So, in case you missed it, there’s this guy who shot his daughter’s laptop like 8 times because she complained about her parents on facebook.
On many levels this is hilarious.
There’s this guy who might as well have “I am a Southern US stereotype” tattoed on his forehead sitting in his chair, smoking a cigarette, and getting increasingly indignant and folksy because, shockingly, his teenage daughter complained to her friends about her parents again despite being told not to. And when this guy was a kid he worked and went to college and did chores and took care of himself and did even more chores and walked up hill to school both ways barefoot in the snow while continuously respecting his elders.
He is upset by his daughter’s disobedience. So, naturally, he’s going to solve this problem by shooting it. Because that’s what you do with sonbitch problems. Ya shoot ‘em. That’ll learn them teenage girls. She’ll never, ever complain about her parents ever again, I tell you what.
I’ve been thinking a lot about politics and general discourse lately. Which is to say I’ve been racking my brain to understand the appeal of Rick Santorum and increasingly coming around to the belief that general discourse would be greatly improved if people simply embraced the idea that it’s just not okay to act like a dick even if you’re really, really angry. So I’ve been reading the discussion surrounding this guy’s “laptop shooting as life lesson” parenting move with this in the back of my mind.
A lot of the discussions seem to come back to conversations about rights. Gun rights (should he have hollow point bullets?) and first amendment and property rights (it was his daughter’s laptop and maybe it had schoolwork or other personal files on it like journals or photos).
I wonder why it has to be about any of that, though. If a guy posts a video of himself putting a bunch of exploding hollow points into his kid’s laptop on his kid’s facebook wall it doesn’t necessarily have to be emblematic of gun control or property rights or the Constitution and how any of that is viewed in America ‘these days.’ He got a million hits because that’s probably not the best, most proportionally appropriate approach to dealing with the problem, as pretty much anyone you know will tell you regardless of how they feel about this guy’s ‘rights’ to deal with a communication gap with his disobedient teenage daughter by shooting away the problem on youtube.
I mean, it’s hilarious. But not so much a parenting manual that millions of Americans are about to follow.