I was talking to a friend recently about the whole Colorado theater massacre. We were lamenting about how our culture is so obsessed with these psychopathic murderers and that we never hear about the heroes, because sadly, in our dying culture, there are no heroes. But maybe we do have heroes; not superheroes, but heroes nonetheless. We just don't hear about them.
Just recently in Florida, an armed 71-year-old internet cafe patron opened fire with his .380 pistol on two armed thugs attempting to rob the place. Samuel Williams, the aged hero, waited for the right time to shoot. Just as one of the teen bandits' back was turned, Williams plunged into action, chasing them both out the door with bullets. They were both "beside themselves" as they fell over each other trying desperately to get out the door and away from this crazy old gun-toter (you should see the video; it's hilarious). The two robbers were hospitalized with gun shot wounds and arrested later on robbery charges.
Critics are saying that these robbers weren't going to shoot anyone. They were just going to rob the place, so what Mr. Williams did was completely unwarranted and over the line. Well, we don't know that they weren't going to shoot anyone. It could have turned into the "Florida internet cafe massacre," which the media would certainly have gone crazy with. But it didn't have to even get close to that because there was an armed, law-abiding citizen there willing to put his life on the line for the protection of his neighbors, and no one ended up getting hurt except the bad guys. So why don't we hear stories like this in the major media?
I'm sure we're all tired of the media "theater" surrounding the crazed "batman shooter." I'm not even going to say his name. We all know it. We know what he looks like and what color his hair is. But one other thing we know is that the media love this type of person and what he did. It gives the media something to sensationalize, something on which to fixate and talk about non-stop knowing that fear-addicted Americans will sit and gawk at their TV's or radios. It's good for ratings. And when it's good for ratings, it's good for money. Yes, the media love a story like this because it makes them money. After all, they are a business, and they've got to profit somehow.
And it gets even better when these media people invite "experts" on their shows to talk about guns and how politicians need to just "do something" about them. Of course, that makes the liberal viewers mad because they believe these "experts"; and it outrages us conservatives because we know that "guns don't kill, people do." And again, the media sit back and watch the conservatives and liberals duke it out while their ratings go up (and with the media's current dismal rating, they need all the help they can get). But I think there's something more than just profit that drives the media.
How about an agenda? It seems we only see the bad news. We see the murder stories, the armed robbery stories, terrorist attack stories, kidnappings, child molestation, rapes, etc. Yeah, we might see some "heart-warming" story about how a cute kitten was rescued from a tree, but in general, we see mostly bad news. And I think that's for a reason. It's to elicit fear in the mind of the viewer and to convince us to live in constant fear of our surroundings. The media try to brainwash us into associating guns with bad people. Don't you love it when the media show images of the "assailant's" arsenal all sprawled out on a bed maybe next to a stack of cash (as if those things are inherently evil)? And then they show some scruffy, scowling picture of the alleged "bad guy". It might even turn out that this bad guy was innocent after all, but it doesn't matter.
The association is already done. If you have a gun, then you're like that bad guy on TV. The more people are afraid, the more they will willingly give up their rights and even demand that those in power take them away from us in order to protect us from ourselves. The media won't talk about the myriad cases where law-abiding citizens defend themselves and others from certain death using guns. That might convince viewers that guns can be used to protect people.
We've all speculated about the theater shooting and how if there had been just one person in that theater with a gun, he could have prevented all this carnage, and he would certainly have been a hero. But from the media's perspective, there would be no news story in that. Nothing to sensationalize. More importantly, it wouldn't be consistent with their agenda. So, like Samuel Williams' story, no one would end up hearing about it. Just because something isn't on the news doesn't mean it didn't happen. Contrary to what our media won't tell us, there are heroes among us.