The nightmare in Newtown, Conn., has provoked an outcry for tighter firearms laws. Instead, we desperately need a change in culture and a change in entertainment media laws.
In my high school in 1950, a student’s vehicle might have a rifle or shotgun which enabled game-hunting after school. Indeed, one student kept his shotgun in a school locker because he and the shop teacher liked to go pheasant hunting. It never crossed our mind to shoot a fellow student, much less a teacher. The cultural attitude was different from today.
One big cultural change has been the movies featuring blood-spattered …