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Kentucky Gov. Bevin Explains That the Culture, Not Guns, is to Blame

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin laid out a succinct, eloquent case Monday evening for why guns are not the reason for the proliferation of school shootings.

I made a similar case last week that societal changes are to blame. But Bevin is so compelling and adds to what I wrote, so I thought you might want to take a look, especially given how important Second Amendment rights are to many of you.

Bevin, who appeared last night on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, notes that gun restrictions are far more severe than they were 50 or 100 years ago, and yet people back then didn’t shoot up schools. Even the number of households with guns has declined. And he talks about the desensitization to violence that has occurred, whether through video games, TV, movies, or music lyrics. And, what’s more, the erasure of the distinction between “right” and “wrong.”

Everything is right, don’t you know? I mean, if you feel it, it’s right.

Maybe those kids who will be protesting next March in Washington should rally for the movie industry to put an end to the “PG-13” rating, which as far as I can tell is good for nothing much more than getting kids into what are effectively R-rated movies. Or to demand less-violent video games.

Well, that ain’t gonna happen, it would be too inconvenient for everyone, and who doesn’t want to watch all that great action? Much better to restrict access to guns by law-abiding citizens. I admire that these kids want to take action, but they unfortunately will be coopted by the anti-Second Amendment crowd.

President Trump has said he is open to legislation that would strengthen background checks. We need to do better making sure that people who are mentally unstable and who are threatening violence are not able to get guns. But drawing the lines is not an easy process, and it has to be done carefully.

10 thoughts on “Kentucky Gov. Bevin Explains That the Culture, Not Guns, is to Blame”

  1. This is not the video for the Governor, however I did watch it and he was compelling. It was rational, well thought out. I do think there are some things that can be done – i.e. raising the age limit for purchasing guns. Even my husband who is a gun right advocate agrees that unless you live on a farm and/or it is your livelihood there is good argument for raising the purchase age. I doubt very seriously if Hollywood and Social Medial will embrace anything relative to the violence in movies, games, freedom of speech, etc. There were so many red flags with this kid – it is hard to believe he was allowed to wander freely. He was obviously able to pull the wool over lots of eyes.

    1. Raise the age limit? Do you think this very disturbed young man would be any more rational at age 21 than age 19? I don’t.
      Just one of the problems in raising the age limit is the fact that an 18 year old can enlist in the military and be ordered to use a gun to fight for his/her country and yet not able to buy one as a civilian.

    2. The Federal law already states one must be 18 to purchase a long gun and 21 to purchase a pistol. One can join the military at the age of 17. Why do we allow someone to join the military at the age of 17 but not allowed to purchase a gun? It does not matter where one lives, their right to bear should not be infringed upon.

  2. The MSM will cover everything to do with gun control. They ignore what the Florida Teacher of the Year said about parenting.

    On my first day of school my father told me if I got a spanking at school I would get one at home too.

    Also, I walked the 2 1/2 blocks to school and had to find my class room all on my own. I was being taught responsibility.

  3. I agree that the violence being portrayed in our movies, tv shows, video games, are all to blame to a certain degree.
    But I also think our utter devaluing of life when it comes to abortion has impact too. Not to mention the lack of strong male father figures in a lot of children’s lives.
    We took God out of our public discourse, we have embraced all manner of gender bending philosophies and normalized other perversions as well.
    Let’s face it, our society is plainly AFU.

  4. There’s no doubt that violence is celebrated on every TV, movie screen, and in most video games today.
    However, it’s been that way long before the TV, movie screen, and video games – it was sensationalized in old-time newspapers. Then came the movies with the gangsters shooting up everything with their machine guns, blowing up buildings, and killing everyone in their path.
    James Cagney was a killing machine in many movies, well, until he became a Yankee Doodle Dandy.

    I’m old enough to remember when students actually brought their weapons to school to safeguard them in their lockers during inclement weather, or had them displayed in their pickup trucks. No one got shot, even by accident then. Most of us in fly-over country were raised in homes where multiple firearms were stored (long guns behind the door, hand guns in a drawer or the closet), and we didn’t grab them to shoot up our school or our neighbors.
    Aside from the crazed Muslims or the plain crazy, it’s the attention that is generated – the Look At Me generation. Look Ma, Look what I can do.
    We see this all the time on u-tube, on Facebook, in front of the TV cameras, everywhere – the look at me syndrome -Look at me, I’m important.

    School shootings: the last one happened at a school with 3,000 students. 3,000 who don’t know who is sitting next to them, the teachers don’t remember the faces, and no one cares.
    Back in the olden days, we not only knew each other in school, we lived in the same neighborhoods, played together, and our parents knew who they were.…all strangers.

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  6. The solution to this problem starts at the family dinner table. Regardless of what is going on in the world, a strong family with reasonable parents (note the plural) goes a long way to improve many of the things in our society.

  7. As long as homo/bi/transexuals are morally classified as ‘normal’ as husband/wife/children & afforded the same social/ monetary benefits as husband/wife/children (coexistence), the filth/lies/murder business will churn out the processed mentally ill to commit ‘senseless murders & random acts of violence’.

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