To the Editor:
I am writing about a letter to the editor in response to a guest editorial in the Adirondack Journal, “Op-Ed Off the Mark,” about the Newtown Connecticut shooting being a rare “outlier” event — and the issue of gun control.
When we form opinions we have to be cognizant of the national media’s (primarily television’s) agenda.
All media are corporations and do not look out for our best interests. And, they don’t speak the truth. They are very powerful force and use horrific situations to promote political or other agendas to push forward acts, laws and actions they support.
The media plays on people’s fears.
Take the Newtown shooting. We react, “I don’t want that to happen to my relatives, so we need to do whatever it takes.” But when we really think about it, one doesn’t need an automatic rifle to commit mass murder.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to bolster school security and keep all guns and weapons out of the hands of individuals who are mentally unstable, as well as those on psychiatric prescriptions?
But the media dwells on the event, playing it over and over, 24 hours per day, so much so that we don’t have time to really think about it or the fear it generates.
In fact, this gun restriction law in New York State was passed so fast in reaction to the Newtown shootings that we didn’t have time to stop, think and reason. This law was passed very quickly by a government that can’t even agree on a budget and pass it on time.
So, the next time you turn on your television or read a magazine or national newspaper, ask yourself, “What is their agenda?” And the next time you agree to a law that affects our Bill of Rights, ask yourself, “Is it worth it?”
Pushing agendas creates fear which puts our U.S. Constitution at risk.
The Constitution was given to us by people willing to fight and lose their lives, and many more lives were lost in the Revolutionary War than in the Newtown shooting and others like it combined. The Constitution was written with the knowledge and wisdom about what a tyrannical government can do. We need to respect that. It was written to protect the rights of individuals including the Second Amendment and protect the rights to the states against a central government that grows too strong.
Don’t let your fear accept the media’s agenda. Keep the Constitution as the most important agenda, because the Revolution was definitely not an “outlier event.”
Incidentally, I do not own a gun, and hope I will never have to.