Spirit of 2014

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Guns, guns, guns in Georgia

GeorgiaOutOfOurMindGeorgia governor Nathan Deal signed legislation yesterday to allow guns to be carried in government buildings, churches, schools, and bars.

Another mass shooting- this time in Washington, DC

Another mass shooting in the United States.  If I sound weary, it’s because I am.  Although it’s early and details about the shooter are still emerging, the common ingredients are all there: easy access to guns, previous gun-related arrests, the powerful gun lobby, mental illness, and  violent video games.  Here’s a graphic reflecting who commits these mass shootings from Mother Jones:Screen shot 2013-09-17 at 6.37.41 AMI guess they forgot to include a graphic showing the male/female ratio.

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The US Senate rejects gun background checks and the Americans they claim to represent.

Republicans plan to filibuster gun bill

SenMcConnellSenate minority leader Mitch McConnell is joining Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio to prevent a vote on gun background checks.  I guess “We the People” and polls showing 90% of the American public support background checks doesn’t matter with these guys.

 

Violence in movies and video games

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shootings, there’s been plenty of discussion about guns.  Violent video games and the role of Hollywood have also been mentioned as causes, with calls for restricting the amount of sex and violence.  My radar immediately pops up whenever I hear someone going down the censorship path- who would make those decisions and where does it end?  Frankly, I find Victoria Secret ads tasteless for their blatant sexual messages but I wouldn’t call for outlawing them.  This will cause some readers to roll their eyes but I think the lack of diversity is a big reason why this country has a  “culture of violence”.  The majority of the video game developers are young males, the powerful players in Hollywood are men, and we’re still a far way from true representation in Congress.  From my own experiences in the animation industry and the editorial cartooning profession I can tell you the lack of women and minority groups does color what is created and commented on.

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