Though details are still emerging on the exact motive from today’s tragedy, the horrific outcome is starkly clear: 27 are dead after an adult gunman went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. At least 18 of the victims were children.
Undoubtedly, questions regarding gun control and the perpetrator’s mental health will emerge as analysts try to deconstruct the “whys” “hows” and “ifs” regarding the shooting. But a common theme seen on social media (especially in this author’s own Facebook and Twitter feeds) seem to ask the following: why is violence and gun culture so deeply ingrained within our society? And why are we so loathe to confront it head-on?
It may be somber viewing, but Michael Moore’s 2002 film Bowling for Columbine is a scathing investigation into America’s obsession with guns. A key moment in the film is when Moore juxtaposes gun laws and gun culture in the U.S. compared to its neighbor to the north.
Another relevant movie titled This Film is Not Yet Rated touches on why Hollywood rates sex and sexual acts as being more offensive than violence or violent acts. You can watch the whole thing on YouTube here (but be warned, it is NSFW.)
Lastly, we present a sobering and pessimistic view of gun culture from PJ O’Rourke at the Australian Broadcasting Company. O’Rourke offers an argument on the obstacles facing the U.S. when it comes to gun control legislation.