Over the last 11 days i have listened and read many sources on the July 20th shooting at the Batman midnight release in Aurora, Colorado. There have been many disturbing questions raised and issues, such as gun control, have leaped to the for-front inthe political world. However, there are some questions that I feel have not been addressed and for the life of me i don’t know why. First, the issue of gun control is completely wrong. Gun control is only effective at the people who legally own guns. Increasing the laws on gun-owners will not solve anything because the people who really want guns to cause damage to America will find ways to get them, it’s just a disturbing truth. I myself do not want answers from the government about gun control. I am most curious as to where a man can acquire all of the bullet proof armor he was wearing. His assault rifle was manufactured by Smith and Wesson so that answered my question of where he acquired that, but I stil am curious as to where a normal citizen can go and buy bullet proof armor. The second question I have involves the children injured in the attack. The youngest was a 4 month year old baby and there was also a six-year old injured in the attack. Yes, both children recovered fine, but why were they there in the first place? A 4-month year old baby should not be any where near the Dark Knight Rises or any other PG-13 movie, whose rating is for young kids who are within a couple years of being 13. The PG-13 parental exception shouldn’t be used for babies and young children who are nowhere near the age cut off. If we recall The Dark Knight, one of the most popular movies of the 2000s, the PG-13rating on that movie was generous. From a man being stabbed by a pencil, to the grenade in a man’s mouth, to the burning of a man on a stack of money, to the crudely stitched bomb in a man’s stomach, and finally children being held at gun point, the movie was filled with scenes that were clearly not appropriate for a 6year old, let alone a baby. We had no reason to assume the Dark Knight Rises wouldn’t push the limit between PG-13 and R as its predecessor did in 2009 so why were the kids of extremely young ages there in the first place?
The NBA finals is mercifully over and with it ends a season we all hope can be forgotten quickly. The NBA playoffs were a joke; an absolute disgrace. From the second round on, in the Eastern Conference specifically, the refs undermined the players and coaches by taking the game into their own hands and directly influencing the outcome of the 2012 playoffs. Any non-biased basketball fan could see it.The Miami Heat even being in the finals was a joke. Dwayne Wade should have been suspended for his take down of Darren Collison back in Round 2. Commissioner Stern’s track record with Wade’s low-class antics and hits has been consistent; never punish Dwayne Wade even if he hits someone from behind when they do not have the basketball. It’s disgusting to watch. Stern gets what he wants and this year he wanted LeBron and friends to get a ring for the ratings. No san person will believe that LeBron would guard Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant the greatest pure scorer on the planet, and only foul him 1 time in 43 minutes? While Durant fouls LeBron 5 times? You have got to be kidding me. No defender is THAT good. To every night and only get 1-2 fouls guarding him for 43 minutes when you’re as big as LeBron? Please, we all know that isn’t true. I’m not going to recount every call. You watched it. Unless your one of the three legitimate Heat fans and their bandwagoneers, then you know that the reffing has been disgraceful, embarrassing, and very suspect in its integrity. Hopefully, other fans are as outraged as I am and will stop watching the games until the NBA fixes their officials and gets a game that has fair competition. If any of you watched the NHL finals, you didn’t see the refs taking over the game for every hit, or every extracurricular punch, or every slash and trip because it is the finals and you don’t want a tickey tack call to sway the outcome of the game in someone’s favor. Yet in the NBA finals we see the refs influencing the game, putting stars like Durant on the bench to give Lebron free rein. We see them blowing calls such as a goaltend on a double blocked shot that never came close to the backboard. They even have instant replay and continue to get calls wrong. As a fan it is infuriating and I expect a better product from a professional organization. So with it being over, and I did not watch a game after game 2 due to officials, I encourage everyone to get ready for real sports, like football and look forward to hockey, and forget about the joke of a league and organization that is the NBA.
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