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Originally posted by Paul
I think that Manson was made a scapegoat, somewhat unfairly, for what happened at Columbine. Ironically, his villification came as a knee-jerk reaction from conservative right-wingers (or is that whingers? ) who (rightly or wrongly) are against gun control.
On the flipside though, I think that most young people are shaped and influenced to some extent by musicians, celebrities etc, however alternative or mainstream their style is, because they are role models plain and simple.
That said, if someone's driven to kill by what they hear on a record, then I think that the seeds were already there, and you can't blame the music or musicians.
A massively greater number of people kill in the interest of financial gain (whether it be a robbery, gang killing, act of war etc), but you won't hear any outcries of 'ban capitalism'.
[edit on 10-3-2005 by Paul]