Let's see. A recent study done by the University of British Columbia
confirms that viewing fast-food advertising on TV and other media has a direct
impact on childhood obesity rates. And Superbowl ads can run $3-$4million for a
30-second spot (why pay that much if there was no evidence that it--a 30-SECOND
commercial--will influence consumers). But no one wants to believe
that viewing repeated violence on TV and in the movies has any impact on people
at all. Weird. Now, before you jump to conclusions, I am
NOT saying any of this is the reason that Holmes did what he did. But we live in
an increasingly nihilistic society that has witnessed a cascading erosion of all
of our social institutions--family, schools, government,etc. And we are
surprised when something like this happens? No, gun control is not the answer to
Can someone tell me please, why it is legal for a private citizen to buy or own
an assault rifle such as the AR-15? What legitimate purpose can such a gun
serve, outside of the military and law enforcement? Don't tell me that
American's have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms and this
sort of weapon therefore cannot be regulated. There are many weapons that we as
individuals are not allowed to own - tanks, explosive devices, anti-aircraft
missiles, etc. We need to get more sensible about letting anyone go out and buy
weapons like this.
After the shootings in Columbine, Roger Ebert was interviewed by a CNN employee
regarding violence in movies and its influence on youth. Part of his reply
was:"In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far
less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news
media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them. I
commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no
longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off
the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking
heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.”Great response!
Clearly the perpetrator has deep psychological issues. Family and
home environment are key factors in a child's development. Does the child
grow up feeling secure and safe? What is the atmosphere like in the home, what
behavior and attitudes do the parent(s) model? Children are also born with
unique and individual personalities and traits that determine how they respond
to their environment. So, it is often difficult to come to clear conclusions.
Sometimes it seems obvious why people commit violent acts. Other times not.
Exposure to violence does result in desensitization. Children
should be protected from exposure to violence. During adolescence, peer
influence takes over and parents have less control. I think it is
important to have a discussion on violence. I also think it is important to
discuss the role of guns and the influence of the gun lobby in American society
and whether it is prudent to enact some limits.
What annoys me the most is parent bringing their young children to see these
violent movies. I've gone to late shows and see parents with very young
children in attendance. Children should be in bed at this hour. Parents are
being irresponsible when they don't hire a babysitter, and they're
selfish as well.
Do you honestly believe that James Holmes went on this horrific rampage because
he was not taught proper values at home? Or because he watched too much violence
on TV or in the movies?Seriously?What about the hundreds
of millions of people around the world who come from homes that don't teach
"values", and who watch huge quantities of violence on TV and in movies
-- but who do NOT go on shooting rampages?Scientifically, the
alleged causal connection between lack of "values" at home or violence
in the media just does not hold up.Do not try to make sense of, or
find a rational explanation for, an insane, irrational act. And certainly do not
try to constrain our freedoms even more in some naive attempt to close the barn
doors although the horses have already escaped!
Oh Pendergast. Values can and should be taught everywhere my friend. A
sprinkling of values in the midst of the writing, reading and logic is value
added teaching. Even in our places of employment we can and should cease upon
opportunities to reinforce values in our society. It is the fear of promoting
values that has resulted in a valueless society in many quarters.
per Wayne Rout 5:26 a.m. July 22, 2012Violent entertainment is big
business. Will the corporations regulate themselves or will the bottom line
trump reason & common sense?p.s. values should be taught at
home. reading, writing, logic/critical thinking should be taught at school
How is it that people can say "Guns don't kill people. People kill
people" and now start to say "Guns don't kill people. Movies kill
Movies, TV and video games are lowing the standards and values of this country.
Failure to teach positive values in the schools as well as the demographics of
the population are also factors. We are watching the decline of this country
and I fear that the end is closer than any of us suspect.