Archive for March, 2013

My Cold, Dead Hands….

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2013 by rikki5

Jim Carrey is now the center of a national gun debate after tweeting this video mocking gun advocates. You can read the article here. First of all, I adore Jim. I worked as an extra with him on Man on the Moon in 1998 and he was very friendly, entertaining, and charismatic. He actually got all the extras to sing bohemian rhapsody with him! How many stars actually give a crap about background?! It was a fun day watching him play bongos in between takes and he always was concerned about us (the extras) who were there all day yelling at him to “DO LATKA!” It was a good time. Besides that I have always thought he was hilarious!

After posting his video on Twitter (which I also thought was hilarious—conservatives have no sense of humor) he instigated a gun debate and for whatever reason I can’t get it out of my feed. Maybe I need to un-follow some people? Anyways, I can’t stand it when people say that celebrities should not express their political views. Why shouldn’t they? They are people too and have every right to express their beliefs.

That said, here is my “two-cents” about gun control. I am against big government and believe people should make their own decisions. If they want to buy a room full of arsenal and they do it in the proper way then I believe it is their right to do so as long as they aren’t hurting anyone. Heck, if they want to buy an armored tank I could care less. The problem is when perhaps a depressed teenager or mentally unstable person gets access to these weapons.

Does banning weapons protect children? I don’t think so. People can get anything if they look hard enough. I think that our problem lies more in prevention of these incidents than in blaming guns and gun owners.

We need to look at the psychology of WHY these people are going on shooting sprees. I believe that our society (Hollywood) has glorified gun violence. Should we blame violence on entertainment and video games for gun violence though? No. If that is the case, should we blame guns? No–people shoot guns. Guns do not shoot themselves. I think the real questions is to ask are-why people are shooting? Why are people murdering?

In Europe, where guns are illegal, they have a very low incidence of gun violence. People automatically correlate this to being the reason for the low gun violence rate. While that may be so, I think the real reason is that the lifestyle in Europe is much more relaxed than in the states. In Europe (and Canada), there is more respect for the quality of life. There is more culture, more involvement with family and friends. People enjoy hanging out for 2 hours during lunch and only working 30 hours a week. A month off to take a holiday is no big deal. Less emphasis is placed on material wealth, looks and image, keeping up with the Joneses, and “getting to the top.” Overall, the quality and pace of life is more relaxed and less pressured than life in America. The way people talk to each other, how they interact with each other is also indicative of a culture that places more value on relationships than in America where everyone is so in a rush they barely have time to sit down for a family meal. I think this difference in culture plays a greater role in the levels of murders between the U.S. and Europe.

What would happen if in America we slowed down, were allowed more free time to spend with our families, could take a more leisurely lunch period, etc. I think the instances of these gun crimes would drastically be reduced. People would not feel so isolated, so alone, and so unable to cope with their problems.

In addition, we need parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, pastors, etc. (everyone who has involvement with children) to really become engaged in their state of minds and bring to the attention those children who are experiencing behavioral problems BEFORE they start killing. I have a feeling that if the parents were more concerned and engaged with what their children were doing they wouldn’t get to the point to feel the need to murder people. We need to be aware of our co-workers, our friends, people we have contact with who seem to be upset or “out of it.” Merely asking someone how they are or listening to their problems can really go a long way in preventing a psychological breakdown. We need more centers where people can confidentially talk about their issues without the fear of repercussion.

There is no denying that gun violence is a problem in America today. There is no denying it is a complex issue and opinions on both sides are relevant and impassioned.

America was founded by rebels. It’s in our heart. It’s in our culture. We will not allow the government to have the power to declare martial law for any reason and unable to defend ourselves and our homes.

Love it or leave it applies here I guess. I just hope Mr. Carrey sticks around because I think he is a treasure trove of great talent and appreciate his views even if I don’t fully agree with them.