It wasn’t too long ago that Samuel L. Jackson was telling American voters to “wake the f**k up.” Do you know who can’t wake up, Samuel? Dead people. More specifically, dead people whose lives were extinguished because a mentally deranged person riddled their bodies with bullets. And so, it doesn’t surprise me that with Django Unchained about to open you’re doing everything within your power to direct attention away from this fact: You’ve made millions of dollars due to depictions of graphic violence on the big screen.
“I don’t think it’s about more gun control. I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life … I don’t think movies or video games have anything to do with it. … We need to stop deranged people from getting access to guns,” (Samuel L. Jackson).
Where are people taught about life, Samuel? Parents. The family. The local community. Religious institutions. Those are all places where it is imperative that individuals be instilled with the kinds of values most likely to produce upstanding citizens. But the mosaic of influences at work on the individual psyche includes another part: popular culture.
Who determines what’s “cool,” Samuel? Where do our young people turn at a time when their minds are like little sponges, soaking up the values that will stay with them the rest of their lives? The answer: Hollywood. And while I think the impact is negligible when an individual comes from a loving attentive family, the same can’t be said for the kids who come home from school every day to an empty household. (Mom and Dad both work.) Or maybe there is no mom. Maybe there is no dad. Maybe there is a mom and dad, but other factors (e.g., alcohol, drugs) leave their parenting skills in shambles. The point is this: The entertainment industry cannot escape culpability if liberals are going to frame any conversation about shooting rampages on a “gun culture.”
Question, Samuel: Wouldn’t respecting the “value of life” begin by not calling the extermination of millions of children “choice”? Shouldn’t respecting the value of life begin with the most innocent and helpless among us? If we chased the falling public policy dominoes back to the first one tipped over, do you think it might begin with abortion? Just wondering. Maybe instead of talking about a “gun culture” we should talk about the “abortion culture.”
It’s hard to look at the 21-week old hand of a “fetus” and really believe it’s “just a fetus.” To stick with the dominoes analogy, it’s a human life that has been set in motion. It’s not just some random collection of cells. It’s not just a mistake or “punishment”. It’s life. And if actors like Samuel L. Jackson want to talk about valuing life, then it would be nice if they weighed in on abortion more often. But they won’t, because a guy like Mr. Jackson — who admits he only voted for President Obama because of the color of his skin — is never asked tough questions. With the right letter after your name you are rarely thrust into embarrassing Q&A sessions. Nobody asks you if God would prefer if babies conceived during rape were dead. Nobody asks if that little hand of Samuel Armas clutching the doctor’s finger stirs something inside you that screams: “This is so much more than I was led to believe! This is real. This is a human being and someone needs to stand up for its right to life.”
As a conservative, I’m repeatedly told not to talk about social issues. And then there is a mass shooting and guys like Samuel L. Jackson say that it’s because we “aren’t taught the value of life.” Well, whether you want to talk about abortion or not, the statement essentially demands that social issues come up. So which is it, Samuel? Should the crazy conservative shut up and not talk about social issues, or are you going to try and say with a straight face that “the value of life” can be talked about without broaching subjects along the lines of faith, family and religion?