Toy guns, games, cartoons, westerns, and feature films.
I watched The Rifleman as a kid and thought the dude was a half step next to God.
The Rifleman was a good guy. Where he lived there was a steady stream of bad guys trying to take his land, a woman or his town. Every dang week that good peaceable man was killing about three to five people a week.
I took in the lesson. The world was bad but good people had guns to shoot up the bad folks.
I took it in and didn't question it. Every other show on television had a gun in proximity. When I was allowed to go to the movies it was a good time for all if it was on of the Sergio Leone Spaghetti westerns
I took in more lessons; don't ever live in an arm pit of a town and you are screwed unless someone who has a gun can shoot the bad guys for you.
I can't think of a day where I didn't see an image of a gun as a kid. And I was a city kid, not in the boonies.
So our relationship to guns goes a bit deeper that people propping up the Constitution as a right of co-existence with guns.
America worships the gun.
And yet we expect grown men and women to make rational choices that would respect the rights of honest gun owners with the equal rights of those that don't want to be blown to hell by other people.
You'd think that 20 school kids would be enough motivation to come to a center point for discussion.
You would be wrong. As wrong as the death of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. As wrong at the attempt on Ronald Reagan. As wrong as the thousands of children that have died before Sandy Hook in their homes or on the porch who were victims of drive-by shootings.
So yeah, I'm a little bitter that those children are being used by the political opportunists on the right and the left of the political spectrum.
I'm bone angry that we as a nation don't have a systemic way of dealing with guns.
We have no required gun training for those that want to legally purchase a gun. There isn't a skill level that is required before you are allowed to fire one. It is optional.
I can't drive a car without demonstrating proficiency. Gun owners can and do purchase guns without demonstrating skill levels.
We don't have a safe way to educate children about the dangers of guns; there is no counter balance to what they experience in fiction, games or television.
My god, we talk less about gun safety, usage and awareness than we do about sex education and we have proven just how damn ignorant we are as a country about that haven't we?
You'd have to talk about the "manhood" thing so folks would be clear that strong men do not necessarily have to blow your brains out after a disagreement. No, better to decimate the opposition and have it all your way until somebody blows your ass out of the water.
Think I'm kidding? Do a Twitter search on #guncontrol. That will lessen your faith in humanity.
We don't even begin to have a better enforcement to prevent illegal purchasing and distribution of guns to those hip deep in crime and other unsavory activities.
Don't get me started.
I would like to see true gun control that would allow folks to protect themselves in their homes but would smack them hard if they shoot somebody in the mall.
I want balance. I want fairness that doesn't involve allegiance to a political party or rhetoric.
In reality this is about grown men slinging their metaphorical dicks back and forth trying to show who has the power or the power of revenge.
Because if we really meant what we say about protecting our children we'd get to work and bring our solutions to the table.
And like the mythical cry and wail about gun control, that ain't gonna happen.