Because most folks will believe whatever they are told, particularly if told over and over again. Combine that with the "if it bleeds, it leads" hype in faux-news "reporting" done by many media organizations, then you get a perfect storm: willing accomplices to brainwashing, and willing brains.
Simply, I'd say, the receptivity of most folks comes down to naive A-B-C "thinking": if guns are loud and can hurt people, and criminals carry guns, then all guns can pose a threat. Ignores the obvious facts that most who have guns aren't criminals. But it spoils the "thinking" to worry about those little details.
It must be all true .... it's on the internet...and you can't put anything on the internet that's not true....Bonjour....
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
Given the criminal history of players in the Pro Football community I think we would be better off regulating and requiring background checks on pro football players to be allowed to play.
Bob Costas can decide for HIMSELF and NO ONE ELSE,,,, if he wishes NOT TO CARRY OR
HAVE WEAPONS,,,, so be it,,, (bet he has bodyguards????) BUT HE DOES NOT HAVE THE
RIGHT TO DECIDE FOR ME & YOU,,,,, be he wants the POWER,,,, THAT IS THE PROBLEM.
Years ago it became apparent, for myself at least, that most of the people in the media and politicians are far removed from the common person and everyday life.
I am disgusted when I hear one of them say, "What Americans want.." Costas is one of those people. And because he is on TV he believes that he is a spokesperson for America. To defend my viewpoint on this you need only to listen to them.
I have hundreds of statistics loaded on my smartphone so I can enlighten people on the real facts when I hear them spewing talking points they heard on TV. But it's just as ccw9mm stated, they have heard something over and over and believe it to be truth. I think we are in greater danger from the TV culture more than anything else. People are lazy, they want to be taken down the easy path.
I wish a life free of fear and danger for Costas. I hope that he never has to tremble in fear and beg for his life or the lives of his family from some scumbag that wants something he has. I hope that his ivory tower never crumbles to the ground because it is unlikely that we will have any sympathy for him.
I am pleased that he mentioned all the angry emails he recieved in the last 72hrs. One of them was from me. In fact I think I will send him another one. Subject line: What Bob Costas wants...
Edward R. Murrow said it fairly succinctly, back in 1958, about this threat:
"This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful."
Just when it seemed I couldn't get more disgusted with both Costas and O'Reilly. Costas deserved to be dragged through the ringer; instead O'Reilly agrees with "most of" what he says. Disgusting.
Where's Costas on this one?
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Does Costa now want to ban alcoholic beverages? If his reasoning for placing firearms restrictions or bans on American citizens is sound then it logically applies to alcohol as well.
But wait! That was once accomplished in 1919 with the 18th amendment to the Constitution of the United States. After a 14-year run, Prohibition was judged to be pretty much a bust. The 18th amendment was repealed with the 21st amendment. Banning alcohol makes more sense to me personally than does banning firearms but that's for a separate discussion. In any event, personal responsibility plays a big part with either alcohol or firearms.
On yet another topic, the 21st amendment could be an instructive study on the proper way to repeal the 2nd amendment.
You know how many NFL players drive cars these days? It's a real problem.