Lets look at our hands
by Mobist on November 8, 2015 - 11:08am
Mon 2015-11-02 9:22 PM
In an article written at www.reuters.com about the renewal of a gun control legislation in the United States, the article reviews the massacres committed by Elliot Rodgers and Adam Lanza as reasons for President Borack Obama and members of the senate wanting to inforce more sever gun laws. The legislation would inquire that background checks and screenings for mental health issues be done prior to selling fire arms as well as certain fire arms be restricted. The goal in doing so, is being able to intervene before these violent crimes are committed. The opposing party, pro-gun activist, using the often heard argument, that in making this legislation viable the government would infringe on America's Constitutional rights.
It is typical that looking at a violent act that has been committed using fire arms and other weapons, the first reaction would be to make stricter laws on weapons. However is that the solution to this problem? This article is an example on how we as a society misconstrue what the real issues are by focusing the attention elsewhere. While more severe gun laws may help in intervening possible crimes. Is it really the issue as to why men account for the vast majority of violent crimes such as rape, aggression, assault, murder, shootings, etc? While women are exposed to just as much violence in movies, videogames and other media, and also suffer from mental health issues. How come than, are we not looking at the deep underlying issue of men’s oppression, and instead, starring wildly into the face of a shot gun barrel.
In the article the author refers to a Youtube video Rodgers posted before the attack. “ A YouTube video and a lengthy "manifesto" Rodger left behind were filled with rage and plans for "slaughtering" women because he felt they had rejected him.” In the film “Tough Guise” they address the fact that many of the violent crimes committed by men, are due to violent abuse they themselves have endured at a younger age, rejection, from women or work, and if we take a look at the big picture, that they have not managed to fit into what society has constructed as being a man. In a world where we have taught our sons, brothers, boyfriends, husbands, that being a real man, is to be stoic, strong, silent, no emotion, aggressive sexually, obtaining women rather than developing a partnership with them. These men have been taught that these are the ways to live. Even if it goes against your true nature, and that unless you are all these things, you are no man at all.
Perhaps we do not ask the proper questions, because in doing so, we as men would come face to face with our own insecurities and anxieties. We would be forced to look ourselves straight in the eye and demand that we feel for a moment.