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The Zombification of America: Nine Year Old Kills With Uzi

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Tonight we explore some of the psychological and social meaning behind a news story that tells of a nine year old girl accidently killing a shooting instructor when she lost control of the Uzi machine gun she was firing at a range in Arizona. The child was on vacation with her family when she was brought to a facility that often allows children to act out our collective fantasy to shoot deadly weapons. The range then offers helicopter trips to see the grand canyon. The story is gererally presented in the media as just another tragic accident in the normal, moral life of an American family. We will try and explain why it is normal and moral for children to fire weapons of mass destruction as part of our ongoing dehumanization and zombification. I will also retell the story of the beheading of two reporters in Iraq and the trouble in Ferguson ans why these incidents are also normal and moral. Finally, we will discuss the cliche and myth that there are "good" people and "bad" people.