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Published: Sunday, Jan. 6 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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one old man
Ogden, UT

This is obviously some kind of socialist plot to weaken America. If we teach people to be peaceful, they won't need guns any more and that will violate the Second Amendment.

one old man
Ogden, UT

But if we teach kids to become peaceful adults, what will happen to all those weapons producers and salesmen?

Casa Grande, AZ

I think it's a particular segment of the population that enjoys watching violence, usually boys and men.

We are trending towards a much less violent society than even two hundred years ago when torturing animals was a local entertainment repeated millions of times at each local. They used to burn cats alive as a show and beat live animals in children's games. Public torture of people in the town square was common 500 years ago. The inquisition everyone knows.

Unfortunately, the US is the third world when it comes to violence in movies, video games, the gun culture and actual homicide rates. We have a long way to go here and our guns and overly large military have a lot to do with it.

There's an interesting phenomena is social science where they have with many studies shown that the presence of a weapon makes people act more aggressively. They call it "the weapons effect" and they have proven that even a picture of a gun causes increased aggression. So imagine 20 guns in a home with a bunch of little boys....

The documentary, "Bowling for Columbine" does a good job explaining it as well.

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