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What Terrorizes Americans Most: Guns or Sexual Freedom?

America treats sex, not violence, as the biggest threat to families and the nation.

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Right. No one’s truly free as guaranteed by the Second Amendment until you make a hunk o’ steel “an additional appendage to your body.”

American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer—returning star at FRC’s annual Values Voters Summits that parades pandering Republican incumbents and candidates, including Romney six times—joined the conservative chorus for more guns. The evangelical radio talk-show host also wrote on that dread day in a winding rant on premarital sex, cohabitation, rape, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancies and births, that we got what we wrought for pushing God out of the public square.

Right. Laws against easy access to 6,000 rounds of ammunition and semi-automatic weaponry that can shoot 60 bullets a minute, a la Aurora, won’t help protect us from deranged killers; compulsory posting of the Ten Commandments in public schools will.

As America mourned, the National Rifle Association opened its nightly online newscast with 35 seconds on “the unthinkable tragic shooting that shocked the country today,” though it’s more déjà vu than unthinkable, more shameful than shocking. The next news outrage lasted for more than 10 minutes bashing the United Nations for negotiating a global treaty to curb arms sales. The UN is a favorite punching bag of the Right, seen as a prophesied enemy to national sovereignty, and any hint at taking away guns is an attack on our God-given freedom.

But when it’s easier to buy a gun in some states than a sex toy, how free are we? Do we fear pleasure more than violence?

Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan argued it was time for the MPAA to revamp its ratings system, pointing out that while Europeans are easier on sexual content than we are, they are much tougher on violence. He said the MPAA needs to take responsibility since violence in movies and video games is here to stay “unless a religious theocracy takes over this country.” But the Christian right has taken over the Republican base, and its theocratic assault entails regulating sexual freedom, not violence in entertainment or real life.

When Glenn Beck’s The Blaze posted the “Dark Knight” deceased, the first comment said, “Thank you LIBERALISM! You should be proud of the AMERICA you have created.” The sex-obsessed Bryan Fischer, who campaigns against JCPenny for having Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson, tweeted, “Shorter liberalism: it’s exploitative to use Aurora shooting to call for revival but not to call for gun control.”

But addressing policies on weaponry again used to litter a community gathering place with lifeless bodies, fill hospitals that will send survivors home to face lifetime disabilities, and leave loved ones with a gaping hole in their lives, is responsible citizenry. It’s being human. Launching culture war salvos to further your anti-sexual freedom, pro-gun industry agenda is dehumanizing to diverse Americans doing their best at life, including in that theater opening night.

The ABC News story FRC linked to as a greater outrage than the latest mass shooting, quoted Air Force Tech Sgt. Erwynn Umali marrying his partner, Will Behrens, on a military base, “One thing that we know and want to show our kids [two each from former wives] is to be true to yourself and love everyone no matter what,” he said. “This is a victory for us because our kids still love us and we love each other and that is what they see.”

The family of six all went to Disneyland after the ceremony.

These are some of the “good guy” stories I hope to talk to my son about as more prevail in America’s no-win culture war.

 
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