Aurora, Guns, Idiots, and Moral Decay

The panic is over, the wounded are healing and we are mourning the dead from the theater, in Boulder. What are the lessons.

First and Foremost: This scumbag killed completely innocent men, women and children in cold  blood. I don’t care if he’s sane. crazy, crippled, brilliantly intelligent, dumber than the last rock in the box, or anything else, he’s a murderer, after his fair trial, if convicted, he should be executed. That’s been the law since Moses, and there is no reason to change what works. The state is reactive, which cannot be helped in a free society, and its duty is to protect the rights of the citizens, these citizens right to life was violated in the most heinous manner, and so that is his reward. It’s all personal responsibility, of the perpetrator, and the state.

Second: If you are going to depend on the police to defend you, you are in trouble. If I understand this correctly, the Police station is about a mile from the theater and they responded rapidly and well, I think I heard about 1.5 minutes, which is excellent. 71 people were shot, 12 fatally, that’s tragic. Here is the biggest takeaway for you, an average citizen: If you don’t defend yourself, you will be undefended. here is a couple of paragraphs from Mark America which makes my point better than I can.

Having covered the essentials facts relevant to the actor in this case, I now wish to deal with the generations of non-actors who demanded, through their intransigence, within their own sense of “moral” superiority, and from behind the fortress walls of the protected bubbles in which they live, that these victims be defenseless before the blazing guns of this mad-man.  I wish now to address the man who presides over the City of New York like a King, dictating that salt be stricken from the menu, that soft-drinks be limited to sixteen ounces, and that no law-abiding citizen may easily obtain a gun for his own defense.  There are many like him, and they are all equally guilty in abetting murder wherever law-abiding citizens have been deprived of the lawful ability to carry the means of their own defense.  Even in jurisdictions where concealed handgun permits are available, business owners, acting within their rights as property owners, often restrict patrons from bringing their weapons on the premises, irrespective of permits. Patrons at least have a choice as to whether they shall frequent such establishments, yielding their ability to self-defense.

What none of the political opportunists will tell you is that in every state in which concealed-carry permits are authorized, the incidence of violent crime against persons has fallen precipitously.  What none of these masterminds will tell you is that in all of the locales in which they have had their way, imposing gun control measures for their own nefarious purposes, these have become the deadliest cities in the country.  Chicago, New York, and Washington DC have among the tightest gun control regulations in the country, but they also remain at or near the top the list of violent murders by all weapons, including guns.   Once you have been armed with this knowledge, when Mayor Bloomberg addresses the media with his crass indifference to the murders committed under the shelter availed criminals by his sort of law, you should know that you are facing a man who is an accomplice, if not in the crime at hand in this case, then in others like it, numbering in the thousands, that draw little media attention because their victims number in ones and twos at a time, rather than in scores.

Personally, when I see a sign prohibiting guns, I read it as a sign that armed robbers are welcome.

And furthermore, from Mark.

The shooting at Virginia Tech was the same.  The gunman in that case struck where he could rampage unopposed, and it only ended when he decided to end it.  Major Hasan, at Fort Hood, knew full well that under ordinary circumstances, on an Army installation, despite the arms-rooms full of weaponry and bunkers full of munitions, soldiers do not walk around armed, and when on those rare occasions they train under arms, they do so without ammunition on hand.  A military base, should you penetrate its perimeter security, is a place where a shooter can rampage for some time without opposition, and Major Hasan was in the Army, so he knew this all too well.  He did not launch his attack in a restaurant off-post, where he might well be able to kill service-members, but might also encounter an armed civilian.  He knew his greatest chance of “success” in his spree of “work-place violence” would be where he would find legally disarmed victims.

As Robert Heinlein said, “An armed society is a polite society.”

Third: If you take nothing else away from this tragedy, you should have learned that the so-called main stream media are pushing an agenda. Almost before the wounded, let alone the dead, were removed from the theater, the media was trying to scapegoat conservatives, especially the TEA Party, eventually they did recant this calumny but, only on-line not on air as the accusation had been made

OK those are the main lessons, what about the causes?

My friend Juwanndodoright wrote this, this morning.

We should not be surprised at the incident in Colorado.  We live in and extoll a culture of violence.  We are almost inured to it through the daily reports of how people, whether a rogue individual, a cadre of extremists, a gang or a government inflicts death on others.

