Joker: The Mainstream Media Wants a Mass Shooting

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Jack Parkos | @laissez_faire76

Since its release last week, Joker brought in a record-breaking $96 million dollars in North America on its opening weekend. This tops previous record holder, Venom, which made $80 million dollars last October. Moreover, it has one of the highest-ranked opening weekends for an R-rated film.

Joker has earned this R-rating, containing mature themes, violent images, and heavy scenes. With this R-rating comes mass controversy in the film. Many have described the film as being “too violent” or “disturbing”. The real controversy is the worries about violent acts being inspired by the film.

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Mass Shootings Are a Politician’s Best Friend

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Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Last Saturday, a mass shooter killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Just one day later, another gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine. Unsurprisingly, politicians have used the tragic events as an immediate reason to call for increased gun control. At the end of the day, their claims simplify to two main points; first, that the mass shootings are indicative of a major American violence problem, and second, that this problem exists because we don’t have enough gun control. Both of these points are moot. Mass shootings are, ultimately, a tool that politicians use to further their ends.

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Ghost Guns are the Solution to Restrictive Gun Control

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Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

America was struck this week with a hail storm of tragedy. This week there were three mass shootings- one in El Paso Texas, one in Dayton Ohio, and one in Gilroy California. The gunmen in these various crimes murdered, in all, at least 32 from the time of writing. So far in 2019 alone, there have been at least 17 deadly mass shootings in America. These bi-monthly cataclysms make America a unique figure amongst first world countries in the most shameful way possible. Among nations with gun control, America tops the list in the category of number mass shootings.

These murders and their following heartaches motivate people to enact restrictive gun legislation in the name of public safety. But this is not the answer. What is less obvious is the way we ought to combat restrictive gun control. The answer lies in the kryptonite to all gun regulation, Cody Wilson’s Ghost Gun

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Police Brutality Kills 10x More People than Mass Shootings

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Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

In today’s America, mass shootings are a very unfortunate reality. Each event a tragic stain on our history, it can be difficult to fathom exactly how to solve the problem. A pattern follows, and the country begins a discussion of solutions involving gun control, which some empirical data suggests will not work. Even then, however, we’re missing a critical cause of American deaths that kills even more people than mass shootings do: police brutality.

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The Truth About Mass Shootings in America

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Ryan Lau | @agorisms

Without a doubt, mass shootings are a major issue in the United States today. Too often, a gunman opens fire and kills innocent people. As a result, many American citizens and officeholders alike are calling for drastic increases in gun control. They believe that doing so will help to reduce gun violence in America.

To defend this point, two figures are often touted; that there is nearly a mass shooting a day in America and that our country is a radical outlier in mass shootings and violence. Ultimately, though, neither of these points rings true. Both reside on a faulty foundation that involves manipulating the facts.

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