No spoilers ahead, only disappointment and unmet expectations (and I’m not talking about the new X-Men film Dark Pheonix either). In the wake of another terrible massacre in Virginia beach, the Trump administration now shows interest in granting anti-gun liberals a sacrifice in order to satisfy their rage by considering a ban on silencers for firearms (such as the one which was used by the gunman in the recent shooting).
Was there an epidemic of shootings with silencers prior to Virginia Beach? No, but not much needed to happen before bump stocks were banned via executive fiat. This may not seem like a big issue to many on the left and the right but regardless as to which administration is running things, small and quiet chipping away of private property and civil liberties always leads to the road to serfdom.
Nothing really made me ponder this concept of reactionary decisions and distill it down to its core essence as well as the recent film Dark Pheonix. [Not a Spoiler] At one point in the film the heroic X-Men are beloved by the public, free to live as themselves, and Professor X is even in direct contact with the President of the United States. All that needs to happen is for one rogue mutant to murder some cops and within a few minutes of the attack, the fictional President begins rounding up all mutants to put them in internment camps. Now at face value, the story writing and pace that surrounded that moment seemed a little ridiculous, but it made me ask myself, “do we really have people in government who make terrible decisions based solely on gut reactions and public opinion?” Now you’re probably feeling as uncomfortable as I am when you take a silly fictional situation and realize it’s not as ridiculous at it seems. If anything, I owe the film writers an apology for thinking that scene was a bit too bloated.
When we jump first to blame objects instead of people, when we demand a civil sacrifice to fix issues they can never compensate for, when we lash at the innocent to punish the wicked, what have we gained? How are we better and safer now than we were before the travesty? If anything, now the victim count is higher, the costs are heavier, and the criminal has achieved more than he ever possibly considered he could get away with.