"Children today grow up in a popular culture saturated with deadly
violence graphically portrayed — not just in films and TV but also in
videogames and RAP lyrics. The line between good and bad guys is often
blurry; and in many TV programs, films, video games and RAP lyrics, mayhem
"If nothing else, present day popular culture acclimatizes kids to the
thought of killing other human beings for just about any reason, good or
bad; and some violent video games prepare them to do it.
"This is not to say that media violence alone can explain the horrific
incident that took place at NIU on Thursday. But it would be a mistake to
make availability of guns a scapegoat of this and other similar mass
murders. Availability of guns in North Central Illinois, and most of the
rest of America, is nothing new. Widespread use of them to kill random
RLCC: Violence in so-called entertainment and sports and the presents of guns all contribute to the fall of some people. Many people wouldn't fall to temptation if media weren't offering up violence and guns weren't handy to act out.
Originally from on February 16, 2008, 2:41pm