Americans crave heroes, but our models are increasingly violent

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  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    I still find it ironic that a lot of Hollywood support gun control and yet make billions on gun violence portrayed on TV and in Movies. Not to mention I'd bet many Hollywood types have guns themselves for protection and or bodyguards who carry. Until that double standard is fixed, I will listen to no celebrity lecture me on gun control. Take note Jim Carrey.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Sept. 16, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    Uh, we all agree that access to violent media is increasing, right? Well, actual violence is decreasing. So maybe your premise is misguided?

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 16, 2013 1:41 a.m.

    Re: KeithB: Great comment. I agree. This column’s leap of logic to promote gun control was unfounded. Gun control will only put the law abiding at a disadvantage to the criminals.

  • KeithB Riverton, UT
    Sept. 15, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    I dislike the extreme violence that the media fiction display as much as anyone. But I disagree with making a connection with that and Congress not passing gun legislation that would disarm the general public, not the criminals.

    More people own weapons to protect themselves than own them for hunting or recreation. These people do not own guns because they want to kill another human being or animal. They own a weapon because they have been or consider the possibility of being in a situation where nothing less will protect them from the violence that is becoming the norm in so many large and not so large cities.

    The gun legislation as proposed did nothing to protect these people, but in fact would disarm them and further reduce their options for self defense in violent situations.

    Yes, lets get a handle on the violence in the media. However, lets not make huge leaps of unfounded assumption that all gun legislation is good gun legislation. It is equally unfounded to assume that all those who oppose ill conceived gun legislation are part of a violent culture; the reality is far from any such notion.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 15, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    Entertainment is the opiate that is killing America.

    When more people vote for American Idol that President of the United States, we're in big trouble.

    Someone wrote "violence sells." True. But the media can brainwash Americans into buying almost anything.

    Americans have forgotten how to THINK.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Sept. 15, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    First of all, anything made up in fiction, is not heroic. It is fiction. People need to stop looking at superheroes as heroes. Or some action flick. Or even mistaking the actors that play these parts as heroes (unless they actually do things in their actual life that are heroic).

    Now if somebody wants to see a hero, look no further than your story on Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. That's a hero. She didn't have large muscles or super powers but the courage to even go against her family to do the right thing to question and fight against segregation in the Deep South.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 15, 2013 8:40 a.m.

    Violence does sell. We can't keep trying to blame hollywood for that. That's just looking for excuses.