If you want to bring down the levels of violence in New Jersey don't hold your breath. The Rutgers Super PAC hobnobs with the entertainment industry and there is money in violence.
Think about it. France passed legislation a few years ago that bans overly thin models from the fashion industry because studies show that young women are influenced by the sight of these models to develop eating disorders. Britain is looking to ban the consumption of alcohol on broadcasts because government studies show that it leads to alcohol-related disorders. Here in America, we have long banned tobacco commercials for the same reason. But politicians tell us to believe that subjecting an average child to 8,000 murders on TV before finishing elementary school and, by age eighteen, 200,000 acts of violence on TV, including 40,000 murders, will have no effect on his or her development at all.
We've known that violent-content acts like a drug on childhood development since President Bill Clinton first highlighted the problem in the 1990's. He pointed to study after study and the marketing documents of the entertainment industry itself. All the evidence was there. And then the entertainment industry increased its campaign contributions by 1,000 percent and spent hundreds of millions on lobbying and soft money to convince Congress to forget every study it had read.
Bathed in this new-found ignorance, members of the New Jersey Senate happily allow their grandchildren to watch a Tarantino bloodbath on TV, while they strip single moms of the right to defend themselves and their children. "Rely on the police," they are told when -- because of the economy people like the Senators have bestowed on them -- they must live and work in dangerous areas and police response times are simply too long. You and your children can not hide for that long a time and expect to survive.
Of course, the Senators have money and live in low crime areas with good police protection. And although they work in Trenton, they work in buildings protected by dozens and dozens of men with guns. Thick, burly, well-trained men who know how to kill if the need arises. The Senators value their lives, even as they devalue the lives of everyone else. As do the rich "activists" like the billionaire Bloomberg and all those Hollywood people and New York celebrities from the ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.
Their message is simple: We want to make a fashion statement that overturns the Bill of Rights and leaves the poor, working, and middle classes defenseless -- while we make wheelbarrows full of money feeding the culture of violence.
Now Bernie Sanders, the Senator from Vermont (where the Second Amendment is alive and well), is calling out the legal bribery that allows the entertainment industry and others to buy politicians and give us laws nobody wants, while blocking laws everybody is asking for. Bernie Sanders is coming after Sue McCue and the Rutgers Super PAC. And if he has his way, the process of legal bribery will become illegal again.
Here is an instructive video featuring Professor Elizabeth Warren, the Senator from Massachusetts. In it, Mrs. Warren dispels forever the myth that donors simply pay for "access."