When I say extoll, I mean that we stand in line to buy the newest and most violent video games.  We enjoy movies in which there is violence – the more gruesome the better.  We spectate at boxing matches which have produced numerous permanent brain injuries and wonder why some of those boxers go home and physically abuse their spouses and children.

Is there an explanation for our increased embrace of violence in our culture?  Some will suggest that we have abandoned our standards of decency – and I think there is much to argue for that viewpoint.  But I think there is something even more insidious – if you can imagine something that is yet worse.

There is an historical corollary between what is happening in America today and what befell the Roman Empire as it went into decline.  As the Empire started on its way to collapse, so did the moral standards that had been its underpinning.  Depravity and orgies replaced philosophy and reason.  And the games in the Coliseum became more and more gruesome.

I agree with her wholeheartedly. Many of you, like me, remember the glory years of Hollywood with a great longing. Nobody ever said a John Wayne movie didn’t have its violent parts, that was part of its appeal, whether it was True Grit, or The Sands of Iwo Jima, or any of the others, so what was the difference? The difference was that the violence was not graphic, nor was it gratuitous, and in the end virtue won, and usually got the girl.

Somebody linked to Jenny McCartney’s review of Dark Knight in the Telegraph (UK) yesterday, and I found it very troubling. As an aside, I quit going to movies years ago, I find nearly all of then distasteful. Here is some of what Ms. McCartney had to say.

If I were 10 years old, would I be badgering my parents to take me to see the new Batman film, The Dark Knight? You bet I would. It’s the latest and biggest release in the superhero genre, which children instantly understand as a direct appeal to their special interests.

It’s also touched with the alluring suggestion of forbidden fruit: the maniacal, deranged face of The Joker, grippingly played by the late Heath Ledger, leers from posters all over town.

If I were the parent who relented and took a 10-year-old child to see The Dark Knight, would I be sorry? Once again, you bet I would. It’s different from other superhero films, as fans are quick to point out. Certainly, there are surprises in its swooping camera angles and darkened, ominous screen.

But the greatest surprise of all – even for me, after eight years spent working as a film critic – has been the sustained level of intensely sadistic brutality throughout the film.

I will attempt to confine my plot spoilers to the opening: the film begins with a heist carried out by men in sinister clown masks. As each clown completes a task, another shoots him point-blank in the head. The scene ends with a clown – The Joker – stuffing a bomb into a wounded bank employee’s mouth.

I recommend you read her entire review.

I see no reason for this schlock to be made, in my opinion this garbage is far more pornographic than anything dealing with sex could be (although that has no redeeming value, either.) But people buy it, or otherwise support it. Why? I have no idea but, it is a mark of our declining society that they do, as are the lyrics to almost all current so-called music.

I do not advocate for laws to be made to prohibit this garbage, this used to be a free country but I do deplore a society that will spend hard-earned money (even if you are using welfare, somebody earned that money so the government could give it to you) on crap like this. This is another mark of the decline of Western Civilization, and we are willingly financing the destruction of our society. We need to change that.

So, how do we change it?

  1. We learn about our personal responsibility
  2. We teach our children the ways (and whys) of polite society.
  3. We quit spending our money on these various forms of pornography, that’s what nearly all of our current entertainment is.

And finally, because I completely agree, and because he writes it extremely well, I’m going to reprint Marks final paragraph.

As for the people of Aurora, Colorado, particularly those who have suffered directly the grievous loss and the trauma of this nightmarish event, you have the sympathies and support of every American of good will.  When I have seen images from the scene, of first responders, health-care workers, and members of the community who have reached out to help their fellows in a time of despair, I am heartened by what are the inestimable good graces of so many fine people rendering all the aid they are able.  On this website, I often focus on the doom and gloom in which so much of our world seems to have become cloaked, but this day, in Aurora Colorado, while I see a grim tragedy, I also see reason for hope, not in some shoddy politician offering slogans, but in the actions and the fraternal love I see among the people there.  When I am asked why I am proud to be an American, it is because such people as these give light and love to our country even in its darkest hours, when it would be easier to simply turn it all off in order to avoid the horror.  I recently explained that I had been searching for America, and in the finest devotion to purpose, and in the greatest tradition of American spirit I’ve seen in a community wracked by terror, I have found her, and she is still thriving. May those souls be at peace, and may America take their survivors into the bosom of her fullest compassion.

And these people are the America I love.

