In the wake of Newtown, it is a measure of consolation that there is renewed interest in gun control, as well as calls for a re-examination of the second amendment, and new resistance to the NRA. Maybe we can learn from Australia’s response to mass murders there.
But let’s not delude ourselves: beyond any supposed “quick” fixes for our national malaise, the country will never heal itself until we all refuse to buy into the culture of violence that we nurture in popular images of heroic gunmen — in movies, TV programs and ads. We know that these things affect our minds and behavior. And we know quite well that young men and rejected or insecure males of any age are keyed up to reach for the quick fix our sick culture offers in guns.
Let’s not buy that stuff, whether a violent film or any product that panders to the lust for power.