Bring Back The White Hats
Posted on Monday, July 23rd 2012 at 04:28 pm
We had another horrible tragedy in Aurora last week. There is a lot of talk about gun violence and the need for stricter gun control. This is not an unreasonable thing for us to discuss. I am a gun owner and believe in the 2nd amendment. I know this will upset many of my friends, but I wouldn't be opposed to having some criteria for classes and background check before someone buys an assault rifle. We require that to get a driver's license and although cars are meant for transportation, they can also kill or injure people when not handled responsibly. But, what is missing from the discussion is what is fueling this behavior? When I was a kid in Minnesota hunting was a way of life and guns were everywhere, yet senseless brutal acts never occurred. What has changed? Our culture has radically changed and I believe the entertainment industry has much to do with this shift. Much of what we see coming out of Hollywood today involves cartoon violence where the lines are grey between good and evil. The days of the morally resolute heroes fighting decidedly evil adversaries in shows that I grew up with like Bonanza, Big Valley or Wild Wild West are over. The shooter in Aurora had taken on the persona of "The Joker" when he went on the rampage. If you recall in the movie The Joker was a vicious killer with a wicked sense of humor. When the bad guys are funny they are no longer despised. There needs to be a clear delineation between the good guys and the bad guys, maybe we need to bring back white hats?