In recent days there have been two mobile shooting sprees that both resulted in the death of three bystanders. Yet the shooting in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has received almost no national coverage — to say nothing of hashtags, news conferences, calls for gun control, and law enforcement recriminations.
Why is that?
Does this mean crime sprees only interest the national media when the murders involve blondes, college students, YouTube rants, and Hollywood? And if you have the misfortune to be killed and you aren’t one or more of those categories, your death is just so much background noise?
When the California body count was initially at six, the same media murder vultures that are found roosting at every shooting started demonizing America’s gun culture and that reliable whipping boy the National Rifle Association.
It came as a real letdown when they learned that the initial three fatalities involved cutting weapons. No one is going to support laws that clamp down on ownership of Ginsu knives, because that would inconvenience everyone, even leftists. Banning ownership of a "Chicago typewriter" is one thing, but banning Chicago Cutlery is a regulation too far.
But if the body count wasn’t what the gun ban fanatics wanted, the Hollywood connection would do in a pinch. But no one asks the obvious question: Why blame the gun and not the gunman? No one faults AAA after an automobile crash that wipes out a family, but the NRA is pilloried each time a gun is misused.
Drunk drivers kill thousands each year — 10,322 in 2012 alone — but no one is calling for a return to Prohibition.
The fact is a deeply disturbed young man went on a rampage. His family knew he was disturbed, yet after a single call to the police, the family did nothing more until it was too late. Mom or dad didn’t bother to see if the young man had access to weapons. They didn’t try to obtain an involuntary commitment order. They evidently just washed their hands.
So this narcissist went on a rampage. He shot three people, but he could have just as easily run over three or more with his BMW. His choice of weapon is not important. What is important is the choice he made.
This gunman is the product of a society saturated in sex. He stood on the outside looking in at a culture that starts sex education in elementary school, distributes condoms in high school, demands the taxpayer supply free birth control, and worships at the altar of the one-night stand.
And because he didn’t have what he felt he deserved, then he was going to get sexual justice in his own way. The cultural elite — particularly in Hollywood — never tires of warning of the dangers of theocracy and the repressive nature of fundamentalist Christians with their Victorian notions of the role of sex.
But I don’t recall the Victorians — or the Baptists for that matter — devising a culture that produced spree killers as a byproduct.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
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