How effective would public service "messages" on TV by high profile figures against gun violence be?
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It would need to be an ongoing concerted effort by such people. Also, a lot of money to back this project would be needed to counter the huge amounts of money which would be put up in opposition by the gun lobbies.
The people who now benefit from the way things are would put up a tremendous fight be preserve the status quo. There would be false stories and all types of shannanigans. In America The Constitution would probably need to be amended so 'the right to bear arms' would be deleted.
It is said, "Where there's a will there's as way." The will would need to come from a lot of people, or a few willing to go out to the many - and for a long time - until the 'critical mass' or 'tipping point' is reached and it becomes truly onerous and generally regarded as despicable to support guns and armaments in general.
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It would have zero effect. There are lots of ads already against all kinds of violence, particularly in places like Chicago and Detroit. The problem is too complicated for public service announcements. A culture of violence has taken hold and I don't know how we stop it short of martial law in a lot of neighborhoods. An expanded ATF maybe? Aggressive enforcement of existing gun laws might help, but with so many guns on the street, the cat's out of the bag.
The Will Smith story is sad. But not unexpected. A rich guy with a gun was hit by a jerk with a gun. Someone dies. Story at 11. Can't anyone just exchange registration and insurance? Granted, if neither had a weapon, they are both alive tonight.
25 years ago if there was a traffic accident, how many people drew guns. We'll never be certain, but road rage and shootings post accident were still unusual in most places. It's more than just too many guns.
A callousness about life in general is now pervasive. Suicides are near record levels in both the U.S. (and Britian). Showing the victims dead bodies might help. I know it sounds terrible. But having highschoolers visit a morgue before graduating could scare people straight. "This is where you end up, like a piece of meat. Stop shooting each other." Desperate move? Yes. Could save one life.
Public service messages by celebrities won't offset the rappers glorified for talking about selling drugs, killing rivals and cops and having ho's.
The best long term solution is rebuilding the black family, because children raised outside of wedlock have 2-3 times greater odds of:
* drug addiction
* mental illness
* being held back in school
* joining a gang
* dropping out of school
* going to jail
When blacks have an 80% illegitimacy rate, versus whites' 30%, you'll get 2-3 times as many kids with bad outcomes. That's not racism but a social deterioration. And you won't get the violence down until you get responsible fathers keeping their teenaged boys in check, instead of acting like the violent thugs glorified by their subculture.
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