Any Madonna fans out there??? Check out her new music video, embedded below, called “God Control.” In it, the 60-year-old songwriter uses graphic imagery, a shooting at a night club, to marshal the masses against the Second Amendment.
“This is your wake up call,” said the Queen of Pop upon releasing the video Wednesday. “Gun violence disproportionately affects children, teenagers and the marginalized in our communities. Honor the victims and demand GUN CONTROL. NOW.”
“Volunteer, stand up, donate, reach out. Wake up and insist on common-sense gun safety legislation. Innocent lives depend on it,” she added while inviting fans and viewers to join pro-gun-control organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety and March for Our Lives.
Madonna, like so many other celebs, lacks perspective. Despite what the mainstream media says over and over and over again, gun violence has not reached “epidemic” proportions in recent years. Society is, in fact, much safer today than it was in the ’80s and ’90s.
To give you one example, Madonna cites gun violence against children in her statement. Does she know that children were four times more likely to get gunned down in schools in the early ’90s than they are today?
I doubt it.
As James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern pointed out last year in an eye-opening report following the Parkland attack, “There is not an epidemic of school shootings.”
Fox, who is known for his unbiased research on mass killings, noted that more kids die each year swimming in pools and riding bikes than are murdered at the hand of a school shooter.
The professor also said that while he favors banning bump stocks and raising the purchase age of black rifles from 18 to 21, he doesn’t believe that any specific policy would stop a determined killer.
“The thing to remember is that these are extremely rare events, and no matter what you can come up with to prevent it, the shooter will have a workaround,” Fox explained, pointing out that over the past 35 years there have been only five cases where an 18- to 20-year-old used an “assault weapon” in a mass killing.
Does this mean we do nothing to prevent these tragedies? Of course not. Better school security, better counseling for troubled students, better parenting — would all help to make a positive difference on this front.
What doesn’t help, though, is when an uninformed pop star calls for sweeping policies designed to strip away the singular Amendment that safeguards our freedoms, including our right to defend ourselves and our children from those who would do us harm.