by: the Common Constitutionalist
With the most recent senseless killings at a California university, gun control is once again front and center.
Although Joe the plumber didn’t word it correctly, we all know what he meant. A killing spree by an obvious whack job gives no one the right to either confiscate our weapons or pass knee-jerk, feel-good laws that inhibit only the reasonable and law-abiding.
Interestingly, I don’t hear an outcry for knife control. After all, the lunatic in California didn’t just use a gun to kill.
With what seems to be a recent rash of unhinged young killers, the debate has progressed from not just gun control but America’s “gun culture”, and what can be done to limit our children’s “exposure” to guns and gun violence.
Guns have always been a part of American society, but some say our children are becoming saturated by it, thus desensitizing them. Many point to movies and video games as the main culprits.
To a point, I agree with them. The most popular action movies and video games are shoot-em up thrillers. I can see how some less than well-adjusted kids could easily be sucked into shoot-em up fantasies – where you get shot or killed in the game, then magically get to re-spawn or start over.