Skip to comments.Oakland Effect: Violence only 'real' to those who experience it
Posted on 07/22/2012 7:07:42 PM PDT by NoLibZone
During a Friday morning ABC News segment, Stephanopoulos interviewed a man named Christopher Ramos, who was inside the Aurora theater in Colorado on Thursday night. Toward the end of the interview, when Ramos started to break down crying, in effect reliving the horror show he had survived, he said something I found to be incredibly revealing. "I see this on TV -- a shooting in a mall or a shooting in a bookstore," he said. "I see it but I actually don't feel it. ... It was the first time I saw something that was real."
The reason I found this comment about the "real" interesting is because it highlighted to me how varied the experience of violence is. Right here in Oakland I speak to people all the time who live day to day in very close and explicit familiarity with all kinds of horrific violence. I spoke with a man in West Oakland on Wednesday who told me about seeing two people get killed in broad daylight 20 yards from his front door. And a woman, also in West Oakland, who said gunplay in her street is a normal occurrence.
And yet large-scale traumatic events like the Aurora massacre always seem to evoke the same response in this country. How could this have happened? What is wrong with our culture? Are our laws, policies and mores corrupted? And while those may be legitimate questions, they also allow us as a society to continue to cast violence as something so foreign it almost cannot be understood. And this is a mistake, I think. The fact is that the "reality" Ramos saw in the theater is playing out every day, day after day
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Obama and the Dems don’t care about the blacks killed in Chicago each week.
“While 144 Americans have died in Afghanistan in 2012, a whopping 228 Chicago residents have been killed, and the murder rate is up a staggering 35 percent from last year.”
Seems to me that people went to that movie to see violence, and they got a full dose of it.
Perhaps if they don’t like REAL violence, they should let Hollywood know that enough is enough.
Obama is losing a lot of votes. 3 X 228 = 684 votes.
(Shhhhhh. Don’t tell the democrats.)
if only Chicago would adopt a gun control law....everything would be O.K.
“if only Chicago would adopt a gun control law....everything would be O.K.”....
Your comment gave me an idea. Why not set up a “Government study” to allow Chicago residents to carry (legally) and then see how many deaths from shooting occur. MY guess it would change.
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