Bloombergian gun madness
I could say this event was an unintended consequence, but that is not the case. This is exactly the type of fairy tale utopia, a gun free zone between boys' ears, that the left wants to create.
What exactly am I talking about? In a little story - perhaps little noticed - by Neil McCabe at Townhall.com, the latest leftist crusade - if I may use that term - is described:
Naomi Beth Seligman, the left-wing PR specialist, who helped CIA clerk Valerie Plame deceive the nation, is at it again, and this time she is going after gun makers and video game producers.
Seligman was hired by Plame to spin to the media that the Bush administration leaked her name and endangered her life because she was against the war in Iraq. A self-centered and twisted fantasy as the facts finally bore out.
Anti-gun rights paymaster, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, through one of his front groups: Moms Demand Action (for Gun Sense in America), hired the Bay State-raised resident of Santa Monica, Calif., to pressure video games to stop using realistic guns.
Don't laugh, there is actually movement in that direction.
In May, video game giant Electronic Arts, maker of "Madden NFL" and the "Medal of Honor" series announced that in the future it would not pay licensing fees to gun manufacturers whose guns they used in their video games. Whoa! Big news, right? Well, kinda. Turns out the company had never paid royalties in the past either.
The one thing it had done was partner with the makers of guns used in the games to donate money to veteran-related charity. Well, that program was shut down.
The report from Moms Demand Action goes on to state that Adam Lanza, the mentally disturbed young man who massacred twenty-six people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, played the video game "Medal of Honor" which identifies specific Bushmaster-made weapons - and Lanza used a Bushmaster weapon in his killing spree. Thus, the removal of gun manufacturers' names from any video game would somehow foil attacks by future Adam Lanzas. The fact that Lanza stole the weapons he used from his home after killing his mother - and didn't even have to go into a gun store to attempt to ask for a Bushmaster by name - played no part in Naomi Seligman formulating her argument. She is virtually arguing that if Lanza's mother owned a Colt or an ArmaLite rifle, he wouldn't have figured he could use those other brands of weapons in his attack.
To the left, this argument makes sense - and this way of thinking has produced the Windy City gun control regulations and accompanying over 500 deaths in 2012 that make every few weeks in Chicago a Sandy Hook murder count. Naomi Seligman's argument is not only totally materialistic but a reducto ad consumerism. Seligman is all but claiming that if mentally unstable people didn't know a brand name of rifle, they wouldn't know what weapon to buy (mostly likely illegally because these weapons can't be traced to a named owner) - or steal.
The left, in the person of Michael Bloomberg and his minions, is also attacking the concepts of masculinity, respect for the military (the game mentioned is called, after all, "Medal of Honor") and assertiveness. The last two categories mentioned apply to women as well. Come to think of it, why discourage electronic war games if, as the left advocates, one wants to have women in combat? Bloomberg and friends also ignore the concepts -- and realities -- of both religious morality and an atheistic sense of morality. Only the State has the right to tell young people about specific weapons manufacturers, in Bloomberg's worldview. Well, the State and the internet and gun periodicals and one's friends and family. Perhaps Bloomberg and Seligman would eventually want to ban those other sources of information from talking about guns.
To dismiss this video games story as a one-time aberration is to pretend control freaks don't exist. This attempt to ban real gun manufacturers' equipment in video games is an effort by Mayor Bloomberg, the man who tried to ban Big Gulp sodas and who did ban placing of salt on restaurant tables in New York, to take his megalomania nationwide. This is clearly not a political movement willing to draw a line between their personal tastes other people's personal rights. So we have not heard the last of Bloomberg making new impositions.