"Dat oxy had me like"
In case you had forgotten already, Elliot Rodger, 22, killed 7 people and injured 13 more during a killing spree in the California college town of Isla Vista. Since then, seemingly educated people privileged enough to have a forum to reach millions of people, have decided to use their voice to blame Seth Rogen, men in general, and now Rush Limbaugh weighs in. Guess if his opinion is sane (Hint: No, no it's not. I bet you were't expecting that!)
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that the left is politicizing the murders that occurred last week near the University of California Santa Barbara and questioned whether the suspect’s father’s work on “The Hunger Games” had any influence on what happened. On his radio show, Limbaugh discussed how the suspect’s father, Peter Rodger, was an assistant director on the first installment of “The Hunger Games” franchise. “Do you know what the ‘Hunger Games’ movies are about?” Limbaugh asked. He continued, “This is crucial! This is what this guy’s dad did. It’s teenagers killing other teenagers.” Limbaugh said despite the obvious tie-in, the movie industry will not face any scrutiny. “Why not blame Hollywood movies here? Oh, we can never, ever go there,” he said, sarcastically.
Like, is this seriously what we're doing right now? Is this the level of discourse that's hot in the street? Despite not being hipster enough to blame The Hunger Games instead of Battle Royale, I do agree with Rush Limbaugh that Hollywood loves killing themselves some white lady on film, but Hollywood hasn't directly killed anyone as far as I know. You know who did though? Elliot Rodger. You can blame whoever you want if that makes you feel better, but here's what we know: Since 1982, there have been 70 mass shootings in the United States, 33 of them after 2006. Out of the 143 guns, more than 75% were obtained legally (because everybody is a "law-abiding" citizen until, you know, they're not), 44 of the shooters were white males, and 40% of the killing sprees started after the shooter either targeted or killed a woman (usually a woman he knew). I'll let you process that however you want with amount of critical thinking you possess. Amd since Rodger used a knife and a car to kill some of his victims, we've already sank into the irrational mudhole of "SHOULD WE BAN KNIVES AND CARS TOO?!". No, dumbass. We shouldn't. Because unlike guns, knives and cars were designed with other purposes in mind. For instance, nobody is clamoring for the ban of the Nike Roshe Run I used to kill a fly yesterday, because shoes usually spend most of their time doing shoe stuff, and as it turns out, you can't walk into an elementary school and kill 22 kids with a shoe. We're all busy people and nobody has that kind of time. You can, however, do that pretty damn quick with a gun. Why? Because a gun is the most effective killing machine an individual can legally possess. So if you still want to shout your illogical argument, here's a quick test: walk up to a soldier and tell her you're taking her gun and giving her a butter knife and a 2005 Toyota Camry. Let me know what she says.