To the Editor:
I hope every parent, every school counselor, every minister, every grandparent, every police officer and every teacher reads this letter.
Once again we have had another random shooting in our nation. So far this year, we have had three – one in Aurora, Colo., one in Milwaukee (which also involved racism) and the last one in Portland, Ore.
But now what do all of these killers have in common? The incidents all involve white males between the ages of 22 and 28.
What do many men that age find entertaining? They like TV shows, video games and movies.
TV shows like “Sons of Anarchy,” a show about the biker subculture; “Breaking Bad,” a show about an idiot who makes and sells meth; “The Living Dead,” a show about people who have to blow the heads off zombies in order to survive.
They play video games such as “Black Ops,” that’s a game where the main character assassinates people, blows things up and tortures people; “Grand Theft Auto,” where the character is a guy who murders, robs, steals, and sells drugs.
Then there is Assassin’s Creed,” where one of the alleged “good guys” is a character called “Hit Girl” portrayed in the show as being a 12-year-old stone cold killer. But she is a character you’re supposed to think is “cool,” right?
At what age do you think they start playing games of this nature and watching TV of this nature? Probably around 11 or 12 years old.
So do you see the real problem here? Young people are being conditioned to think that killing people is “cool,” it’s “fun” and “entertaining.”
The guns are not the problem. I have guns. I also have a permit to carry concealed. I’ve been screwed over and I’ve been wronged in life more times than I would like to think about. However, I’ve never shot anybody because I’ve never been put in a situation where there is an immediate threat of death or serious bodily harm to me and I’m not a killer. I don’t consider the TV shows the movie or video games I mentioned above to be “entertaining” because I think they are really pretty sick.
If somebody really has murder in their heart, not having a gun isn’t going to stop them.
In Africa, thousands of people have been murdered with machetes. A car, fire or a baseball bat can be used to murder.
Tim McVeigh and the 9-11 hijackers didn’t have guns but they still murdered on a mass scale. You can’t ban and outlaw everything. So I think it’s obvious that the real problem is violence in society.
So now do you see the big picture of what the problem really is? None of us can change the world, but we can make the difference when it comes to games our kids play, what is on our TV set in our house, and what influence we have over others around us.
Teach one another to value life.
This letter was written before the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Friday, Dec. 14