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Bozell: Tilting the Newtown 'Conversation'

By Brent Bozell

It's too hard to try and make sense of a senseless event. Adam Lanza's merciless slaughter in Connecticut has forced everyone with a microphone to insist we have a "national conversation" about why this happens.

But this urgent need to talk is not an excuse for a reckless discussion. Sadly, that is where we're headed, with pundits hysterical, naive or both.

Predictably most in the media went straight to the Left's Alpha and Omega: blaming excessive "access" to guns. It was also an excuse to open fire on the National Rifle Association. For example, author Joyce Carol Oates spewed on Twitter, "If sizable numbers of NRA members become gun-victims themselves, maybe hope for legislation of firearms?" Actress Marg Helgenberger, semi-famous for playing a cop on "CSI," concurred, "One can only hope, but sadly I don't think anything would change."

One professor at the University of Rhode Island found violence as the answer to violence. Erik Loomis tweeted "I was heartbroken in the first 20 mass murders. Now I want [NRA VP] Wayne LaPierre's head on a stick." After an uproar, Loomis claimed, "I don't want to see Wayne LaPierre dead. I want to see him in prison for the rest of his life" for "NRA terrorism."

Let us agree that every liberal - such as Loomis, Helgenberger, and Oates -- has cause for outrage. So too does every conservative. No one enjoys a monopoly and the jockeying must stop.

By the same token, let's be serious. Lanza did not get violent because of guns. He used guns because he was violent. The proper place for guns in a violent society is something we should discuss.

But if you want to solve the problem, you discuss the culture of violence in a nation enamored of death. Ours is a society imploding under an avalanche of violent video games, music, TV and movies. Surely, a serious "national conversation' should go there.

But so far, ABC and CBS and NBC aren't doing stories about the violent content on their TV shows. Nor are they discussing violent movies on ABC (Disney) and NBC (Universal), or viciously violent dramas on the pay cable channel Showtime (owned by CBS). Fox News isn't talking about Seth MacFarlane's shoot-em-up Sunday night cartoons on Fox, and Rupert Murdoch pushed Obama on Twitter for "bold leadership action" on guns, but hasn't tweeted a word about his own violent Hollywood sleaze.

In short, our news media can't really be trusted to evaluate (SET ITAL) all (END ITAL) the cultural forces that the American people might blame. They refuse to acknowledge the effect of violent content on impressionable young viewers. They're likely to cheer Big Gulp bans and the removal of soda machines from schools on behalf of the children, but they won't tolerate any restriction on children gulping down their company products.

That's not to say that the entertainment conglomerates didn't react to the Newtown shooting. Fox quickly announced it would pull new episodes of its Sunday night cartoons "Family Guy" and "American Dad," as well as a rerun of a "Die Hard" parody episode of "The Cleveland Show" that was scheduled. There were no plot specifics disclosed, but the canceled new shows that were suddenly now too violent for the times were "holiday-themed episodes."

Anyone who follows the sicko MacFarlane cartoons knows that bloody shooting deaths are part of their formula to deliver shocked laughs. That is, when they don't have a "funny" plot twist like a crazed horse stomping through an entire grandstand at the racetrack, killing a class of deaf second graders. Does that episode sound hilarious now, Fox Entertainment?

Other shows were pulled for sensitivity. The SyFy network show "Haven" was pulled because it contained violence in a high school setting. TLC pushed back the premiere of its show "Best Funeral Ever" into January.

Showtime decided to put disclaimers on the season finales of their violent shows -- "Dexter," the heroic serial-killer show, and "Homeland," about terrorism. They announced, "in light of the tragedy that has occurred in Connecticut, the following program contains images that may be disturbing."

Harvey Weinstein's company canceled the Los Angeles premiere for Quentin Tarantino's ultraviolent western "Django Unchained," scheduled for the Monday, after the massacre. Paramount toned down the gunplay in ads for their new Tom Cruise action movie, "Jack Reacher," which opens with a sniper shooting down five people. They also delayed a high-profile Pittsburgh premiere (where the movie was filmed) on Saturday and planned a quiet screening later.

Stop it, Hollywood. After every massacre, you do the same. Some show is edited, another one postponed, all with great fanfare, while the denizens of Tinseltown loudly voice their outrage at all this senseless violence.

And as soon as the massacre is off Page One, they get back to business, polluting the culture and spoon-feeding the next Adam Lanza.

