Friday nights are always a lax night because it seems Friday night is the time for anything can happen or be aired on the T.V, because that’s the night people have free time (most of the time) and so Friday is Friday. On Friday I watched a ‘20/20’ special on guns in America called ‘Young Gunz’ (without the Z though) and like I said on my face book page, I have a lot to say. I admit we do live in a gun obsessive world, everything has to have a gun to sell to the people, Call of Duty is known as the highest selling video game in the market since 1993 with ‘DOOM’, another First Person Shooter (also one of my favorites), we have too many guns on film, T.V and other forms of medium; We are a gun obsessed society.
Before I go on with this topic, my stance on gun laws are in the middle, I see both sides as idiots. Remove all guns, oh yeah, that will stop crimes (sarcasm). People kill, regardless of skin color, race, height, age or lack of materials, Knives kill too as well as machinery, cars and designer drugs and pharmaceuticals. Then you have the stupid redneck, walmart shopping idiots who buy shotguns, assault rifles, sniper rifles; just about every gun in the book that’s enough to start a private army and say “I need my guns to protect my half morbid obese family from a burglar.” Then you may as well be better off with a pistol than a chain gun.
You don’t need a chain gun for duck hunting or whatever the hell barbaric sport these hicks are into. So I see both sides are freaking idiots in this issue, there’s my stance, now I’ll get back to topic.
So this special was hosted by ‘Diane Sawyer’, that woman who looks like a plastic bag and it delves into the world of parents who train their kids with guns so they can ‘Protect themselves from danger’. That there is the stupidest reason to let your kid handle a gun, mainly because these kids look barley old enough to watch a PG-13 film. Do they think a kid with a gun is immune to all danger? But as a pro, these parents are teaching them gun safety and abolishing that desire kids have to hold and fire a gun. Of course 20/20 is owned by a mainstream news company (ABC NEWS) and so they want to scare the audience with what they’re showing. “KIDS USING GUNS, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!! SAVE MICHAEL BOLTON!!!!” The children holding the guns were accompanied by their parents (or guardian), wearing gloves, shooting at paper targets, wearing proper eye wear and are doing this at a desolate area where I doubt a bullet will hit anyone. The time you should be scared is if the parents are extremists, teach kids to make homemade bombs and want this to be an ‘All White World’, then we should be scared, but these are nothing but parents who at least are taking an interest in their kids and teaching them than ignoring them. Ignorance is strength, but then fucks everyone up in the long run; remember that future parents. Of course this is 20/20, that show notorious for ‘Hidden Camera Experiments’ and spun off ‘What Would You Do?‘ (the show that ,at times enjoy and cannot stand) so of course they’re going to do a hidden camera experiment involving guns. The first hidden camera experiment consisted of a gun hidden in a bag in an empty classroom in which the person in charge of the experiment told these kids not to touch the gun in the bag. Of course the gun isn’t loaded (wished it was. I’m sorry, that was uncalled for, no more dead child lines) but the hysterical looks on these parents who supervised their kids with the gun was stupid and downright silly. Of course some of these parents had violence in their life that involved guns, I understand, but half of the parents acted like their kids just raped a person. The gun wasn’t loaded and I know the overall point is ‘What would have happened if it wasn’t loaded?’ but even after the kids find out it’s not loaded, they begin to play with these unloaded guns like toys and continue to try to shock the audience.
I’m a kid of the 90’s, I lived through a decent chunck of that decade (better than being born in the 2000’s) and I played with cap guns with friends, I’m 20 going on 21, I’m not out there going into theaters with guns and killing senselessly. Your argument anti-gun people? There was a mother in the show (forgot her name) who said she has shielded her son from guns and is appalled at seeing her son holding a gun. Oh yes, sheild your kids from an object, that works off well in the long run. While she’s at it, she should hide her son from knives, fire, cars, pharmaceuticals, cigarettes, people, methane gas and triangles because those kill people too. I agree that kids should not touch guns if they find one to avoid accidents, but shielding them like ‘PC Parents’ and annoying censor bars is not the way. This also reminds me of that time pre Columbine when Cartoons showed guns, they never killed people of course but it had the presence of the gun design in cartoons like ‘G.I. JOE (but their guns shot blue or red beams of whatever the hell it was), Looney Toons, Rambo: The Animeted Series (Oh that awesome time in the 80’s when R-Rated films got kids cartoons) and Batman: The Animated Series (Those were real guns that shot bullets.). Overall hiding your kids from stuff like guns or the mere fact that people have sex or male/ female anatomy is stupid and never works out.
