As our wonderful, brawling, evolving and often violent nation celebrated its 217th birthday, a disgruntled citizen, armed with a legal assault rifle and two semi-automatic pistols, walked into an attorney's office and shot to death nine people, wounding eight others.
This sort of incident, plus "drive-by" shootings and kids killing kids with guns they find in the home, has become all the more common due to the continuing glamorization of the "shoot-em-up, devil-may-care" image of the "macho male."The TV networks, bowing to pressure from Congress, finally agreed to do something about "on-screen" violence. Their solution for their fall schedules was to put warning labels in the papers and TV guides stating that "due to possible violent content, parental discretion is advised."
Isn't that just grand? This will have just about as much effect as placing a warning sign on your front door stating "Warning, gun inside, juveniles should use discretion in searching for same." What a farce.
Charles S. Bollard