Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Massacre in Newtown just the latest result of the culture of “violence for pleasure.”

Written By: Bob - Dec• 14•12

As I write this with a churning stomach, my wife is on the way to pick up our youngest child from preschool, and the body count at an elementary school in Newtown, CT, is rising rapidly. The latest I’m hearing is that there are at least 27 killed, and 18 children, presumably kindergarteners, are among them.

I’m numb with shock.

Even in our callous culture, there used to be a red line on attacking children. I can’t come close to grasping the kind of person who is so warped that they can murder children in cold blood.

The murders were apparently committed with one or more handguns, and I’m already witnessing people attempting to scapegoat the National Rifle Association and gun owners.



It’s sad and simplistic to blame the NRA—an organization dedicated to gun safety—for the acts of an individual that act 100% counter to their teaching, just as is it is pathetic to blame 100 million gun owners who have never and will never commit a crime.

They are being scapegoated by those who refuse to face that we have a culture problem.

We have Hollywood pushing movies down our throat each and every day where violence is not just accepted, but glorified. How many thousands of people are “murdered” in movies and on television each year? When was the last action film where dozens of people didn’t die?

Our popular music is soaked to the brim with misogyny and glorified violence, especially rap and metal. Should it really be any surprise at all that the shooters are in the demographics that listen to this music?

What are the most popular video games? First Person Shooters (FPS) like Halo, Call of Duty, etc.

We foist our kids off on popular media, filled with violence at every corner and every angle, while falsely telling them how precious each and every little thing they do is, and give them a participation trophy just for showing up. The end result? A fragile human being that cannot deal with even the slightest failure without imploding, who reverts to their popular culture indoctrination and declares the mass murder that has been programmed into them by the movie, music, game and television industries since birth.

It isn’t shocking that we have massacres like Newton or Clackamas or Columbine or Virginia Tech.

In a world where we’ve programmed our children to react violently to failure, it is a testament to the basic decency of the human spirit that we don’t see carnage like this every day.

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  1. styrgwillidar says:

    Uh… you also failed to mention abortion. Our kids grow up knowing that Mom could have just killed them in the womb. If they’re smart enough to look up the statistics from the CDC, in the year a 16 year old was born there was one abortion for every 3 live births. Now try to convince them that life isn’t cheap.

    Then mom and dad often split and highlight to the kids that they aren’t important. Family isn’t important. Anything can be ripped apart or destroyed in one’s pursuit of what they percieve as their own happiness.

  2. david7134 says:

    It is against the law to murder someone, it is against the law to have a gun on school grounds. So much for the law. The liberals will use this to advocate for anti-gun legislation, but that would have no benefit as a guy in China just did the same thing with a knife.

    We did not have this excess of violence in the 60’s before the Democrats changed the laws and management of the mentally ill.

    And stygwillidar, we really need to continue to worry about abortion when that is likely one of the reasons that Obama got more votes than the Republicans. People are turned off by a party that want to legislate your personal life just as they don’t like the communist. But keep up the efforts and we will definitely continue to lose our freedoms.

  3. Jeff Hoser says:

    Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” raised a lot of hackles and spent tons of newsprint and ink in headlines decrying its violence “back when”. Viewed against today’s cinematic landscape it seems pretty tame. Two decades’ back when my kids were young a lot of their “shooter up” interactive computer games were startling for the graphic depictions of violence. I can only suppose the games have grown more sophisticate in drawing participants into the game arena than back then.

    Violence – in the news, in “entertainment”, and in the “interactive world” of computer gaming seems pandemic. Add to this background the polemics of media and politicians exhorting violence as a legitimate means of expression and why should we be surprised ? >JH

  4. Junk Science Skeptic says:

    There are plenty of places to kill a spouse, mother, ex, et al, that won’t land you on the national news. Happens every day in cities across the country, doesn’t make the national (tv) news. Suicide by cop happens all too regularly without making the national news. SWAT teams even show up for hoax suicides and it doesn’t make the national news.

    If the shooter’s goals, rational or otherwise, are limited to killing their perceived enemy and/or themselves, they can and do accomplish this on a regular basis without it turning into a mass shooting incident, and it will virtually never get beyond a local news item.

    The only reason, rational or otherwise, to make one’s exit as part of a mass shooting is the certainty that it will get wall-to-wall national news coverage.

    Stop giving these incidents anything more than local coverage and perhaps a 10-second national news mention two days after the fact, and the number and frequency of mass shooting attacks will drop like a rock.

    Remember people streaking across football fields in the 70s? How did the NFL stop that cold? They banned the networks from broadcasting the streaking incidents, went from a regular occurrence to a distant memory in less than a single season. If the jocks in the NFL can figure this out, why cant the “elite” presstitute media?

    Tell me where I’m wrong here?

    • Joel C says:

      The media understands that quite thoroughly. They know what they are doing and why they are doing it. That is the only rational answer I can see to your question.

      • Junk Science Skeptic says:

        So the media are fueling these incidents on purpose to further their gun-control narrative?

        That’s what I thought.

        What’s the life of a few dozen people here and there when there’s an agenda to be served?

  5. rumcrook says:

    We have a massive problem with mental illness. We have few asylums and we don’t institutionalize even one fifth of the amount of mentally ill we did in the fifties and our population as a whole is many times greater than it was 40 plus years ago,

    Guess who’s policies are responsible for that?

    This evil turd had mental problems which were already diagnosed.

  6. rumcrook says:

    For the record, Germany has massive restrictive gun control, they had a school shooting.

    France has strict gun control, and that scumbag Muslim jihaadi went on a murder spree that included children.

    Brevic in Norway murdered 80+ children and young adults, in a country which also has massive gun control.

