Violence? A 5% gratuity is considered polite...

From: Andy Hill <>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 1995 07:12:03 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 25 Apr 1995 wrote:

> Ah, yes. Johnny Quest. Race snatching up a Tommy gun and mowing down
> wave after wave of advancing Horrible Oriental Villains (H.O.V.'s).
> Now THAT was good old-fashioned gratuitous violence! But at least it
> showed the effects of pointing a submachine gun at a person and pulling
> the trigger.

     Yeah, it did! And I know someone who knew Doug Wildey, and this was
only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what was intended.

> Now, indeed, the Kats do seem to be of the same ilk: ordinary fellows who
> possess high-tech weaponry (and obviously some high-level funding on the
> sly!) and know how to use it. But notice a subtle difference. The Kats
> rarely (if ever) kill anyone. The death and devastation in MegaKat City is
> always caused by the Nasty People -- train-eating bacteria, bus-throwing
> mummies -- who are then dispatched by these ordinary citizens who are willing
> to roll their sleeves up and fight.

     Yes. Exactly. Too many cartoons etc teaching people to be McSheep,
and we all know what happens to sheep. These guys are individuals, they
think on their feet, they make intelligent choices, and they aren't
afraid to recognize something wrong and correct it. If that starts to be
labelled "evil" by people who think they know what's best for us,
well...let's just say some of us won't be "sheep McNuggets" for their
dining pleasure.

> Nice message, IMHO

   Agreed. And one that's been shared by police officers protecting the
public, soldiers stopping the threat of Fascism, and reasonable,
responsible citizens who CAN actually tell the difference between the
violence involved in holding up a 7-11, and that involved in protecting
friends, neighbours, and family.


Received on Tue Apr 25 1995 - 10:04:37 PDT

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