Bill Moyers on the NRA and guns in America.
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We are a bizarre nation to a point. Rapt with horror and caught up in the cycle of breaking news, we are easily led to the next media-focused attention-getting event, whether natural or man made, quickly ending any discussion and fading the memory of the subject we were on before. The intense coverage of a mass shooting every couple of years or so gives us the illusion this is a rare occurrence and yet it happens all the time (PDF).
Even more bizarre is the pandering by some. Rep Louis Gohmert of Texas claimed the attack at the theater in Aurora was the result of the lower value our country has placed on God. He also wondered why nobody else in the theater was armed and could have stopped the attacker more quickly. In Rep Gohmert's world, taking a gun to the theater is a good thing, possibly Godly.
On the other hand, evangelical spokesman Jerry Newcombe said on the Christian American Family Association radio show that the Aurora shooting was caused by our loss of fear of God and hell. And he makes this bizarre statement:
If a Christian dies early, if a Christian dies young, it seems tragic, but really it is not tragic because they are going to a wonderful place.. on the other hand, if a person doesn’t know Jesus Christ..
Well, it's almost time for the media to focus our attention on something else. "This just in...."
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