Alex Jones’ unhinged rant on Piers Morgan’s show, where the interviewer got maybe one question answered out of the three he managed to ask, tells me why I got a comment the other day demanding the rounding up and burning of antidepressants. There is now apparently a parallel narrative forming where antidepressants are responsible for mental instability, and that, combined with video games, induces people to obtain high-volume weaponry and commit mass-murder. And any attempt at taking away guns, instead of video games and antidepressants, is an attempt at creating a totalitarian single world government.
“You’re a hatchet man of the New World Order.” Someone please tell me how many guns Alex Jones owns. Actually, no, don’t. I’d be terribly frightened to know.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden hosts a press conference about gun control, and coverage of that talk is interrupted by coverage of the Taft Union High School shooting where a student with a hit list and a shotgun shot one sixteen-year-old. That this wasn’t worse, that he was talked down after shooting the one kid before he could shoot another he’d targeted, is likely because he only had a shotgun and twenty shells in his pocket. With a high-volume weapon, he’d have done a lot more damage.
I’m waiting for the attempt to link pharmaceuticals and video games to this shooting.
Also meanwhile, there’s been at least 734 US gun deaths as of yesterday since Sandy Hook. That was less than a month ago. And Biden met with video game industry leaders to find out how the ESRB works. Despite games being the most regulated expression of the first amendment, and despite how well-studied the nexus of games and violence is, we’re still talking about video games.
Could we maybe please talk about guns?
… Too much to ask for, huh?
(Oh please let that be a fake quote by @TeaPartyCat.)