Ever since the Columbine High School massacre over twenty years ago, it appears as though the United States experiences one shooting after the other. Perhaps, most recently, the shooting in Parkland, Florida, is once again sparking the debate on gun control.
One public figure who denounces cases for the proliferation of weapons is Charlize Theron, who stated the argument – which is typically conflated with conservatives – that “adding more guns” to the situation or “arming the teachers” was “outrageous.”
Charlize, who lost her father to gun violence, said her experience with weapons is a personal one. Theron explained, “the argument that the fix is more guns,” is insane.
The Oscar-winner made her comments during a speech at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai. In a statement which echoed that of Marilyn Manson in Michael Moore’s Bowling For Columbine, Theron emphasized the importance of parents “listen(ing) to our kids.”
For further background, after the Columbine Massacre, Manson became the central whipping boy, a scapegoat for all of the blame.
Political pundits and commentators denounced Marilyn as the cause of the shooting because the two boys who shot up the school were fans of his band.
Despite the associations commonly made between Manson and the shooters, the family of other victims said that Manson should not be expected to teach children values. That should be the parents’ job.
Moreover, Manson canceled several concerts out of respect for the victims. In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Manson stated that he didn’t want to give interviews because it would only contribute to the shooters’ goal of infamy.
The shock-rocker used Time Magazine’s cover photo of the two boys as evidence. The media gave them precisely what they desired.