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Musings by Donna #48 Reality Check on Violence

Many folks point out that violence runs rampant on TV, in the movies, and in video games and I strongly agree. I also believe it has a deleterious effect on young minds. Many children of the 1990s and 2000s are being raised with a lack of conscience as they watch killings aViolent TV and Movies thnd body bags on the 6:00 news. It’s no wonder they are becoming immune to the violent taking of life.

Many of the current video games that we unwittingly place in the hands of our children are violent. Shouts of glee are common as youngsters yell, “I got him!” “Ivideo gamesth killed him!” “He’s dead!” What’s wrong with this scenario? I don’t think we actually realized the serious consequences some of these games might reap.

Where is the reality check as kids from six to sixteen repeatedly “kill” their opponents on their video games because after all, the same “dead” opponents will pop up on the next screen – virtually alive, two minutes later. So, in essence, shooting someone “dead” does not really mean … shooting them dead. How confusing! What mixed messages are we sending our youngsters?

Bugs Bunny cartoon-violenceMovies, too, and television offer a menu of violence. And I think we missed that too. How did it creep in under our radar? Bugs Bunny – how cute! And the Smurfs – those sweet, little blue creatures. Hmm … I wonder. Smurfs th

People will argue that guns don’t kill – people do. But, I say, “People do – with guns … as was witnessed most recently at Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Before that was the Oregon Mall shooting, the Aurora, Colorado theater slaughter, the Virginia Tech shooting, and Columbine High School, another massVigil Candles th shooting in Colorado. I know. I’ve heard the other argument too. “If someone wants to wreak destruction, they can always use another method of havoc.” Perhaps. But we know that guns can cause so much destruction with the least amount of effort … and they are easily obtained.Ban Guns th

I’m not proposing banning all guns, though I’d actually prefer that. (I can see no possible reason why any citizen needs a gun.) I know I’ll never own one. But I am proposing – strongly urging – gun control in the form of regulation. Background checks to determine a buyer’s eligibility (criminal record, obvious mental state) need to be done. There should be a waiting period, too, to curb impulse, heat-of-the-moment buying. Each gun needs to be licensed and registered with the authorities, and for Pete’s sake, who needs an assault weapon? They simply should not be sold. If you must have one, join the military. They’ll issue you one gratis.

We must return to more sane times – calmer times. We can’t bring back the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School or the Oregon Mall or the Aurora, Colorado theater or Virginia Tech or Columbine High School. We can’t erase the pain for the survivors of the victims, but we can and we mustMonoply th take steps to not let these massacres happen again … ever.

Bring back wholesome entertainment – Mr. Rogers –  story time with mom and dad – games nights. Where did Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Scrabble, and Candyland Box thMonopoly go? They are good clean fun. Nobody gets hurt. Nobody gets killed. Just a lot of laughter and a happy, secure, safe time. What fun! What a novel idea!

We have to try. What do we have to lose?

In Memory of:

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Charlotte Bacon ♥ Daniel Barden ♥ Rachel Davino ♥ Olivia Engel ♥ Josephine Gay ♥ Ana M. Marquez-Greene ♥ Dylan Hockley ♥ Dawn Hochsprung ♥ Madeleine F. Hsu ♥ Catherine V. Hubbard ♥ Chase Kowalski ♥ Jesse Lewis ♥ James Mattioli ♥ Grace McDonnell ♥ Anne Marie Murphy ♥ Emilie Parker ♥ Jack Pinto ♥ Noah Pozner ♥ Caroline Previdi ♥ Jessica Rekos ♥Avielle Richman ♥ Lauren Rousseau ♥ Mary Sherlach ♥ Victoria Soto ♥ Benjamin Wheeler ♥ Allison N. Wyatt

You can read another post on violence here for a similar perspective. Musings by Donna #34 Tromp on Violence.

(Clip Art compliments of Bing.)


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  1. Bring back couselors to schools, not guns. My nephew killed himself with a gun taken from a friends house. My friend David was beaten in a home assault. He may have been able to defend himself with a .22 hand gun. The assault was Oct 11,2012. He died Nov 9th after a long coma. I went to the memorial Dec 9th. My friend, his 93 yr old mother came home to find him beaten almost to death. .22 hand guns or rifles for hunting have a place in our society. High power assault weapong belong in the military only. No assault weapons are necessary anywhere out of the militay. The NRA owns so many politicians with their donations, no one dares speak out against them. Since we can not trust the goverment -it is up to us the mothers and grandmothers to protect our children. Our biggest weapon is our voice. Scream -holler-deman ban of all assault weapons. Anyone owing one must turn them in to the police. Let us raise our voices and demand our childrens safety. Women are a powerful force-(ask any husban or student). Let’s protest, non violent protests, letters to politicians. Letters to editors. Petitons. Let us scream to protect our children. The men won’t get off the couch away from their football long enough to do it. Guns kill people and quit telling me they don’t. I am sick of hearing it. How do we get the women in this counrty together to fight against this assault on our children. I have protested in the past, but have not started a protest. We are not alone- all mothers want to save their children. How do we get this going? . How do we join other mothers? Thank you for your blog- now let’s get to work.

    Comment by Colleen Gallagher | December 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. Colleen,

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I am so sorry for your loss of your nephew and friend. Seems so senseless.

    Hugs, Donna

    Comment by donnaodonnellfigurski | December 25, 2012 | Reply

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