulgar suggestion of where it is would be more accurate). You are ignoring reality in favor of one politically correct lie or another. This is what it is – our collapse in morality leads to mass shootings. Just as our collapse in morality has led to increased illegitimacy, divorce, cross-generational government dependence, rape, adultery/fornication, child abuse/neglect/abandonment, massively widespread sexually transmitted disease, increased child poverty, crime of all sorts, decayed cities…
Want to end all that? Then start insisting upon the enforcement of morality. If you don’t then nothing else you do will work and you’ll just see more and more of this…
UPDATE: Roger L. Simon gets on the right track:
From Oliver Stone to Quentin Tarantino to Clint Eastwood, many of our best known filmmakers have trafficked in extreme, sometimes even gratuitous, violence. It has long been their contention, and those of others, that violence in film does not beget violence in life.
As the mass murder in Colorado has shown, they were wrong. Yes, normal people are able to separate illusion from reality, but for the criminally insane like James Holmes, it is quite clear that ultra-violent films can act as an inspiration for unspeakable acts.
Given the horrifying death toll, rare as the likes of Holmes may be, we have to account for the similarly deranged and aberrant. We owe that to the dead of Colorado and elsewhere. Moreover, we should not encourage these events, wittingly or unwittingly. And by we I mean the people who make films (which includes me)…
But he doesn’t go far enough – he eschews censorship. But censorship of films, television, radio and video games (especially) is a necessary act in bringing to an end these horrendous massacres. It is simple calculation: what is more important, human lives of the ability of entertainment people to make an easy buck? It is my view that because we have allowed popular culture to become a cesspit that it has not only become soaked in violence and sex but that it has also become lousy – actors are worse, direction is worse, writing is worse than it was in the glory days of Hollywood. This is because acting in the manner of Spencer Tracy, directing in the manner of John Ford and writing with the style and grace of Charles Brackett (Ninotchka, Sunset Boulevard, The King and I, etc.) takes hard work as well as talent – much easier to just grind out movies with spectacular special effects, a few flashed boobs, some cuss words and a couple catch-phrases.
Do not, I pray you, try to sell me the utter garbage that censoring violence and sex out of popular culture attacks freedom. Men and women did not fight and die for the “freedom” to put out disgusting filth and charge $8 to see it. The heroes of America’s past fought and died so that we could worship God, speak our minds and live our lives without let or hindrance from others. If the only way you can feel free is when your watching someone be disemboweled in an action flick, then you are a complete slave, so pound sand and get out of this debate and allow the adults to take over.
UPDATE II: Naturally, the left is trying to blame the TEA Party and the larger conservative movement for this. They’ll never take aim at the purveyors of popular filth. Oh, no – that would mean a drying up of invites to the cool parties as well as a drop off in donations…
UPDATE III: Its not just me thinking along these lines.