"So you're blaming the advertising business and not the gun lobby and manufacturers?"
Yes, the blame for not allowing their own advocates to exercise free speech falls squarely on the shoulders of the Guns and Ammo publishers. They are like the GOP, wishing to keep their constituency in the dark at all times about changing times. Anything that would hurt the profit margins of the manufacturers would penultimately hurt the magazine ad revenue, so they fired a pro gun columnist who was trying to present the whole picture. Truly sad and clearly hypocritical to their argument about constitutional rights.
As far as the blame for the violence in general, as much as you would like to lay all that on the gun manufacturers, they are not the culprits. The problem is ineffective government. Not every disaster is preventable, but too frequently the access to firearms by those unqualified is the reason. Crazy people are not necessarily criminals before the fact. We could fix that. We can't fix bad parenting nor outright criminal activity.
Like I said, if you really want to solve this problem, you have to identify the real roots of it and the base cause is the access to firearms, not ownership of or legal use of.
The U.S.A. is a gun culture. Since the days of muskets and six shooters. We fought a revolution to gain independence and fought a bloody civil war over slavery, or the failure of 7 southern states to understand that culture was changing and all men should be treated equal. Its taken another 150 years just to get close to a society that practices what it preaches, and we're not there yet.
Unfortunately, the gun lobby is paranoid that all their rights to ownership will be taken away and vociferously (love that word) fights everything their opponents try to implement that might help. I blame the gun manufacturers and lobbies of being capitalistic asses with no concern for the human condition, but they portray themselves as protecting the constitutional rights of their customers when what they are really doing is preserving their profit margins by controlling the press through economic pressure where they can.
Posted on January 7, 2014 - 02:50 PM