The Other Gun Culture That No One Dares to Mention

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“This second culture is defined by the plots and themes constantly found in Hollywood films and video games.”

The gun debate has ignited once again as it does with each new killing spree. Every time, we hear the same message. The public is invited to clamor for measures to control guns to stop the violence. We are told to pressure our politicians to have the courage to face the powerful gun lobby. We are urged to reject our violent “gun culture.”

To be honest, there really isn’t much I can do personally to reject this culture. My exposure is actually minimal — and I suspect it is the same with tens of millions of other Americans, gun owners and non-owners alike. Most are like me who very rarely handle a weapon. People I know who do handle arms often are usually quite discreet about it. They seem to understand the seriousness of carrying any gun — and are familiar with those very rare occasions when a gun might be needed for self-defense. To these owners, guns represent restraint. I have no problem with this gun culture since its adherents act responsibly, rationally and calmly.

It is telling that, despite the extreme ease with which a person can become a member of a major gun rights organization (just pay dues), no mass killers appear to have been members. In a similar way, no mass killershave been found to be fervent Christians, family men or owners of significant property.

There is a second gun culture that no one dares mention. And this gun culture, I vehemently oppose. Unlike the first culture, I am and can be constantly exposed to it. It is in my face and found all over the media. The use of weapons in this culture is irresponsible, deadly — and incredibly supported by liberals. And yet, no one protests.

This second culture is defined by the plots and themes constantly found in Hollywood films and video games. It seems that every action film is full of guns, misuse of weapons and gratuitous violence. In fact, I am exposed to more guns in one of these films than a full year of exposure in the first culture.

You see this culture in the chase scenes where characters shoot at each other without any regard for what is around them. These are trigger-happy cowboys (and cowgirls) ever ready to shoot anything that moves. The weapons they sport are semi-automatic pistols, automatic weapons and yet more sophisticated arms that deaden the public sensibility to violence. No one complains about these characters that cling to their guns and wreak havoc on society. Daily we are flooded with images of these irresponsible characters that pull out a firearm at a moment’s notice. We are witnesses to dramatic deaths that bear little resemblance to real death. Film stars engage in the frenetic intemperance of a surreal world that acts upon impulse and brutal actions. They make killing look so easy and gratifying.

I don’t understand why people have no problem with this unreal world that glamorizes the gun and glories in scenes of massive violence. I am especially appalled by bloody video games that make today’s mass murder sprees look like cakewalks. There seems to be no problem with these bloody acts that would be illegal and criminal in the real world.

Such scenes from action films and video games represent not a single episode of a mass murder. Rather, it is as if the same mass murder is committed millions of times inside theaters, homes and mobile devices. Inside the minds of countless youth, they send a message that guns are the means to impose one’s will upon another. Guns represent power. To lonely young men from fatherless families frustrated by their failure to be part of society, the gun is the ultimate platform and avenger.

The same liberals who decry the first culture have little problem accepting the second. Subscription14-233x300 The Other Gun Culture That No One Dares to MentionIronically, liberal actors and actresses who support gun control will play ruthless characters that gun down their opponents. The same liberals that call for drastic gun control measures action fill the theaters showing these action thrillers. They will idolize the film stars who wield their weapons so irresponsibly.

Is it any wonder that we have those who act out their fantasies based on the unreal world on the screen? Isn’t it time we, liberals and conservatives alike, publicly denounce this other gun culture that sends such a deadly message?

I am not saying that Hollywood and video games are the only causes of the mass murder phenomenon. However, I believe this second gun cultures play a major role. That which none dares mention, should be mentioned.

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  • Edward Kinkead

    I just watch Goldfinger which was the greatest James Bond movie ever. In the movie when he is flying into America, James Bond warns the pilot not to go trigger happy because he and her would have gone sucked into space. In the old 007 movies, Bond was not trigger happy because 007 used his water PPK in self defense and his water PPK saved a lot of lives including his own life.

