By Dan Irvin
I’ve done week before Christmas forums in the past about cutting down a tree, parades in years gone by, oh a variety of sentimental subjects.
I just can’t get there this year. Is it just me? Everything reminds me of the terror in that Connecticut school last Friday. All night we got to see network reporters with long faces, wiping a tear away from their eye. Saying things like, “A nation tries to come to grips with WHY such a thing would happen. WHY? We’ll be back after these important messages.”
Why? Come on. Really?
24 hours a day, seven days a week, you can tune into Comcast, or Dish, or DirectTV and you will have your choice of many, many TV shows….procedurals they call them… and at the center of them is a murder, or better yet a series of killings.
Why? Can’t you just wait for the big Christmas blockbuster action movies? Action is a Hollywood euphemism for killing. And the most popular involve some sort of vendetta, getting back at the criminals for doing harm. The worse the criminal, the more extravagant the mayhem against them. And the crowd goes wild.
Why? How many millions and millions of dollars this holiday will put video games under Christmas trees. The most popular, best-selling genre of video game is the first person shooter. Of the top ten video games, I bet 8 or 9 are first person shooters.
Why? And you knew I was going here. It’s guns. It is guns. The State of Illinois has already gone over our fiscal cliff, we’re just trying to slow the fall. Maybe find something other than a rocky landscape to land on. But we’re hearing a lot of rhetoric out of Springfield about our deficit? No. Conceal-carry.
It’s hard for a lot of folks in America to find jobs. It’s hard for a lot of folks to find a way to feed their families. But guns? No problem. Head on down to the local outdoor superstore. Ask the greeter if you can get a gun. Sure. Just go past the carnival rides, through the toy department and turn right and right there they got any kind a gun you want. Don’t forget the ammo. Merry Christmas!
Couldn’t do a sentimental Christmas piece this year. I don’t know why?
Dan Irvin is Secretary of the Board of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of the Bloomington Public Library Foundation Board, and a member of the Heartland Community College Foundation Board.
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