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Entertainment and Gun Violence

February 18th 2013 14:42
One the earliest notorious acts of gun violence I can recall was the Columbine High School Massacre in Colorado that left 12 students dead and one teacher. The two young men who took their own lives were considered outcasts that had been repeatedly tormented by other students. After the shooting, investigators found out that the two boys enjoyed playing the video game Doom and listened to Marilyn Manson so the irate community pointed the finger on the entertainment industry for this tragedy. If music, video games and lets say violent movies like the Matrix was to blame wouldnít there be mass shootings every weekend? If you turn on the T.V. youíll notice there seems to be a lot of movies with guns and explosions in them but thatís O.K. because common sense will tell you its just an illusion/act and should not be taken seriously.
Columbine, Virginia Teach, the mall in Oregon, the theater in Colorado, and Newton all occurred involving individuals with mental problems. What went wrong was their needed to be proper background checks that could involve psych evaluations. The Sandy Hook shooter didnít purchase the weapons he used rather he took them from his mother who was a responsible gun owner. This leads me to believe that during background investigations on potential gun owners perhaps we should examine the mental state of close family members as well.
Chris Dodd who is chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America dismissed allegations that movies played a definitive role in real gun violence.Your text goes here He pushed the blame on mental health systems and facilities even implying that their not doing a good enough job with troubled youth. I find it ironic how extremely violent movies like Natural born Killers and American Psycho are played on a constant loop while films involving nudity and sex are considered worse for American standards. When I visited Italy as a child I noticed there was hardly any violent shows but the commercials had naked women running in them!
The NRAís stance on these killings is that most gun laws are highly adequate they simply need to be enforced better with emphasis on mental health. In the end films did influence the Aurora Movie Theater Shooter as he ran around pretending he was the Joker from Batman. Should the film industry stop making violent films used for entertainment purposes? I donít think we should change our pop culture instead parents should listen to their kids and see how their doing/feeling emotionally. Be aware of whatís going on in your childrenís lives! They should know the difference between laser tag and reality.

"When we got organized as a country, [and] wrote a fairly radical Constitution, with a radical Bill of Rights, giving radical amounts of freedom to Americans, it was assumed that Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly.... When personal freedom is being abused, you have to move to limit it."
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Comment by Jim Stillman

February 20th 2013 15:23
After nearly all shootings, the neighbors and co-workers attest to the weird behavior of the killer; but nothing was done. In many cases there were Facebook posts by the perpetrator clearly expressing his hostility toward the world or to a group; these were also ignored. In the Columbine case, how could be parents be unaware that their children were acting, to say the least, bizarre and wearing Goth clothes? How can children amass an arsenal unknown to the parents?

Yes, better and more available mental health resources are needed. The first step, however, is to focus on the warning signs and make prompt response.

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