A theater* professor in Wisconsin is being censored for a "Firefly" quote. I missed this when it was new. I don't know Firefly, except that even some heavy intellectual types seem to like the show. Maybe this is the villain, or some other contemptible character.
Yet it doesn't matter. It is clearly not being censored for whatever it means in context of the TV series. It is being considered inappropriate, worthy of being ripped down, because it refers to shooting and violence. This is because to many non-gun people it all ties together: America's Love Affair With Guns, and all that. The belief persists, for entirely cultural rather than intellectual reasons, that if we weren't so darn encouraging of all this gun talk that a New Soviet M... excuse me, I meant to write a better type of person would slowly emerge, and we wouldn't have so much violence, because everyone would learn war is not the answer and all that. Not that all those Bambi-kil... I mean hunters aren't necessarily violent people, no, no, they're the salt-of-the-earth, usually, but they just don't see, not like John Lennon that it just encourages people to think that violence solves their problems...
Lots of 'em really think like that, as the story of an entire university that seems unable to understand simple ideas illustrates. As if drugrunners were heavily influenced by cowboy movies, or some other bizarre American-culture-is-the-problem idiocy.
I get it that there are lots of yahoos who own guns, and they leave them around in manners I would consider unsafe. But the folks they kill through that carelessness are their own, it is very few, and it's not what drives the violent crime rate. It's not caring about safety that makes folks want to restrict them, it's caring about whose culture gets to be Big Penis in the USA.
A long rant, I know. The takeaway: too many people think that discouraging certain Other People from speaking, and trying to drum up social sanction against them, will reduce violence. It won't. Violence is driven by entirely different factors.
*Or "Theatre," as we used to say at W&M. If you were really good - and we were - you could discern the difference in pronunciation.