Sources:

  1. The Screams You Didn’t Hear; http://markamerica.com/2012/07/21/the-screams-you-didnt-hear/
  2. On Cloistered Virtue; http://juwannadoright.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/on-cloistered-virtue/
  3. Our attitude to violence is beyond a joke as new Batman film, The Dark Knight, shows; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/2461820/Our-attitude-to-violence-is-beyond-a-joke-as-new-Batman-film-The-Dark-Knight-shows.html
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17 Responses to Aurora, Guns, Idiots, and Moral Decay

  1. JessicaHof says:

    This is right, so right on so many levels. Spot on with the comments about guns – people kill people, and if people are undefended, then more of them can be killed. It is not as though those with murderous intent would go pick flowers if they could not buy guns openly. Those who want guns seem to be able to buy them – even in New York.

    But yes, also, there is something deeply sick about the amount and the graphic nature of the violence which movies seem to need now. I say seems, because I have more or less given them up too. Two of my favourite files, ‘True Grit’ (the proper one) and ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’, have their fair share of violence, but it is in a context where good wins out, not where moral relativism rules. Great post NEO.

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    • Thanks, Jess,

      Watching that stuff, especially for young people just has to affect their development. I can trace nearly every facet of me back to a certain, incident, book, movie or something. This generation is not different.

      I think the computer saying applies to humans as well: “Garbage in: garbage out.” What a tragic waste of human beings.

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      • JessicaHof says:

        It is terrible. It seems to me a kind of sickness. I love the trilogy, ‘Lord of the Rings’, but the movies, which I enjoyed on the whole, were a little spoiled by the graphic nature of some of the war scenes. Yes, I know it is horrible, but I don’t want my nose rubbed in it.

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        • I also love the trilogy of the rings, but haven’t seen the movies. In the old days we were quite capable of getting the point without having our faces rubbed in it.

          My childhood was filled with westerns and war on TV mixed in with the great old American variety shows. But mostly, if the weather was decent, loosely applied, I was outside playing and later doing projects, TV was for a bit in the morning and a few hours (maybe) in the evening. It was grand.

          And there were huge doses of personal responsibility taught too, starting at about 4 years old.

          A different world, more in common with Queen Victoria than today and society is the worse for it.

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Sounds idyllic to me. We didn’t have a TV until I was in my early teens, and a trip to the movies was a great treat, involving a sixty mile round trip. It meant living in the real world a lot and not in my head 🙂

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        • It was. We had 5 Acres in the country, surrounded by farms, so there was plenty of room to roam, and few controls applied. I suspect I saw about 5 movies (in theaters) before I started dating (and that was rare itself).

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Beginning to see one of the reasons we get on so well 🙂

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        • I completely agree with that. 🙂

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        • JessicaHof says:

          🙂 🙂 – that pleases me 🙂

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        • JessicaHof says:

          🙂

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  2. Another excellent post.

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    • Thank you, Dan.

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  3. Good one! It’s interesting I got a blistering email from some one in Toronto who was not only a Far-Left Socialist Nanny Stater loon, he even had his facts wrong. I was tempted to give like in return yet knowing it would fall on deaf ears I replied and refuted his opinion. Man was I tempted!!!

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    • How well I know that feeling, and the frustration of knowing it’s a waste of breath and time.

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  5. Thank you for presenting this thoughtful and well-balanced piece and for including my post in it. I have to say I am torn between the idea that “Strong fences make good neighbors,” and the movie “Friendly Persuasion.” This is something I have debated inside myself for years and have yet to resolve.

    Mark America’s description of the impact of citizens’ being allowed to carry firearms legally and the consequent reduction in crime is something that each of us needs to consider in making an informed judgment on this issue. I deplore gratuitous violence, as I’m sure that every rational person does, and I agree that neither guns nor cars kill people – but deranged people with access to assault weapons may, and drunk and careless drivers certainly do. If we proceed logically that would suggest to those who believe that handguns kill and should be banned, we should also remove all automobiles from our roads.

    This was a very thought-provoking post. I may have more to say about it later. But for the moment, I’m still trying to deal with the tragedy itself and digest the information you presented.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    • That’s the main thing, that we think about it rationally. My views track closely with Mark’s and am certainly capable of understanding what you say.

      I was pleased to have your viewpoint in the piece, it’s far to easy to end up on a rant if I’m not careful.

      I will look forward to your further comment, if you so choose. Thank you, my friend.

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