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Published: Saturday, Jan. 12 2013 4:20 p.m. MST

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Eugene, OR

When someone walks into a public place and murders people with a DVD of a violent movie, you might have an argument. As davidctr has said, movies already have far more strict universal regulation than guns do. Your clear obsession with demonizing Quentin Tarantino just smacks of trying to change the topic and deflect the blame. There may not be one answer that will solve this, but the availability of assault weapons is a factor that must be discussed. Too bad you're bending over backwards to not do it.

Sandy, UT

@Davidctr, guns are regulated. Try go go buy a gun. They will.do a background check on you. Also, you will not be able to get a full auto like an AK47. Switzerland has higher gun ownership than the US, but much less gun crime. Moreover, which of the nutcases who have gone one a shooting spree were legal gun owners? It is more about making sure you lock up you guns if you have a mentally Ill person in your house. I would much rather infringe the first amendment rights of Hollywood by further restricting violent movies than take away the rights of law abiding citizens to own guns.

Cinci Man

Don't forget the most reliable source on God's planet, Arnold Swarchenegger says that violence in games and movies has no effect on kids or adults who commit violence against people. I am ashamed that I ever spent a nickle on movies he made. Hollywood actors like him say more things that make them look foolish and uneducated than they do saying things that are intelligent. Next thing we know he'll say that infidelity doesn't have any effect on families. What a guy!

Medical Lake, Washington

I don't approve of the high quality and realistic violence that now is so much a part of society. As well, even the news on TV and such is not shy about showing the gore that results from a masacre or invasion -- or even a domestic violence situation.

More and more we as parents are needing to be the filters that even the most sophisticated computer can't be. We have to stop relying on DVDs, Internet and Gameboys to be our inexpensive baby sitters. A simple game of kick the can is many times better than the latest X-box adventure.

We are losing our connection to reality through media which promises vengeance without pain, bullying without victims and violence without consequences. Our children seem to be growning up thinking that when they swing that magic sword or pull that electronic trigger that no one will really get hurt.

Anyone for a nice game of kick ball?

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I like what one person said. We have to realistically look at what these images do at a smaller level. Tragic as they are, school shooting and mass murderers are extremely rare events. However, bullying, other acts of violence, domestic violence, and other aggressive behaviors. I know we want to see the impact at these huge levels but probably the more devastating impacts of media and video games and how they impact people might be at a smaller, everyday level. Just a thought...

KC Mormon
Edgerton, KS

Here is the reason I am willing to say the violence in the media is directly related to the violence in society. In WWI the US Army had a problem with about 13% of soldiers not pulling the trigger the first time they were in combat. They recognized they had a problem and by WWII they began use using human silhouette targets for training this reduced the number down below 3%. This was still too high and by Vietnam they began developing simulation training. This was the beginning of many of the video games of today. They add to that some of the cadences and sayings, such as Airborne Ranger or the Spirit of the Bayonet, and the number that will not pull the trigger has dropped to less than 1%. if it has that much of an impact on grown men how much of an impact does it have on our children? This is actually something any parent can test for themselves. Simply take the violent games and movies away for one week and see what difference you see. You will be amazed.

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

Does Violence on TV and in movies affect children? To quote my kids. Duhhhhh!!!!1

Salt Lake City, UT

Article: "When Osborn realized everyone else in the theater that day was guffawing at violent content she found appalling, she made a decision: no more going to movie theaters."

Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water. The statement is unclear as to whether Osborn gave up movies entirely or just the public theater-going experience, but either seems an extreme response. While watching movies at home has some advantages, there is something to be said for the communal experience of watching a film in a theater. Besides the technical advantages (big screen, professional sound), there is the collective emotional response. Even if nothing is vocalized, there are the barely audible gasps and the shifting in seats and other signs of audience reaction. Sure, there are cases where someone may be significantly out of sync with the crowd mood (as Osborn was) and there are the rude texters and talkers, but to give up on the theater experience after one bad experience betrays seismic oversensitivity. A little research (how about reading reviews first?) can help. Maybe she can find a theater with a more mature customer base (like SLC's Broadway) rather than a mall megaplex.

