Erosion of Truth and American Freedoms
by Dave Morris
Washington, D.C – -(AmmoLand.com)- We're all familiar with the common phrases used to defend our right to keep and bear arms, like, “I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy”, or “I'd rather be judged by twelve than carried by six.” What we may not be familiar with is the cultural assault being perpetrated by the movies, TV and news. There isn't a ghost behind every door, but there are tons of subtle suggestions and insidious attacks on our freedom by modern culture. If you don't believe me, observe how many times you see happy 4th of July instead of Happy Independence Day. Everyone has a July 4th, but we have Independence Day.
Anti-gunners run in circles with those who hate freedom. (Hate is not too strong a word in this case.) They are part of the culture that denigrates America and its values of freedom. They hang out with the Hollywood and New York crowds that so often belittle guns in public, but in private use firearms to protect them. Take Rosie O'Donnell for instance, she won't carry a gun but admits her body guard needs one to protect her kids on the way to school. O'Donnell claims Warner Brothers arranged this, and the security company required it, but that is a difference without a distinction. She is allowing someone else to carry a firearm in defense of her and her loved ones. How about Sean Penn carrying a shotgun in New Orleans after Katrina, this in the same city where law abiding citizens had their guns confiscated by government authorities when they had done nothing wrong. If it were up to the liberal elites gun control would apply only to the people “they” deemed unsafe.
These are the kind of people who make the movies and produce news casts that show people owning guns as dangerous threats to society. In the most recent example a mad man walks into the Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C. and starts shooting people. He is eventually felled by a guard-with a firearm-but all the news talks about is the mad man and his hate. There isn't much about the heroics and bravery of the now dead security guard who gave his life to save so many more or just as important, how if law abiding citizens were allowed to carry a concealed weapon in D.C. perhaps this wouldn't have happened at all. I can't find any news stories wondering why there was another shooting in a “gun-free zone”.
Typically, television and movies tend to show gun use only by gangs, thugs, drug lords, bank robbers and government authorities. Clint Eastwood's “Gran Torino” is the only movie in recent memory that can be cited as showing a private citizen using a firearm in defense of life and property. He uses a rifle to get a violent gang off his property and a handgun to rescue a neighbor girl from certain assault. (Lest the movie lean too much towards freedom there is a scene portraying the internal demons he faces due to his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, implying the Army is evil.) The subtle message here is that only the government police agencies can defend you from the dregs of society. The absence of law abiding Americans defending themselves is in itself a subtle way to remove the thought from our consciousness that we can actually do that. The lack of brave, regular, everyday citizens defending themselves is demeaning to our history and heritage. Mark Twain said, “If you don't read the news you are uninformed, if you read the news you are misinformed”, and he's right, but it goes further than that. It is also what is not shown as much as what is shown.
The media conducts a constant and insidious assault on our freedom by ridiculing and denigrating the American way of life and more importantly, the way of life that made America great. Hollywood and New York have forgotten that just about everybody between the two coasts does not subscribe to these values-or have they? Perhaps they know we don't hold their values and this is a way to make inroads to changing our minds and numbing us into letting our freedoms slip away. If you say a lie often enough, it becomes the truth, for it is impossible to un-hear what you have heard. Some of you may have read Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister quoted saying, “if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it” . The danger of all this is the rumor, the lie, and the innuendo become fact and we in the 2nd Amendment fight don't have near the resources or ability to combat these kinds of slander the left does. We don't make movies or print newspapers. We can write letters to the editor, etc., but they still control what is printed and shown on the air. We are losing the war on the culture front by letting these huge Trojan Horses of the media right into our living rooms, and national consciousness, disguised as entertainment or news.
To combat this it is imperative we point out insidious derogatory references to the great American way of life when we see them. It is important to teach our children and our children's children that freedom does not mean dragging down the rich heritage and culture that made America great. Teach them how to think critically about what they see in the movies, TV and print. Help them understand the biases that are introduced into each movie and television story line. Don't censor their viewing, but help them understand the disparity between fact and fiction, ideology and reality. It means influencing everyone you can about what message some of these shows and articles are really trying to say. Eventually, the majority will understand the difference between trash and treasure, perhaps even changing what movies and television shows they watch, thus hitting anti-gunners right in the wallet.
It is high time we speak out about this subversion. We are used to anti-gunners and liberals trying to shout us down or rudely interrupt our attempts to get the truth out, but we're not used to fighting their efforts in the mainstream media and print outlets. We can't run out and make movies and print newspapers, but we can refuse to patronize the sources the enemies of freedom use against us. We can quit buying their newspapers and buying from their sponsors. We don't have to watch or rent movies that tell us America isn't great. We don't have to watch TV shows or patronize the advertisers of shows that subtly oppose our values. Speak up when someone tries to pass lies as truth. Debate them right there on the spot. Make them defend their position out loud so they and everyone around them can see the folly of their position. Don't let fiction become fact. The culture of freedom this country is based on is too important to leave to the uninformed.Spread the Word Dave Morris Colonel Dave Morris is a retired A10 Pilot from the United States Air Force. He is a fierce Second Amendment Advocate and a patriot above reproach.
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