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Editorial: Gun control — or mind control — then and now




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Our society is hypersensitive about anything remotely related to guns and violence. It used to not be this way.

Fifty years ago on Nov. 22, 1963, an American president was assassinated, but the debate rages on about who or what is to blame. Was it the gun that killed President John F. Kennedy?

I don’t think so. Not too many guns hide in a building and fire extemporaneously on passersby. But many people do blame the gun.

America was forced to grow up. Perhaps for the first time, Americans felt vulnerable. Their sense of security was shattered, replaced by distrust and uncertainty. America was divided.

Books have been written and movies made, but the country is uncertain, perhaps because it’s difficult to accept that one single person, acting alone, could have changed history in the way it was changed.

Despite the official conclusions of the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978, doubts remain about the government reports.

We are a country still divided about many things, and one of them is guns. Today, it’s not politically correct for a child to have any kind of toy gun. This hysteria about guns is not logical.

It was nothing unusual for kids “back in the day” to have their hunting rifles in the cab of their pickup truck in the school parking lot. Most boys carried pocketknives, too, but they didn’t bring weapons to school with the intention of shooting people. Weapons were for hunting.

Even as late as the 1970s, at least in rural Texas, there were no metal detectors, campus police, or drug dogs. Indeed, times have changed, and it’s not for the good.

Our heroes were Roy Rogers and the Lone Ranger. Our games were imaginary, and we knew it, even though the cap guns of the ’50s and ’60s were realistic. I still remember the choking smell of the gunpowder when my six brothers, two sisters, and I got into a real cap pistol “fight”!

All kids had toy guns then, but as guns faded in popularity, Barbie dolls took over.

It was OK to market these tiny sex symbols to children, creating false expectations of what they want to look like -- just puh-lease, no pink bubble guns!

What’s more abusive to a child? Teaching a kid to hunt and to properly use a gun or dressing them up like little hookers? What’s more harmful? Imaginary bang-bang games that kids used to play? Or watching the violence and filth on television today? Many video games are so realistic that it’s often difficult for kids to distinguish fantasy from reality.

We allow no violence or “hate speech,” except for the most violent video games and the vilest movies imaginable. Teachers are even confused as they expel a kid for pointing his finger and going “Bang!”

How many lives are destroyed, if not physically at least figuratively, by gang involvement or early pregnancies? To compound that situation, government schools and professional organizations push birth-control pills on students, and if that doesn’t work, they advocate for abortions.

Tell me that doesn’t mess with a kid’s psyche. That’s child abuse much more than teaching a kid to hunt and to properly use a gun.

You can’t point a finger with a pretend gun, but there’s no limit to the amount of violence you can watch on television. There is a disconnect.

Times have changed. Well, actually, people, moral standards, and schools have changed.

It’s not the availability of guns that is the problem. It is people’s mindset that has changed.
 

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