Making gun violence about mental health is a crazy idea.–Jonathan M. Metzl, professor of sociology and psychiatry, and director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University.
Comments seen on Tom Reed’s facebook page:
- It’s the guns, Tom.
- Let’s talk about requiring insurance for gun owners.
Two movies dealing with the responsibility of ownership:
- Stray Dog (野良犬, Nora Inu), a 1949 Japanese crime drama film, directed by Akira Kurosawa starring Toshiro Mifune.
- Babel, a 2006 drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu written by Guillermo Arriaga.
We are often told that responsible gun owners have certain rights. These movies address the question of responsibility.
Stray Dog–A policeman’s gun is stolen. The policeman considers himself personally responsible for the loss of his weapon. As the stolen gun is used in crimes, the policeman relentlessly works to arrest the thief and recover the stolen gun.
This movie gives one an idea of how seriously firearms are taken in Japan, which helps one to understand why crimes with firearms are rare there. Haruki Murakami’s novel, “1Q84,” is also enlightening. The book’s heroine, Aomame, contemplating suicide, asks her bodyguard to procure a gun. He tells her that it can be done, it is difficult and dangerous, and it would be far better for all if it were never used.
Babel–A Japanese hunter gives his Moroccan guide his hunting rifle. The guide passes the rifle on to his son, who soon is in big trouble. The hunter, back in Tokyo, is eventually questioned by the police.
This movie, Babel, is complicated, but it is clear, that while the hunter may bear no legal responsibility, he has a moral responsibility for his action.