Then Diane Sawyer begins to bitch how there’s a company called ‘Cricket’ that specializes in building ‘My First Rifles’ that aren’t really targeted to kids, they don’t advertise in ‘Nickelodeon’ or anything like that but sell to parents who want to teach their kids about gun safety. I did some research on these ’My First’ Rifles and in my research I see that these rifles shoot real bullets and was the same brand of rifle that killed a two year old in a accident in Kentucky. But Diane Sawyer never mentions that in the show (either that or came late into watching the show.), she just complains about how the company never responded her emails for an interview. Each rifle comes with a box, safety wires (to hold the trigger tightly) and an instruction booklet for both kids and adults, so Cricket is at least thinking of the consumer in mind as well as leaving them to use common sense. Of course Diane Sawyer (or the writers in this show) ignore that and decide to plant hidden cameras and two colorful ‘as well as unloaded’ (My First) rifles in a girl’s playground . As you guessed, these girls picked up these colorful rifles (One was pink and the other had this rainbow look to it) and there were more parents outraged at seeing their kids holding pink rifles. This is what I call the ‘Pleeze tink of teh childrn’ syndrome where parents defend their dumb statements by using children as a counter argument. Why can’t nudity be used as art? It can’t because I don’t want my children finding out about boobs and nuts, even thought we all are the same, even if it’s in Michelangelo’s paintings.”
Then there was the issue of how long does it take for someone to unlock a safe and load a gun during a home invasion. Overall the whole exercise took seven seconds, maybe if the guy loaded his gun and switched the safety one, locked it into the safe and maybe worked a little faster (that former cop in the experiment was slower than a Fedex package), he would have shaved five seconds off.
Overall, I see Diane Sawyer’s point in that we live in a gun obsessed society and guns take the lives of innocents everyday, whether it be intentional or accidental. Still, the way 20/20 handled it was stupid and why am I surprised? It’s mainstream hysteria, your local news wants to engulf you in fear till you loose your mind. ABC News can suck it and shove it sideways, enough said, LET’S GET LITE HERE!!!!
This talk of guns and gun safety and the right to bare arms reminded me of my senior government teacher who in the discussion of guns showed us ‘Red Dawn’ (1984) in order to prove to us why we need guns.
Yeah, something tells me he still thinks it’s the early 80’s with his ’Circa 1982 Hewlitt Packard attire and he thinks the Soviet Union would take over America any second.
Reasons why I’ll never do a pod cast, I’m a bad public speaker and I’m one who has a difficult time staying on topic. Also I don’t have the equipment to do any podcasting and a one man show isn’t all that great or easy.
Gaming news, Metal Gear Solid V is short, two hours short and this couldn’t come at a better time because I spent 2 hours playing ‘Portal’ and passed it all today. I’m a ‘Metal Gear’ guy, for heaven’s sake I own a copy of ‘Metal Gear Solid’ for the PSone as well as a digital copy on my PSP, that game mind blew a generation and should be remembered and thankfully that classic was re-released on the PS3. As for the upcoming Metal Gear, I’m ‘hella’ sure there will be extras, Hideo-Kojima is an eccentric one and always packs a bunch of material into a single disc. In the topic of ‘Metal Gear’, anyone ever played ‘Metal Gear Acid 2?’ That game is quite an experience and I’m not sure if that’s ‘in cannon’ with the rest of the other Metal Gear entries or not. First off the graphics have that anime 3-D look to it and it’s a ‘Card based game’ where you use cards to move, to attack or to defend. It’s easy if you know the right cards to pick and use and the music sounds like that of a kickass early PSone game. I truly recommend that game if you own a PSP, it’s an underrated game full of cards, long gameplay and that old fashioned Japanese fan service that makes you say “Yup, Hideo Kojima is an old fashioned pervert, take a drink.”
I have to go now, I write what I think and I‘m out of topics, my planet needs me, my dog ate my homework, someone’s stealing my car (I can’t drive yet), I walked into a door, it’s the go-go 90’s, I’m big boned. Goodnight.
Shout out to the pretty but antisocial people on Tumblr.