Gun Grabber Bio: Leonard Berkowitz
It’s important to understand the irrational Leftist Gun Grabbers this series helps to do that.
I’ve been told that Leonard Berkowitz was a Social Psychology dynamo. I have also been told that Sigmund Freud was absolutely right, but I don’t remember having a sexual attraction to my mother. I think the way educational institutions handle the spreading of information is like the way a foreign country’s view of a devastating war differs from the United States History books. Wherever you are, there’s a different story. In the Case of Leonard Berkowitz, I’m not sure this guy should be allowed to use scissors, and enough with the whole: letting him analyze people, he’s not doing a very good job.
Berkowitz once made a mock carnival and put a clown behind a booth with a gun next to him. Kids threw more wet sponges at the clown with the gun than the clown without one. Go figure. Berkowitz claimed that it meant the guns incited violence.
In fact Leonard Berowitz’s popular (amongst gun grabbers) “weapons effect” has spawned hundreds of similar theories which seem to suggest that people who are around guns are more likely to feel violent and act upon anger and aggression BROUGHT ON BY THE GUN!?!!? Here we have the “magical angry gun syndrome” (I proposed this syndrome myself actually), a theory where inanimate objects play mind control tricks on unsuspecting criminals and force them to further their criminal records. It’s not the criminals fault: it’s the guns fault: afterall, the gun wasn’t even a legally obtained one, and the gun had been taunting the criminal all day to use him. In the “Magical Angry Gun Syndrom”: MAGS for short, the gun causes all societal problems and is obviously the reason for human violence, as proven by the many thousands of years of complete NON-VIOLENCE enjoyed prior to the firearm’s introduction sometime around the early 1300’s. Prior to that time, no death, violence or concern ever took place. Thanks a lot black evil guns: now look what you’ve done.
Back to Leonard Berkowitz, his theory was that stimulus connected to violence in some way caused the human mind to revert back to infancy and perform only feral actions. He said: “the finger pulls the trigger, but the trigger may also pull the finger.” Well, there you have it folks, Mr. Leonard Berkowitz just never had a basic gun safety course, or he would have known that trigger fingers aren’t even supposed to be on the trigger until we are sure we want to shoot; furthermore, where did he get his study material from? I’ve never seen a trigger that could reverse its natural inclination to be pulled, to instead to the pulling. That truly is magical. I need to see that gun, because we could save a lot of injured fingers if we could diagnose the finger pulling triggers and isolate them from society.
There was another Berkowitz that’s noted for believing things can prompt a human being to kill another, even though those things can’t talk. David Berkowitz believed the possessed dog living next door made him kill people. He’s known as the “Son of Sam” a famous serial killer, who, get this: used a gun. But he didn’t admit to even hearing the gun speak to him, only the possessed dog.
I’m sure the Berkowitz clan is so proud of these two.
I’m going to state the obvious now:
The work performed by Leonard Berkowitz was highly experimental.
He wanted students to shock objects that were associated with violence after watching violent movies. When he explained what needed to be done by the student he had guns on his desk. He also hand picked his subjects from the hundreds of brownnosers looking for high grades in his class. Yeah, we know: there’s no way those results might be skewed.
Well, just like we (and Leonard Berkowitz) anticipated, students shocked guns more than spoons.
Now, I will credit Leonard Berkowitz with this: he believed that children playing with guns are more aggressive than other kids. I don’t know what his actual results were, or where it’s published, as quite frankly, he lost me after the clowns with wet sponges and a gun experiment, but I tend to agree with him on this point. I don’t let my kids play guns. My children respect firearms; they do not tote them as if they were third world terrorist children. Firearms are too dangerous to be put into the hands of those who can barely decide the difference between a bologna sandwich and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, other than that one taste better than the other when you crunch up potato chips inside of it.
Kids shouldn’t play with guns. But similarly, those who can’t separate reality from fiction (Leonard Berkowitz is a perfect example) shouldn’t be able to “perform authoritative studies that are deemed reliable”.
What I’m curious about is this: what did Leonard Berkowitz’ psychotherapist think about his situation? He was a man who believed a gun made people kill others. Don’t we put people in jail for having thoughts like that in America? What’s next? Talking Geckos? (thinly veiled GEICO plug immediately preceeding).
Leonard Berkowitz perhaps had some good intentions, but facts always trump fake. Hey, Leonard Berkowitz, Did you factor in the percentage of children who already hate clowns? Or did you just pick a clown because they are so lovable, no matter if some of them are pedophiles with drinking problems living in their mother’s basements?
This has been another public service message for the people against Magical Angry Gun Syndrome.