Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I want to start this off by saying that I do not, myself, own a firearm, but technically I do as I was bequeathed an antique non-functioning pistol a few years ago. I am not a "gun nut" or a member of The NRA. In many respects I would be considered liberal, but not in any card carrying sense, even as I am in no way to be considered a neo-con.

I caught Michael Moore talking with Piers Morgan on CNN about gun violence in reaction to the Aurora, Colorado nightmare. To watch that show you might think the U.S., which boasts the highest incarceration rate of any country, was also the worst nation on earth for gun violence. How you frame the question makes a difference. According to Wikipedia, the highest rates of gun deaths by nation are South Africa, Columbia, and El Salvador, with the U.S. coming in at number 12 just under Mexico. If you want to say that we are number one as Moore clearly does, you have to say that we are the number one "developed" nation for gun violence, those other countries not counting apparently because they are embryonic and/or fetal. According to the National Institute of Justice website, as I suspected might be the case, most U.S. gun related deaths are perpetrated by gangs in the inner cities.  While Moore mentioned pointedly that most guns in this country are owned by white people in the suburbs, you can hardly expect him to speak out against gangs. Obviously what happened in Aurora was not gang related, but more importantly, for Moore, or for that matter, Piers Morgan, to mention this fact would be politically "incorrect."

Should there be restrictions on people under psychiatric care being able to purchase weapons, and specifically assault rifles? As mentioned on the show, should some sort of alert go out when a person like Holmes is clearly stock piling ammunition online? Absolutely. Such a remedy would be fairly easy to implement and effective, and it would bypass any need for violation of patient confidentiality in a case like Holmes.

One thing I've wondered about Aurora is whether this nightmare might have any connection to so-called antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs. You know, the meds they love to dole out to a large segment of the population that are associated with suicide (How anti-depressing is that?), and for which we see legal ads on a regular basis now in their connection to birth defects. In the Virginia Tech Massacre, shooter, Cho Seung Hui, was on antidepressants. There was also a connection to antidepressants in the infamous Columbine shooting.

None of these factors fit into Moore's far left agenda, however, so no mention of them was made. 

When white people are injured, traumatized, and killed, it makes headlines. In the inner city, well, that's just life, I guess. How many inner city gun deaths, injuries, and trauma involve kids who are not criminals but who had the audacity to go to school? How many Columbines, Virginia Techs, and Aurora Theater horrors unfold in this nation's inner cities every week, and involve innocent children caught in the crossfire, with nary a peep from the corporate media? Who cares about these innocent victims of gun violence? Not CNN or Piers Anthony, or, apparently, that liberal champion of truth and justice, Micheal Moore.

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