  • Edward Kinkead

    In John Wayne’s last movie the Shootist, John Wayne teaches the young Ron Howard how to properly handle a gun by giving him a shooting lesson, and again this movie was not a trigger happy movie like many movies are today.

  • Paul Tran

    Hollywood is a hive of double-standards and liberal hypocrisy. I can honestly say I have not watched a Hollywood movie in years and I do not miss it at all. But let’s cut to the chase we, in the US, are living in a culture that denies God and His morals and that’s the crux of the problem.
    Look at the Swiss, they have as many guns per capita as those in the US yet they have the lowest gun-crime rate in the Western world. It’s all about culture, education & upbringing.

  • Mike Costello

    I’m glad that violent video games and beyond my ability to pursue: I’m just not coordinated enough to handle a joystick. I belong to NRA and I am licensed to carry concealed. I consider myself a responsible gun carrier. That is the only relationship I have with the NRA, one of whose major goals is to promote the availability of military style weapons. We don’t need these on our streets nor do hunters need this type of hardware to take a deer or elk. If they need a magazine with 30+ bullets to kill one deer, they have no right to be in our woods. John Horvat really hit the target about the films and video games. To me, a classic example could be any Schwartzenegger movie, especially Last Action Hero.

    • elcer

      I think the NRA has our government in mind when it insists that Americans be able to own military weapons. The citizenry would never be able to defeat our military if it came to a need for revolution. The use of military style weapons is the only way they would have some chance.

  • Fernanda

    This article raises a good point. I think that many people who are anti-gun are on some level against this second culture, but have not separated it from the *real* gun culture (the one where responsible people go through the legal channels to get their guns and concealed carry permits and then shoot watermelons in front of their kids to show them the extent of damage a gun will do but otherwise hardly ever wield their guns outside of the shooting range). I definitely agree that this second gun culture needs to be talked about and quite possibly restrained. I do not personally watch violent films or allow my children to do so. They don’t get to play violent video games either. I’ve often thought that video games such as grand theft auto shouldn’t even be legal, because it makes no sense for video game goals to be completing activities which would be prosecuted in real life. With that said, the law may not be the best answer, but instead to have a critical mass of people choose to not patronize those games and movies any longer.

    I do have to take issue with the previous commenter singling out Last Action Hero as a bad violent movie. That movie is actually a spoof on the whole movie culture and how excessive it all is. Last Action Hero pokes fun at it by exaggerating it even further, to the point of being ridiculous. And then it shows just how unrealistic movies are when the movie character gets transported to real life and learns that things like punching through a car window actually hurts, and that most gunshot wounds are not just flesh wounds but fatal. Although I’ve never been a fan of Swarzenegger shoot ’em up movies, I have to admit to having really enjoyed Last Action Hero. A similar movie that I thought made great fun of the TV reporting culture was Hero. Maybe our world would be a better place if there were not a violent movie culture to spoof, but honestly I think picking on Last Action Hero is a little bit more like trying to shoot the messenger. Last Action Hero would have never made it as a movie were it not for the other violent movies it was spoofing.

  • Patricia Snyder

    Contemporary society exhibits a CONSUMER CULTURE where the product is king and witless buyers are urged/shoved into the buying arena in practically every aspect of public life. Movie products with violence are high revenue items, therefore the market is flooded with them. Do they have a place, are they substitutes for real emotions in that people can vicariously participate in the deftness of the hero or the villain? It is only the young and/or weak of mind that see violent film as instructional/how-to exhibits.
    Relentless consumerism and escapism, seem to dictate the lives of so many today. Yet, both consumerism and relaxation have a place in modern culture. Both can be tailored to the furtherance of social living rather than society’s decay and the furtherance of decadence, if we, as a culture, choose to do so. In the very least, I feel we should start a public dialogue of the meaning of visual arts–movies, television, paintings, and all media–in relation to human life and our Creator, who obviously included this medium in our cultural evolution.
    As a means of contacting an unprecedented number of people, all forms of media have a responsibility to the continuance of civilization, which no one discusses. No responsibilities are identified, Yet the responsibilities are very present and exceedingly violated and/or ignored.
    Ensuing generations must be taught how to live enjoyably, if civilization is to continue. Enjoyable living is neither automatic, nor a function of efficient appliances. Today’s media is seriously remiss in this vital aspect of our culture. Instead, we promote insatiable consumerism in a dog-eat-dog environment, which too often prevails even in sacred places.


