As I sit here, awaiting the end of the world–according to a few weirdos–I read two news stories about the Newtown, Connecticut shooting that really interested me. In the seven days that have passed since the shooting, so much has been said and written that it feels like it’s been years. Liberals are crying out for gun control, Conservatives are rightly rebutting, pundits are making connections, and celebrities are attacking them for it. This happens every time an act of violence occurs–which seems to be increasingly common, as of late.
The first story was from Town Hall. According to Town Hall, Gallup conducted a new poll asking what should be done to prevent school shootings/violence. The number one answer was “increasing the police presence at schools.” The number four answer was “banning the sale of assault and semi-automatic guns.” The disparity between the two answers was 11%. That being said, if you listen to the media, you’d think that gun control is supported by 120% of the population (120% is a legitimate number for Democrats).
The second story involved a celebrity Facebook post. Comedian and Tea Party member Victoria Jackson posted this: “My friend Jim Riley posted: ‘Wasn’t the Connecticut killer just doing what abortionists do every day? It’s a wonder we don’t have more 20 year old “dads” doing what women and doctors have been an accomplice to for years in America. When you forget the TEN COMMANDMENTS, people, THIS is what you get.'”
Immediately following this post, people responded with harsh criticisms. Jackson replied with this: “I don’t regret anything I have said…I meant that the grieving I feel for the Newtown children and parents is the same grieving I feel for aborted fetuses. Obama is milking this for political reasons. We need no more gun laws but should rather enforce the ones we have.”
Think about it: what Victoria Jackson said wasn’t incorrect. Was it in bad taste? Maybe. But it is completely accurate. Thousands of infants are killed every day at the will of their parent, and Obama is using this tragedy to push gun control. Think about the Gallup poll. A majority of those polled agreed that more guns equaled better protection against violence. That was the top answer.
So, on one hand, you have a majority of people standing against the proliferation of guns, and you have a celebrity Conservative being slammed by the media for comparing one slaughter with another. Once again, in a more subtle way, you can see the disparity between the “main-stream media” and the rest of the country.
The media’s influence on American culture is so deep that we have been trained to be surprised by stats suggesting that people believe that guns aren’t the main problem. We have been trained to sit back and watch while a Conservative is beaten up by the media for saying what is true. When I first read the story about Victoria Jackson, I didn’t bat an eye. When I read the Gallup results, I was surprised. Neither response should have been my first.
I caught myself getting sucked into the media narrative–albeit for a minute. Don’t let the same thing happen to you. The Liberal media is insidious. We have to be on guard.