Rural sport fan

Beverly...you are absolutely incorrect in your comment that the "only" difference between our country and the rest of the European countries is access to guns.

For instance, in some European countries, kids can drink at 16, but can't drive until they are 18. And in many European countries, violence is actually higher than in the US...it just usually involves knives or fists.

Violence isn't a uniquely American problem, nor is it caused by video or the media or guns. It is a HUMAN problem, and until families start teaching their kids how to act, and getting help for the one's that cannot control themselves, it will remain a problem.

davidctr...you are also wrong. Gun control is NOT the real issue here, and would do nothing to stop criminals or the insane. It might make it harder for them to use guns, but then...that also makes it harder for ME to use a gun to defend myself.

The REAL issue here is our changing culture, and how families are failing to raise their kids right.

Salt Lake City, UT

Really? Yet another editorial atacking Terinitino. Amazing.

"guns are regulated. Try go go buy a gun. They will.do a background check on you. Also, you will not be able to get a full auto like an AK47. Switzerland has higher gun ownership than the US,"

RBB, neither of these statements are true.

"I would much rather infringe the first amendment rights of Hollywood by further restricting violent movies than take away the rights of law abiding citizens to own guns."

That's what I love about conservatives. For as much as they bleat about freedom, they really have no clue what freedom really is.


No For example, Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming do not require any license in order to carry concealed weapons in public places, but there are laws in these states prohibiting concealed weapons in certain places (e.g., in Alaska it is not permitted to carry a weapon, concealed or otherwise, into a bar or tavern).
“The Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004, but H.R. 6257 introduced June 12, 2008 sought to re-instate the ban indefinitely as well as to expand the list of banned weapons. The bill ultimately died in committee. New York, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut, and New Jersey and several municipalities have codified some provisions of the expired Federal ban into State and local laws.”
The United States has about five percent of the total world population but residents of the United States own about 42 percent of all the world's civilian-owned firearms. In 2009, according to the UNODC, 60% of homicides in the United States were perpetrated using a firearm.


Example of Gun Control:
“New York lawmakers were preparing to approve the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, calling for a stricter assault weapons ban and provisions to try to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats. Under current state law, assault weapons are defined by having two "military rifle" features, such as folding stock, muzzle flash suppressor or bayonet mount. The proposal would reduce that to one feature, including the popular pistol grip. The language specifically targeted the military-style rifle used in the Newtown shootings.
Current owners of those guns will have to register them.
Private sales of assault weapons to someone other than an immediate family member would be subject to a background check through a dealer. New Yorkers also would be barred from buying assault weapons over the Internet, and failing to safely store a weapon could lead to a misdemeanor charge… The legislation also increases sentences for gun crimes including the shooting of a first responder that Cuomo called the "Webster provision.” Huffington Post


Myth No. 9: Video games are the real culprit.
“Some reports indicate that the Newtown killer was a fanatical video-game player, and liked such especially violent games as “Call of Duty.” No studies have proved a strong link between these games and actual violence. This isn’t to say that the games aren’t perverse and repulsive: I don’t allow my children to play them. But you can’t shoot up a school or a movie theater with a video game. Blaming video-game makers alone for such complicated and incomprehensible crimes is a cop-out.
What do all these misconceptions add up to? Simply that we aren’t even close to having a serious conversation about protecting ourselves from death by gun. I wouldn’t mind having a national debate about the morality of the Second Amendment in the 21st century. But we’re not even having a serious debate on the margins.” “Debunking Nine Myths of the Gun-Control Debate”, Bloomberg.com

New Bedford, MA

I believe that if a person is meant to be abusive or violent they will be, the responsibility is on the violent person, study's don't prove anything but what they want it to be, there are plenty of opinions out there, if we go with the study then cartoons, westerns, comedy and even sports like the Superbowl will be questioned, the majority of people who watch theses things are not violent, I believe background checks should be done Nationwide, also if anybody you know has a violent tendency should be reported if they are in possession of a firearm. Just saying. The NRA should reconsider many positions that involve murder of innocent people, unless they still like blood on their hands.

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