Unc thinks we need to stop hammering on violent video games and movies.
I've got to disagree here. I think we need to keep the heat on both Hollywood and the video game manufacturers for one simple reason. Think Jim Carrey and his bon mots regarding gun owners. Think of that "Demand a plan" video. Add in all the sanctimonious bulls**t coming out of Hollywood regarding guns and gun owners. They are actively seeking to throw peaceful gun owners under the bus in the wake of horrific tragedies involving the mentally ill.
It's time they felt the heat, too.
You see, if the government can squash the Second Amendment, they can sure as hell squash the First. Let the elites feel the breath of the wolf on their heels - they're more than happy to sell out us gunhumpin' rednecks, let them start to fear those government intrusions. You can't make films uncomplimentary to certain religious groups - no, that's banned now. Violent video games? Banned. Movies which depict alcohol/drug/cigarette use? Banned. Let them come to realize that handing the government a blank ban check in the form of abrogation of rights is a bad idea no matter which right is in their sights.
I bear no ill will towards the video game designers (the link in Unc's post). I'm sure that there are many who would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with me in solidarity for gun rights, just as there are actors and actresses in Hollywood who support the Second Amendment. But it's time we started involving the entertainment industry as a whole - because we recognize the danger while they do not. They are gleefully selling us out hoping that the bear will eat them last - it is incumbent on us to remind them that the bear will, indeed, consume them at some point.
Every time they work as the useful idiot making some anti-gun PSA, or billboard, or sound bite, they're bringing the wolf a step closer to the door. Millions of people - for right or wrong - have their opinions shaped by the various and sundry talking heads and vacuous ninnies in LA and NY. We ignore that at our peril. While, as my friend Tamara reminds us, some states are expanding gun rights, others are restricting it further - and as CO shows us, states that were formerly strong on gun rights can flip in one election cycle. Public opinion as shaped and crafted by the Hollywood elites is most certainly a part of that.
We need to get them to recognize that they sacrifice their Second Amendment supporting citizens at their own peril. Once the Second Amendment has been nullified - as in (formerly) Great Britain - there will be nothing to stop the government from whittling away at the First. Getting Hollywood on our side now, while there's still a fighting chance, would help us stem the loss of formerly pro-gun states and perhaps even bring some of the anti-gun states back from the abyss. We need to make the entertainment industry realize that they need us just as much as we need them - perhaps even more.
Because that bear is ever hungry, and he won't stop at a simple 2A snack.
That is all.