    Video games are even worse.

  • Bill Domenico

    For teens growing up in the 50’s, our heroes all had horses and guns-Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, Lone Ranger, et al. We also had guns – cap guns that made cool popping sounds. Cowboy movies, although depicting violent behavior, did not have an adverse effect on youth, I think, because there was always a moral to the story—crime does not pay. The good guy always won and the use of his weapon was only in reaction to evil forces. Lethal weapons should only be used defensively, when all else fails, in order to abort or curtail violence, and only to wound or incapacitate, never to kill.

    • Fernanda

      I mostly agree with what you say. However, using a gun to wound or incapacitate, never to kill, is a lot harder than it sounds. For one, a wounded threat may not stop being threatening just because he’s hurt. For another, it’s hard to aim accurately at anything other than the middle of the chest, especially if the target is moving. One article I read explained it well, by saying that the purpose of shooting a gun isn’t so much to kill as it is to neutralize a threat. The best way to neutralize a threat is to aim for the middle, which often results in death. If you have to pull out your gun to defend yourself or others, the situation has already gotten dangerous, and at that point the priority is to neutralize the danger.

      This article explains all that and more. See especially point number 11, but the whole thing is a worthwhile read. I learned a lot from it.

  • Andre De Souza Lopes

    Yesterday,it happened that an assassin in Suecia, had murdered people with a sword…Because it’s wrong too, to afirm that only fire guns can kill people…and that guy just subscribe bellow…Who wants to kill, do it with anything.

    • Rosech Levy

      Hammers and screw drivers are also used a lot, likewise baseball bats, stones, knives, etc. What we need to do is change our culture which lately expresses what this administration has pushed: racism, baiting police, more crimes with guns (usually illegally obtained), etc. We need to get back to God and think about the hereafter. We were poor and had rifles to shoot food animals and hooks with bait for fishing. Never did it occur to us to shoot a human being with them because we were taught to be honest, and not evil. Parents were parents then, not just progenitors who think, like Hillary, the village should raise them. No way, Jose.

  • Matheus

    America is the stone in the shoe of the globalists! Once they put on her knees will be the end of the beacon of the world.

  • Rosech Levy

    Too much murdering in films, videos, books, TV, etc. However, we have the right to own weapons to protect ourselves and our country. I have noted lately how many women are saying they are now going to purchase a gun where before, like me, they never thought they would need protection. Sad to say we have a lot to redo in our nation top down!

  • disqus_jjTXuPAcoC

    Soldiers returning from conflict always bring their weapons with them. The 03 Springfield, the Garage M-1, the AR-15 are all firearms that saw combat first. Only difference now is all these freaks that play BlackOps games and think they can be a warrior. Mummy and Dada neglect to teach them responsibility on ANY level and blame the guns for their little miscreants troubles. #nogunsforliberals

  • I have a hard time with this, on multiple angles, not least of which is that popular entertainment has been showing sex and murder for thousands of years. Indeed I would counterague that if your fiction doesn’t have gory violence, people will go for the real thing, with animal fighting, pit fighting, arenas like the old Roman colloseums, etc. That stuff still goes on even now around the world, including hidden subscultures in America. The video games let people get that silliness out of their systems without any of it being REAL.

    Thus the ONLY people I can see going off on these shooting sprees are already deranged.

    Yes, we do have fantasies about one man with a weapon taking out whole armies of people. You’ll find that going back in history and mythology as well, in multiple cultures.

  • Bill the Cat

    Wow. Absolute ignorance.