Guns don’t kill people, rappers do. True-ish.

Guns don’t kill people, rappers do by Goldie Lookin’ ChainGoldie Lookin’ Chain’s Guns don’t kill people, rappers do is a bit of fun, but I can’t help wondering if there’s some inadvertent truth in the humour. I’m listening while reading HM Government’s Preparing for emergencies (e.g. what to do when al-Qaeda hit this place) and thinking of Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine: the one with Bush saying, ‘Today the Justice Department did issue a ‘Blanket Alert’… in recognition of a general threat… etc.’.

Bowling for Columbine’s often read as a simplistic anti-gun movie, but Moore goes elsewhere. Canadians have even more guns than their neighbours, he explains, yet don’t shoot each other in the US sty-lie. In Moore’s world it’s a culture of fear that breeds violence; stranger-danger, it-could-be-you… kill or be killed. Similarly, while I often enjoy hip-hop from the safety of my middle class life, there’s no doubting that it does explore an often violent culture and that exploration can be mistaken for celebration.

Anyway. Watch the videobuy the record.

Avril Lavigne songwriters paid by the word?……Scared and scary

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