    Aparently today in China a nut stabbed over 15 children with a knife in a grade school.

    And a number of years ago an evil crapweasil murdered over 70 people with a gallon of gas in a nightclub here in the states.

    The comon denomanator an evil man.

  7. Bill says:

    In all the liberals’ outcry for more anti-gun legislation following this tragedy, they overlook one detail. Lanza did not legally obtain the weapons he used — he STOLE them!

    Lanza broke the law when he stole the guns. He broke the law when he took them into a “gun-free zone.” He broke the law when he committed murder. What law would have prevented this tragedy?

  8. Neo says:

    All yesterday there was the constant drum that this lawlessness required more laws from our government.

    Oh yeah. We really need yet another law, but for what ?

    Gun control ? Seems the mother bought the guns, besides when you have an ATF and DOJ that illegally allows guns to flow to Mexico to kill reportedly hundreds, who needs gun laws ?

    We now have such a myriad of laws that it inspired a book, “Three Felonies a Day”. The author claims that the average American commits, on average, 3 felonies a day. Unknowingly and unwittingly.

    But when our POTUS decides to ignore laws, like our immigration laws, why can’t everybody else just ignore a few .. and maybe go shoot up a school or church. Seems “fair” to me.

  9. Lazarus Long says:

    Is there anywhere that the real facts in this case and a timeline can be found? There has been so much erroneous reporting on this. It is astounding. It is to be expected but astounding nonetheless.

  10. ncgrayghost says:

    Several commentors have hit on the real issue that few seem to want to address. Here in North Carolina we have a current situation where continued state support for group homes for developmentally disabled is set to expire due to an “oversite” by the legislature. We have institutions that have been closed that were designed to house and treat those with mental illness. Individuals are being “mainstreamed” without the supervision and care that they need and yet we are surprised when something like this occurs. It is time that we must seriously discuss the care and treatment of those with mental illness. maybe it is time to reconsider the idea of institionalizing those who with illnesses for cannot be treated or who are not stable enough to take the medication necessary to control the illness.

  11. Neo says:

    The massacre in CT can be laid at the feet of the our government

    Last night it also emerged Nancy was a member of the Doomsday Preppers movement, which believes people should prepare for end of the world.

    Her former sister-in-law Marsha said she had turned her home ‘into a fortress’. She added: ‘Nancy had a survivalist philosophy which is why she was stockpiling guns. She had them for defense.

    ‘She was stockpiling food. She grew up on a farm in New Hampshire. She was skilled with guns. We talked about preppers and preparing for the economy collapsing.’

    … Trillion dollar deficits lead to the massacre .. but who is responsible for that ?

  12. Jim says:

    I don’t tweet, but I wish someone would tweet back to those blaming the NRA that the common denominator for all these mass shootings is a “gun free” zone. It is the policies of the gun controllers that make these events possible.

  13. styrgwillidar says:

    And lost in all this is that while we mourn the incredibly tragic incident where 10s of people lost their lives, the founding father’s vision was to ensure our country didn’t endure the deaths of millions. The slaughter of citizens by their own government, in just the last century in places like-

    Russia/Soviet Union

    etc. etc. etc.

    Our founding fathers didn’t believe that our politicians would be any more virtuous or superior to politicians anywhere else. They believed that things like that can happen under any government instituted by man.

  14. david7134 says:

    My wife and I were discussing this, she has a much better memory than me. She was able to identify the person that caused this incident. He is none other than Geraldo Rivera. Good old Geraldo made a name for himself in the 70’s by using the media to shut down mental health hospitals. Since then, we have had a marked increase in violence due to nuts running around hurting others. There is no place for them to go with the elimination of the old institutions. Just like the current economic depression can be traced to Barney Frank and the loss of Vietnam to Walter Chronkite, I feel that Geraldo is the central figure in the violence we see secondary to the mentally lacking is adequate care and supervision.

  15. rumcrook says:

    gun statistics:

    Guns are used 2.5 million times annually or 6,860 times a day. This
    means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to
    protect the lives of honest citizens than they are to take lives.

    Less than 8 percent of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.

    200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse

    Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year.

    Only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person
    mistakenly identified as a criminal. The ‘error rate’ for the police,
    however, was 11 percent, more than five times as high.

    63% of self defense shootings were by African Americans.
    FBI 2009
    we need to vocally demand the national dialogue be about institutionalizing the crazies again, and getting rid of so called gun free zones
    not to be about failed gun control

  16. Dr Zellaby says:

    It could be argued that its neither guns, nor gun culture that were the seeds of this crime. Here you have a highly intelligent young man who was essentially a social outcast because he wasn’t a ‘jock’. He was punished and ostricised by his peer group, and by a wider culture in US society, where lack of sporting prowess or physical strength is seen as a weakness and conversely intelligence, academic prowess and education are not valued, respected or nurtured.

    Change the gun laws if you want, but they weren’t his guns. What you really need to consider changing is the right-wing conservative idea of ‘every man for himself’. You need to engender a more empathetic and compassionate society, especially in the educational system as people’s experiences there are clearly some of the strongest, most potent and most important of people’s lives.

    The same was true of the Columbine killers and arguably the Virginia Tech murderer.

    There’s a very clear theme here but everyone’s focused on the guns. Yet they can’t see the wood for the trees.

    • Bob says:

      Lanza wasn’t an outcast because he wasn’t a jock. Lanza was an outcast because he was a self-isolating person with obvious and dangerous mental defects that terrified even his own family.

      You can’t get even the basic details of the story correct, but man, is your projection shining through. I’m sorry you were bullied as a kid. A lot of us were. We dealt with it as we grew up. Maybe it’s time you found a couch and a shrink and had a talk about your feelings before you hurt someone.