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L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center.

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  1. Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
    December 22, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    NRA terrorism? And the Fort Hood/Hasan case is “workplace violence?” Liberals are truly stupid, no question about it.

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    • Cape ConservativeComment by Cape Conservative
      December 22, 2012 @ 10:21 am

      Ditto, Benghazi coverage! SO quick to release a photo of Obama and Clinton et all watching the supposed takedown of bin Laden, but we are still being held in the dark as to what took place in the administration as they watched IN LIVE TIME according to Charlene Lamb, the murder of our ambassador and other Americans by TERRORISTS!

      It is hard to imagine how the families affected by these horrific acts of TERRORISM feel. So, the murder of their loved one isn’t worth the time to even mention the word ‘terrorism’ much less devote endless 24/7 coverage as to why a member of the military would turn on his own. Of course, knowing full well ‘ground zero’ was a gun-free zone…ON A MILITARY BASE…might have given him an idea he could get away with such a heinous crime.

      I pray for the families of ALL of these victims…whether in AZ (Giffords), CT (school), CO (theater), DC (snipers) and for the many who lose their lives in a violent manner EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND in major cities all across the country including CHICAGO, where the former chief of staff is currently the mayor and where the president NEVER goes to address the community on the violence taking place.

      UNTIL people begin to respect others…and families are once again prepared and willing to become true parents and instill such values, I fear there will be no end to these merciless acts. We must begin at the very source of the problem – the FAMILY.

      Until we hear from the major networks, Fox included, that they will remove shows with violent and/or demeaning content, and also from those magnificent campaign fund bundlers out in Hollywood that they, too, will STOP spoon-feeding violence at the theaters and selling videos to be played over and over again in the home by troubled individuals, then I fear there will never be an end to these random acts of terror.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      December 22, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

      Joyce Carol Oats needs to understand that the reason sizeable numbers of NRA will never become gunned down victims is because they refuse to abrogate responsibility for their own destiny and life decisions and very lives themselves to corrupt politicians who,,,, while they the politicians are hesitating to consider the political ramifications,,,, are slain by the corrupt politically created criminals who do not hesitate to claim their Liberal progressive induced falsely entitled right to your person and YOUR personal property. These are the Secular born and bred sons of Liberal insanity as individuals or collective government, who can no more differentiate between your person and your personal property any more than they can differentiate between the real world of personal responsibility and real consequence,,, and the cartoon world of video mayhem media games that distort the mind in immediate gratification to believe that we are gods unto ourselves and of course only a god can take the life of another. In a world of Liberal induced born and bred irresponsibility and lack of personal accountability, NOTHING PERSONAL remains for the individual in individual rights, certainly nothing called PERSONAL PROPERTY whose ownership defaults to the state by an unarmed citizenry, unarmed in truth and unarmed in weapons to defend that truth, citizen persons who are along with their personal property are now free game, in an open season of tax hunting to cover the failures of their twisted social experimentations of edification of their collectives of evil. They should rather instead, edify the worth of the individual whose collective good protects an America who has no need of guns, in a land where men can govern self and have no need of oppressive collective governments to make their life choices for them.
      Lanza did not get violent because his mother owned guns, but because he was raised in a society where innocent life in the womb is diminished and sacrificed to assuage the cost of personal responsibility and cover the sins of immediate gratification which bore the monster of a twisted individual who diminished innocent life outside the womb and sacrificed it to assuage the madness born by a social ideology that lacks persona restraint, personal responsibility and personal accountability of Liberal born and bred self-God men who account to nobody but their self-god selves. When faced with the truth of what he had done and the specter of accountability, in true born and bred Liberal Progressive Democrat party proclaimed empowerment, took his own life rather than submit to the higher authority of the justice that awaited him. Just one more socialist bred Hitler, trapped in the false Socialist Security bunker of his own Liberal mindset of creation, unable to flee from the hell of his own making whose societal casualties could have been avoided had he followed a Prince of Peace in truth instead of the Prince of Dark desires unrestrained by leaders who used to preach a morality of self-governance, self accountability for a light of productive light, but can now only make excuses and post mortem speeches to continue to confuse an already confused populace, that our problems reside in our guns and not in our Secular Liberal mind-manipulated selves.

