Posted by: joshjasper | January 3, 2013

Demand a Plan

We need to demand a plan to end gun violence.  We need to demand that President Obama and Congress put forth a plan that addresses gun violence in the United States.  33 Americans are murdered with guns EVERY DAY.  We should call upon the most influential people in our country to put together a message that evokes emotion and a call to action.  Wait….they already did.  Take a look:

Pretty powerful stuff huh?  In the last week more than 6.4 million people watched that video.  Did you check out the website?  If not, here it is again: http://www.demandaplan.org  They suggest that by passing three simple pieces of legislation we will effectively reduce gun violence.  They are as follows:

  1. Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in America.
  2. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
  3. Make gun trafficking a federal crime, with real penalties for “straw purchasers.

Could it really be that simple?  Aren’t we missing something though?  Here’s a different version of that same video that may shed some light on what be missing from this conversation.  (Warning: this video contains graphic violence and profanity that you see every day in the media)

“Hollywood is a culture of violence.”  The average child will see 8,000 murders on television before finishing elementary school.  Violence is a learned behavior.  And they are asking us to “demand a plan?”  Really?  Imagine what might change if Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Jon Hamm and all those other actors got together and refused to take roles that included gun violence.

Now that’s a plan I would like to demand.

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Responses

  1. I agree that violence is learned and needs to be unlearned, but I don’t necessarily think that it’s simply going to end with actors refusing to take certain roles. It’s not just Hollywood but rather how our society condones and tolerates violence (especially with how masculinity is constructed). I also don’t necessarily think that a statement about “hypocrites and whores” and name calling is going to help either.

  2. I completely agree, Sarah. There is a lot more to violence prevention than boycotting Hollywood. I too was uncomfortable with that last line in the video. I hesitated putting it on my blog for that reason.


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