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Reading the knee-jerk reactions by politicians (overwhelmingly supporters of that great lecturer and vacationer Barack Obama) to curb violence in our society moves me to comment.
Anyone with sense can see that a major contributing element is the cheapening of life promoted by the violence and mayhem we expose ourselves to daily in films, TV, and video games. Today, blowing up cities and showing mass gruesome murder scenes substitute for intelligent storylines. If we are serious about restoring a sense of decency and respect for life, we must look beyond gun control.
The Colorado Legislature voted to place new restrictions on the purchase of guns: One would require the buyer to pay for his own background check. Let's go a step further and require a poll tax before voting--reasonable since both actions entail executing a right. Further, some politicians would require training before purchase. I agree. But why not require a basic civics test before being allowed to vote?
Interestingly, some politicians want to restrict the number of guns per individual. I can even agree with that, if we also restrict the number of times you can vote (a proud Obama voter boasts she voted several times).
I, like most Americans, am disgusted with the rampant violence in our society. We can't kid ourselves by nibbling around the edges and letting politicians play to contributors and voting blocs.
I believe the place to concentrate is the family unit, which needs revitalization. Those who scoff at "Leave It To Beaver," et al. need only recall (or read about) the relative peace, tranquillity, and safety of those bygone years. Not perfect, but by many measures better.