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  2. Cape ConservativeComment by Cape Conservative
    December 22, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    And as soon as the massacre is off Page One, they get back to business, polluting the culture and spoon-feeding the next Adam Lanza.

    Never to leave their forked tongues behind!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      December 22, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

      Remember that 65 million students were NOT massacred last year just like 65 million gun owners did not kill anyone. The odds and statistics are that some nutcase will appear in any population to claim his/her 15 minutes of fame. If we arm a million teachers who is to say 2-3 will not flip off the cliff of insanity while on the job. Our problems are not in our stars but in our Liberal mindset of Self-God unnacountability to no higher authority than our own immediate gratification brought on by a liberal mindset that devalues and kills life within the womb, whose survivors mimic the same mindset and mentality and grow up to slay innocent life outside the womb. Our problems reside in our liberalism not our guns. Hundreds of thoussands of WWII vet came home with fully automatic and semi-automatic trohpies and nobody got killed in schools because men who recognized and feared a higher authority than themselves were in our schools to protect the kids. Then the ideology of secular liberal self gods of no personal accountability took over with no ability to govern passions of the immediate gratification, or govern self in a land designed for a people of self governance. Thank your people of the midset of welfare, dependency and lack of personal responsibility for the laws of uninteded consequences that have brought you and dealt you the moral, economic and now actual death of American innocence.

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    • Cape ConservativeComment by Cape Conservative
      December 22, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

      Your comment: Thank your people of the midset of welfare, dependency and lack of personal responsibility for the laws of uninteded consequences that have brought you and dealt you the moral, economic and now actual death of American innocence.

      SO TRUE! Until Americans return to PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY instead of the liberal approach, i.e. Hillary’s ‘it takes a village/government’ comment, I believe we will continue to slide into the deep abyss!

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  3. pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
    December 22, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    I live in the heartland and, interestingly enough, a lot of young suburban moms are rallying around LaPierre. These moms are totally onboard with the idea of having armed officers at every school in the country. In fact, there is a widely circulated petition going around to rally support for that idea. It appears, and the libs may want to listen up here, what soccer moms want isn’t gun control. What we want is someone with our children who is willing and able to blow the head off of anyone who threatens them. We already have armed resource officers in many high schools and junior highs, why not all schools?

    I can think of a lot of people who could be easily trained for these jobs. Retired military, retired police officers are just one example. Many of these people are in their 40′s and 50′s, physically fit and accustomed to protecting others with their own lives. Several of the brave faculty members, who perished in the Sandy Hook massacre, died hurling their unarmed bodies at the shooter in an effort to protect the children. Is that better than having a guard who could have nailed him before he even entered the building? Ask their families.

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      December 22, 2012 @ 10:33 am

      I agree. If you are going to “fix” the problem, do it. And having an armed person in the school will “fix” the problem.

      The problem with gun control is highlighted by the Oregon and Connecticut shootings. First, the shooters stole the guns. They didn’t buy them. This points to the fact that if someone wants to get a gun they can with or without gun control. The second problem is one of timing. In both cases, everyone including the shooters were dead when the cops arrived, to late to be effective.

      But nobody ever said that liberals were logical thinkers.

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    • Cape ConservativeComment by Cape Conservative
      December 22, 2012 @ 10:51 am

      Also…both states already have strong gun laws – which did NOT stop those with evil intent! More government interference is NOT the answer…more PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY is!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      December 22, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

      When they drove the God of ” Thou shalt not kill” from the schools, they opened the door for the God of “Thou shall kill at thy own pleasure” beginning by opening the crack of the diminishment of the value of human life within the womb that most assuredly is now followed by abortion of the innocent outside the womb. In our rush to become Gods unto ourselves we forgot the law of unintended consequences. The innocent children now pay the price of women’s liberation where unrestrained passion becomes more valuable to an emasculated society than the safety and value of our future generations. A high price to pay indeed when the future where childhood is now postponed far beyond the period where humans were intended to grow up and be responsible for themselves and their future generations which the newly minted liberal mindset of entitlement feed off of at will. Our problems reside not in our guns but in our newly embraced ideology of death that turns our backs on the light of truth to enjoy the temporary pleasure of our delusions. When we trusted in God we found little need to trust in our guns to protect the innocence in our schools. I say go to the source and the blessing will return. Deny the source in disobedience at your own peril. We have already seen the seeds of what these secular Liberals have sown. The spiritual battle continues in spite of a small electoral setback.

