Yesterday as I was scrolling through my Facebook page I came across a picture of Stephen King followed by a quote he recently made regarding gun control and the NRA:
“One only wishes Wayne LaPierre and his NRA board of directors could be drafted to some of these [violent] scenes, where they would be required to put on booties and rubber gloves and help clean up the blood, the brains, and the chunks of intestine still containing the poor wads of half-digested food that were some innocent bystander’s last meal.”
I was immediately struck by this statement because the shelves of our home library our lined with Stephen King’s books thanks to my husband being a lifelong fan of his work. Although, my husband and I both know his views have always been liberal, this statement in particular really irked me and made me immediately want to purge our shelves of all Stephen King’s gore laden books. I was also struck by this statement because of how hypocritical it was. How dare he have the audacity to blame these massacres on the NRA or guns in general when a book written by him in the late 1970’s called Rage has been directly linked to four—yes, four–school shootings or attempted school shootings. Why wasn’t he asked to clean up the “blood, brains, and the chucks of intestines” from the deaths that were linked to his book?
Semi-automatic guns have been around for over a hundred years but it has only been in recent decades that the incidents of mass-murder killings have risen dramatically. Is it because guns are available or rather because our godless culture glorifies violence as little more than entertainment? Our teens and young adults have become so desensitized to violence in such a way that many of them, especially if they struggle with any type of mental illness, can no longer tell the difference between fantasy and reality and find it easier to carry out heinous acts of violence.
If any one group of people should be held responsible for the rise in mass murder shootings, it is the entertainment industry—a group of people so deceived by their own vanity that they, too, can no longer tell the difference between fantasy and reality. They believe that their body of work has little or nothing to do with the way our culture has glorified violence but they in turn blame the rise in violence on the weapon and not the perpetrator or what influenced the perpetrator.
Guns are objects. They can be dangerous objects perhaps, but they are still objects. A gun on its own cannot go out and shoot and kill people – only people can kill people with a gun. In comparing a gun to a car, both can be dangerous objects in the hands of the wrong individual and both kill thousands of people every year (cars kill many more thousand in fact). Cars can even commit mass murders, which we saw not too long ago in California when a car plowed into a crowded market place–but no one is calling for a ban on cars or any sort of moving vehicle. If any person called for such ban they would be mocked for their idiocy. However, I don’t see the difference between banning a car or banning any sort of gun; both a car and a gun are dangerous; both can (and do) kill many people, and both are very useful in the hands of responsible individuals. Yet for some reason the government is only trying to ban one of them.
Unfortunately, because many people today are influenced by the entertainment industry and the media, they have been convinced that a ban on guns is necessary to keep our children safe. They are blinded by the glitz, glamour, and lies that our pop culture is selling them so they are willing to give up their freedom for the empty lie of safety. These Americans don’t understand that it isn’t the guns that are causing the problems – it is the people selling them the very lies they are eating up.
In his bestselling book It, Stephen King summed up himself and the rest of the entertainment industry perfectly: “We lie best when we lie to ourselves”.