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SHOOTING: Violent videos, films are bigger problem

Letter by Ronald W. Vietz, Edgewood on Dec. 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm | No Comments »
December 17, 2012 3:28 pm

Another tragic event, another call for gun control. Each time, the arguments from each side are the same.

Truly, guns are not the problem. There are so many redundant laws in place; they just need to be enforced.

A bigger problem is the culture of violence that is accepted in our society. Our young people play videos, and movies glorify violence. They play games, even interactive ones, that reward them for the mass slaughter of a given group of victims.

Don’t tell me this isn’t a problem. Our society has experienced a decline in respect for others. It’s not being instilled in our youth. Behavior issues in our youth are not adequately addressed. They’re given excuses – “they’re just kids, they’ll grow out of it”. Our justice system slaps young people on the wrist for crimes that an adult would pay seriously for.

Don’t tell me an average 12-year-old doesn’t realize it’s wrong to steal or hurt others. These “damaged” kids develop into “damaged” adults. It’s easy to blame guns, but addressing the real issues requires taking some responsibilty not only for the solution, but also the cause.

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