What CanYou Do?

Posted: December 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

What can we do about solving the problem of gun violence?

This is such a deep-rooted and complex problem and there are so many contributing factors that it is hard to decide where to begin grappling with it. Certainly the NRA must share responsibility along with the legislators they have bought and paid for. There are too many people and too many guns. There is racism. There is radical fundamentalism. And there is the media. Not just the right wing fear-mongering news media but Hollywood and Silicon Valley as well. Consumers (myself included) have developed an addiction to violent cinema and video games. I realize it is an addiction when I start feeling uncomfortable when I consider trying to quit subsidizing an industry which profits from creating a product that appeals to our baser nature (no matter how artistically it is crafted). Now I have never felt the urge to pick up a gun and shoot anyone or anything after my years of watching violent media, from Tom and Jerry cartoons and John Wayne movies to Reservoir Dogs and Jason Statham movies. I used to feel a kind of catharsis watching the bad guys get their comeuppance. I’m now beginning to feel guilt and nausea as the films strive to see how far over the top they can go in depicting violence. We need to put economic pressure on the studios to come up with plots where violence is not the only way to resolve conflict.

I once attended a workshop on children’s television. When asked why so much of the content used violence as a means to resolve conflict, the presenter said that the writers were under a lot of pressure to meet deadlines, and that it was much easier to resort to a violent conclusion than to take the extra time to figure out a more intelligent, non-violent solution. Consequently our children have



seen a steady diet of violence on TV before they graduate to Grand Theft Auto, Warcraft and other blood-spattered video games.

There is a sickness at work on all of us. We must all try to find some small way to effect a cure. I suppose voting is one way, but be vigilant and look for others.


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