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Where I live the media is generally “anti-gun” and has been probably since the advent of guns. And everyone unable to see past the wool which the media pulls over the public’s eyes on a daily basis is as well.

The media instigates disagreements between the perpetrator and people who use firearms for protection. The mainstream media use statistics indicating criminals use guns but rarely if ever talks about how law-abiding citizens escape catastrophic events by defending themselves with the use of a gun. You have probably heard that the media is so anti-gun because the media is “liberal.” That one is used to explain everything about the media, but if you read my essay “Is the Media Really as Liberal as They Say,” you’ll see I disagree with that sentiment. But the media’s anti-gun bias raises questions in my mind.

Why is the media so anti-gun? Is it because the media likes to portray themselves as “shepherds of the flock” whilst hiding behind the 1st Amendment? Is it because the media is worried about getting shot while out reporting on the population, often like a bunch of blood suckers?

I’ve concluded that the answer to those questions is a definite “no.” It is my opinion that the media doesn’t like guns because guns represent power to the media, power in particular to control your own lives, and more importantly in the eyes of the media, not to have to do what the media wants you to do by manipulating the state. We all know how afraid the various levels of government are of negative media coverage, which in a sense indicates a deference to the media with regard to control, and it is that particular relationship with the government that the media has that suggests to me the real dislike the media has of guns is due to the media’s desire for control, to empower its message, whatever it may be that day, or who its advertisers are.

Are the media afraid of guns because they are afraid for their own lives? Of course. But that is only a minor reason in comparison to the media’s desire for control and the threat that public gun ownership represents to media control of the public.

Guns are the obstruction thrown into the mechanism of a triad of public governance between government, the media, which is often called another branch of government, and law enforcement. Together they often work to ensure that the public does not stray from their social design for the public. They share information, have lunch and sleep with one another. The media feed off of what the government and law enforcement report for the sake of sensationalism and ratings. The relationship between the three is unquestionably symbiotic. Nothing wrong with that really. Until they start trying to disarm the public. Then such activity indicates a front of some kind, and it indicates that their agenda is not the same as that of the citizenry.

The media doesn’t like guns because guns undermine the media’s position in the totem of American life.

You have to give them credit, though, with hiding behind the Bill of Rights and all as if it were a wool blanket.

Copyright © William Thien 2012

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The thing about Robocalls is that there is nobody on the other end to which you can ask to stop calling you, it’s a robot!

This evening I received a barrage of Robocalls, at least eight, maybe ten. I don’t know how many really because I didn’t answer all of them. The robots were calling due to the primary here tomorrow, and during most of the Robocalls I had to wait several seconds until they activated their script. I’d hang up after one and minutes later I received another. I had several calls from Wisconsin, one from Illinois, one from Mississippi, and a number from “Private Number” or “Caller I.D. Unavailable” listings. Since I was waiting for another call from a “real person,” these calls from the robots were particularly aggravating because I could have simply turned the ringer off had I not been expecting an important call. What’s worse, it’s bad enough when a human is spewing bs at you, but when a robot is doing it, it is particularly egregious.

Many of the calls are not even from the candidates’ campaigns, and when I received calls from unlisted numbers, I had to ask, is this the competitor doing this just to aggravate me, knowing we are all sick of the calls? All you would have to do is record one call from one candidate and then use unlisted numbers and call their constituency umpteen times and by the time election day rolls around, their constituency would be voting for the competition simply due to the overwhelming onslaught of obnoxious calls. So the idea really is not functional.

Finally, it’s not even the candidates anymore, it’s Superpacs and other interested parties that are calling supposedly on behalf of the candidates. Sure. So you don’t even know who is who.

What happened with Campaign Finance Reform, a bi-partisan production? What a mess! One can’t keep up with normal life anymore, one can’t escape all the taxes and fees and traffic tickets and now they are in your home reaching for more money, or for “your support.”

Finally, and most disturbingly, the number of Robocalls and the breath of time over which they have been disseminated, nay perpetrated, demonstrates a complete and utter disregard for the sanctity AND security of the American home by our political establishment, regardless of party, and it needs to stop.

Copyright © William Thien 2012

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