Over the past several weeks, I have read several editorials about gun control and what must be done to make America safer. The writers of these articles pretty much agree on using background checks and limiting magazine size. I don’t know if these will work, but I do have some ideas of my own.
British author Edward Bulwer-Lyttton coined the phrase, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Throughout history, millions of people have died because of the writings of radicals advocating violence against groups of people. Sometimes reporting by the media causes people to riot and and turn into deadly mobs.
Something must be done to curb this terrible violence. We should have background checks on writers to make sure there isn’t a history of mental disease and/or drug abuse. Nothing scares me more than an unstable, drugged-up writer or journalist using his or her pen to stir the masses up into a frenzy.
Another idea I have is limiting print media reporting to only 10 sentences per story. This will make sure unstable, radical writers won’t have enough space to write their mind-bending stories. I am not advocating changing the First Amendment; I think freedom of speech is necessary for a democracy to survive, but I do believe we need some common-sense laws to protect our society from the rantings of an out-of-control writing establishment.
If these ideas will save just one person, it will make this small sacrifice worthwhile.