      “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever…” – Thomas Jefferson

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  4. steven LComment by steven L
    December 22, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    Does Mr. La Pierre suggest that the solution to the Nukes problem (Iran & North-Korea) is more nukes?
    He perhaps never heard of the concept of PREVENTION!
    Most deaths by gun are not from assault weapons.
    But La Pierre proposal would reduce the number of unemployed people!

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      December 22, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

      Ever heard of MAD
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_assured_destruction

      It is not about more guns or nukes

      It is about stop pretending, if we set up a gun free zone, no guns will come

      Am sure the flower children and all their psychedelic drugs left them in La-La land but it is time to wake up from this drug induced delusion and really do some thing to stop it

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    • kajaComment by kaja
      December 22, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

      More Nukes worked with the USSR!

      However, there were some reasonable people in the USSR who realized the consequnces of a Nuke war.

      In these shootings we are dealing with ONE deranged person. How do you appeal to them? The best way is with ONE trained permit to carry.

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  5. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    December 22, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    I would not like to see ‘armed police officers’ in every school. For that would just be an excuse for more ‘stimulus’ funds.

    But concealed carry laws, with appropriate restrictions, should be enacted in every state. In addition, teachers and school staff, on a voluntary basis, should be deputized and receive necessary training. The costs of providing them with needed, appropriate, weapons should be minimal, far less than police staffing. Deputizing them should include relief from personal suits for ‘wrongful death’.

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  6. LAPhilComment by LAPhil
    December 22, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    10 stars for Brent Bozell! This column totally nailed it. The MSM and the Hollywood left’s blaming of the NRA and lack of more gun restrictions every time there is a mass shooting is just so much false outrage and is becoming rather tiresome. Of course there is a problem and it needs a solution, but the same knee-jerk response by these lefties every time this happens solves nothing except to make themselves feel good about having found a conservative group to blame.

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    • pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
      December 22, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

      In my opinion, every politician, actor, broadcaster, tycoon, or whoever has an armed bodyguard protecting his or her own person, or his or her family, has no right to weigh in on increasing gun controls unless they are against it. Until they are willing to disarm their own protectors, they have no right suggesting that others be left unprotected. This would include the president. His children are no more loved and valuable than mine are.

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  7. gnafuComment by gnafu
    December 22, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    So, if the government has somethings to hide, they aren’t going to come right out with the truth of the matters. The stories we read tell us one thing and out of the mouths of those implicted comes different stories. Who is telling what exactly happened in all brutal incidents? We have to train the ear and eye to read and listen between the lines. Such as the young man who supposedly destroyed a number of children at a CT school. As reported, he gunned down little children and took his own life in the end. A certain gun was found by the young man yet another gun was supposed to have killed all the children. That gun was in his car trunk. So, how did he manage to murder the children with a gun that was in his car trunk? A man was seen/caught? running away from the school. Who was this man and was he carrying the gun that actually murdered those little children? This is what I mean. We get conflicting stories and the police have to figure out how many crimes are committed and if they are worth their time and effort. There always seems to be a dog and pony distraction to take our minds away from reality. Will we ever know how those children were murdered? Who pulled the trigger? And, Benghazi is still another crime that should not have ever happened. Obama’s nominated Investigators have determined that no one was to blame. HUH? Fort Hood was declared a “workplace Incident” even though a Muslim held the gun that did all the murdering. HUH? Fast and Furious, the blame put on the shoulders of those with less government power. HUH? Does anyone feel like Gomorrah is winning?

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  8. foxmulderComment by foxmulder
    December 22, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    The Reacher movie should be very good, as the book was excellent. However, I will not go see the Tarantinon movie, as Jamie Foxx is bragging about how much fun it was killing white people in the movie. If a white actor had said that about killing blacks in a movie, he would be out of work for the rest of his life.

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  9. TaquoshiComment by Taquoshi
    December 22, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    Why do we need to have a “national discussion” on this? Adam Lanza murdered 27 people. 20 of them happened to be first graders. He chose to use a gun to do it. He chose to perform 99% of his killing spree in a gun free zone in one of the states with strict gun laws. He’s dead, along with those he chose to shoot. The NRA had nothing to do with it. More laws are not going to stop violence with guns because the problem is not the guns, it’s the violence. How much more is there to discuss?

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