Cut off the right half and this is a good cartoon. As it is, it’s crap. Other countries consume the same movies and TV shows and video games as America does, and they don’t have anywhere near the shooting-related deaths and injuries we do. Media representations of crime and violence do not cause crime and violence.
I personally think media has something to do with it. My parents told me that back when my grandparents were kids, they could keep guns in their trucks, go to school and have it in the vehicles, then go hunting after school. People didn’t think a thing of it. Guns have always been around and available and bad things have always happened, but back then shit like this didn’t happen like it does now.
The moral fabrication of society has been turned to shit, that’s what happened. Maybe the media didn’t have a thing to do with it, because like OP says, media is similar around the world. But something happened, my parents were around back in those days and though they may be close-minded sometimes, they can be critical thinkers and I trust them when they say shit like this didn’t happen back when gun laws weren’t so strict.
Society has improved in ways, but it’s also gone to shit in others. That’s all there is to it. I’m sorry if I offend anyone, that’s not my intention and anyone is free to address me on this without me complaining, but I stand by what I say.
What kind of guns did your grandparents carry around? Simple rifles that only fired one shot at a time? Certainly different from the high-capacity, multiple-rounds-per-second assault weapons favored by mass shooters today. The changes in gun technology over the decades have necessitated a re-examination of how our society views and handles guns, which has not happened.
As for the media, this cartoon (and countless gun apologists who pop up after every mass shooting) takes the view that fictional acts of violence encourage people to commit acts of violence. A fallacious idea, as I already said. HOWEVER, there is another unexamined trend in our society: fear-mongering on the part of pundits and ‘journalists.’
Unlike the “Fictional violence leads to real violence” idea, this one is not as obvious a conclusion, thus it doesn’t get as much attention. But it’s more logical, and has actual, direct evidence to back it up. People like Glenn Beck or Alex Jones propagate conspiracy theories about FEMA building concentration camps, George Soros funding communist revolutions, and the United Nations preparing to install a one-world government. And their viewers/listeners swallow this horseshit uncritically. Most of them are harmless in their delusions, at most pouring money into gold, survival seeds and personal bunkers to ride out the apocalypse. Not all of them are harmless. People have been motivated to go after liberal nonprofits, and the Newtown shooter’s mother was a survivalist convinced the end was around the corner.
And the NRA is not innocent of this, either.
As long as the most reactionary elements of society are given an open, uncontested forum in our national discourse, we’ll continue to see the mentally ill being given innocent targets to focus their rage and confusion on, and we’ll continue to see incidents like this one.
And “they say shit like this didn’t happen back when gun laws weren’t so strict?” In what way are gun laws strict now? The shooter used a piece of military-grade hardware to carry out the massacre. That is not strict. That is the opposite of strict.