Its far more systemic than video games and movies.
I think what you are seeing is more macro than that and I think this is why it applies almost exclusively to the United States while other countries
share in individual or at best a handful of singular traits, but why we represent the 'perfect storm' for this tragedy.
Human nature is for some reason, inherently violent, or that has been a dominant trait for 99% of our collective histories going back through time. So
in our very cores exist this basic element of violence, currently, we have done a better job of suppressing that trait and embracing love, but
realistically, the love concept has not won yet on a sweeping, global, ingrained scale.
So violence is one of those shared traits that we have in common across the globe.
Now, here in the US specifically, we have been at war for pretty much the last 100 years on a fairly consistent basis. In the last 50 of those years
it was easily accessible to 'hear' or 'see' pretty much anything about it, but it wasnt but maybe for the last 20 years that WAR has been in High Def
and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days, a week, 365 days a year in all its glory. From drone strikes performed by the US that resemble scenes from Call
of Duty, to ISIS beheading videos, its all there, and just a quick click away. In short, we have become desensitized to the war and violence, and have
devalued human life. And not every culture has access to that either, by the way, but we do for the most part.
This can be found in our culture specifically resonating throughout the abortion issue, that is a clear devaluation of human life. Im not arguing the
mechanics of whether it is right or wrong, but it is a marked decision to end the potential for a human life to enter this world.
We are also a nation founded with an inherent right to keep and bear arms, and that has certainly created a gun culture here in the United States,
again I am fine with that, but we do have to recognize it, and at the end of the day call a spade a spade.
I also think the violence culture that is in our media (games, TV, movies, music, etc) does contribute when you add all the factors together. And
there is no denying that our media has become progressively more graphic and violent and realistic and accessible.
What else we have in this country is high pressure and huge competition to perform and succeed. That has had a monumental effect on the family and
home life. In the same last 50 years as everything else was ramping up, we have had more households where both parents are working a full-time job to
put food on the table and kids through school. So no one really monitoring or raising the children except the teachers who are stretched thin already,
and exhausted evening parents, where guess what, the kids are relegated to their medications and video games so that the parents can have a moment of
peace. You know, that is, if the parents are still together and all, with a 50% divorce rate in the United States. That broken home is having a huge
impact on these children's mental stability, and they already are lacking attention from their teachers and parents due to the pressure everyone is
Plus the medications we are giving our children anyway. Who knows what effect that has on their brains, and how they process and interpret all of this
information that is coming at them. Its overwhelming for me, a grown, healthy, very solid and stable white man in America, so I can only imagine what
these children are up against.
And we all sit here and wonder why we have kids killing other kids like there is nothing wrong. WAKE UP, PEOPLE! A WHOLE LOT IS WRONG!
ETA: Clearly this is a people problem and not a gun problem.
edit on 23-2-2018 by phishfriar47 because: To add a thought
on 23-2-2018 by phishfriar47 because: Finished another thought