Doing Violence to the Facts

Last week on the local Chicago news, the anchors were clucking over an incident during which a high-school-aged young man boarded a bus and started shooting, killing one boy who shielded a classmate from the bullets. Then came the predictable cries for gun control. Apparently the broadcasters forgot that Chicago already has one of the strictest gun-control regimens in the country. And besides, minors aren’t supposed to have firearms anyway, so what’s one more law going to do?

Then the station cut to the commercials. One of them was for a new movie, Mr. Brooks, about a murderous stalker. Hello? Is anybody in there, McFly? If we want to start to make a real difference against violence, might I suggest we begin with cleaning up the media, which glorify violence for fun and profit?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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