Matthew's attempt to get revenge for a humiliation by some high-school bullies lands one of them in the hospital, which causes the teen's younger brother to seek his own revenge. Meanwhile,... See full summary »

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Matthew's attempt to get revenge for a humiliation by some high-school bullies lands one of them in the hospital, which causes the teen's younger brother to seek his own revenge. Meanwhile, Mayor Harris' decision to roll back deputy salaries inspires a round of "blue flu" with Kenny and Maxine. Written by G Funk

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14 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Guns and the insane attitude of America
6 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is something wrong with a country where other countries issue warnings about traveling to or visiting our country. This episode show how guns permeate our society and because of groups such as the NRA pressures congressmen, senators or anyone who can take any positive action to at least put sensible restrictions on guns. The thing this episode shows, and I don't see it as liberal propaganda, are the dangers of how easy children have access to deadly weapons. The final scene surprised me and said more about the entire milieu of the entire situation than most shows could say in an hour.

What prompted this review is the fact that I remembered Picket Fences as a surprisingly funny and also topical but I had forgotten how serious some of these shows were but after viewing this I looked up the date it originally aired and was surprised that it was 5 years before the Columbine shootings which made me realize how bad this gun situation was long before I even thought of it. We continue to pray about the slaughter of innocent children and adults yet take no serious action to do anything about it.

This episode made me think a little deeper about the whole situation we have and that guns are part of a larger problem which is how we have progressively over the years become better and better at self justification, rationalization and just plain not taking responsibility for our actions as a society as a whole. After Columbine, the first step at rationalization came about with the excuse of so-called bullying. Sure, bullying is an ugly and negative thing. However, talking with many people my age, we practically considered it a rite of passage. All the younger kids or virtually all got bullied at some time or the other but none of us thought we should kill people. We said, "I'd like to kill that SOB!" but we didn't really mean it. With smart phones and social media the level of bullying is much worse yet getting a gun and killing people is immature, insane and especially irresponsible.

I learned to hunt with a shotgun when I was still in elementary school and was taught by my father how to use a gun safely and responsibly. Most people I grew up with here in Texas were like me. We also played cowboys and Indians after watching western shows as well as playing war after watching films about war but we knew it was make believe so what has happened to us today? I don't have the answer and I'm not sure anyone has but the proliferation of guns in our society is a problem that is not going away by itself.

This really was a thought provoking episode which presented a serious and realistic problem. Did it give us any answers? I think not but perhaps if we had a few more shows that did provoke citizens to really reflect on the problem rather than just become more polarized we might be on the path to at least some answers.


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