Yes, and recalling my own past, we sometimes lost it and started beating each other up. But then at the end of the day we apologized and made up.
As far as I was concerned, I only had so many good friends, and I didn’t want to lose them.
One part of controlling your temper is to lose it every so often, and then pay the penalty—and learn to control it better.
I like violent video games. Doom, Quake, Halo...
I have lots of guns and I’m pretty much a nut.
Got no interest whatsoever in blasting a bunch of innocent folks.
It’s something effed up in the PERSON who does such things.
Maybe a father figure who whips your ass once in a while
imparts something undefinable but infinitely important.
In the end, what Solzhenitsyn said about the destruction brought by Soviet Communism can be said of American relativism: “We have forgotten God. That is why all these things have happened.”
Video games, availability of guns, whatever. All these are not what caused the problem. What caused the problem is we have raised our children to believe there is no such thing as right or wrong and no God who demands righteousness from His creatures. We have accordingly created government policy that attempts to alleviate all consequences of sinful action, and that is the “feedback mechanism” that has been removed from our society: The consequences of sinful behavior.
We learned life by living life, even if it was an imaginary portayal of life, it was real to us by our hands-on participation ... not an insulated game.
Yes, of course that must be part of it. I remember getting hit with an iceball (in the face) as a kid and thinking: maybe this game isn’t for me. These real games may very well have been teaching me to be leery of violence.
What the CT, AZ, CO and VA killers all had in common were that they were young males with emergent paranoid schizophrenia.
That is the commonality that most observers are ignoring.
In 1965, all four would likely have been institutionalized.
Nonsense. It’s what we are putting into our kids blood streams, not their eyeballs.
The only answer is that there is evil in this world, there has always been evil in this world, and will always be evil in this world....and there is nothing you can do about it.......and anyone who thinks they can do something about it, is most likely to make the “cure” even worse than the disease.
These are random acts. I don’t know if such acts are indeed becoming more common vs. the past - perhaps only the media coverage is increasing.
Trying to “prevent” such random, and rare, occurrence, is like trying to prevent lightening.
Look at where we start with kids. Everything they see from the earliest age is a liberal manipulation of reality. They see it on Sesame Street. Then when they go to school, they’re told that the parents are ruthlessly destroying the planet and don’t care about the kids or their future. They’re told that thoughts of homosexuality are normal and not having those thoughts are abnormal. Society is creating a shield of fantasy around them and as they get older reality begins to intrude and they can’t cope.
I saw this with my liberal sister. When her son was 6 or 7 years old he told me that all the animals had to move to build a house for people. I pointed out that his house was no different than any others and my sister went ballistic because I told him the truth.
My point is that kids can’t distinguish between reality and fantasy because they don’t have a reality based frame of reference any more.
BTW my nephew is now 18 years old and my sister is having a tough time coping with the fact that he isn’t different from other 18 year old boys. She built the fantasy and she began to believe her fantasy and she can’t figure out what went wrong. Fortunately her son is coping a lot better than she is.
A christian church burned down in some shit hole in Africa by muslims where dozens of people are killed? Not really a big deal by today's media standards. Sure they don't usually have a TV or electricity but it's probably video games or antidepressants. How many Mexicans were murdered in the last week by drug gangs that this administration helped arm? Again it doesn't fit with the anti-America meme, but if push came to shove I bet it could be blamed on desensitization to violence by popular (American) culture. How many have been killed in Chicago in the last week with illegally obtained guns? We don't want to talk about that but again if forced we could use all of the above as excuses.
I often think about my childhood, in relation to that of my own children and wish that things could be different. I regret that they can’t know the innocence of childhood like I did. It disappoints me, that to keep them safe, I have to keep them sheltered to some degree. Sure I let them go outside and play, but it’s much more limited than what I wish they could have. And I also keep my eye on the electronics they use and the games they play, that’s why LeapFrog is a huge product in my house, so they are learning as they play.
When I was growing up (70’s/80’s), we didn’t have many electronic toys to occupy our time, unless you want to include Pong... We didn’t have computers, or Ipods, or Ipads. We had to use our imagination and create our own play environment (if you will). We had to interact with each other, which is something I think is HUGH when it comes to what is happening in society with our kids today. I mean, what ever happened to Pac-Man, Frogger, DigDug, Tron?....I can’t even think of a truly “violent” game back then. But now, everything is so life like and real...even in 3D. And every where you go, you see kids with their noses, stuck in their little electronic gadget....tuning the world out, or texting when they are standing right next to each other, instead of talking.
I lived in a small town, up in the woods, so my playground was a forest. And we only got 2 channels on the TV, so going outside to play was the best thing ever. And I remember not ever being made to wear helmets, knee pads or protective gear when playing. If we got hurt, we got hurt. We put on a bandaid, scratched ourselves off, and went back to playing.
Even still, when I went to the city to play with my friends, we didn’t want to hang out inside, and when we went out outside (in the front yards) we played without fear of being picked up and/or taken by some psycho. Neighbors watched out for neighbors, and the parents watched out for other kids (not just their own).
But now, I refuse to let my kids out the front door, unless I am with them. And it really disturbs me when I see little children (obviously under 10, and especially under 5) riding their bikes or playing ALL ALONE, with no parent in sight. Because I know there are sick people out there....who could very easily come and take that kid and hurt that kid. I know people don’t look out for other people anymore. Parents aren’t willing to keep their eye out on the neighborhood kids anymore.
I think this has caused a lot of kids to resort to their electronic gadgets too. They get bored SO easily. Even when my kids go out and play in our backyard, they eventually would rather come in and get lost in their video games. And I think too many parents don’t bother with that. They let their kids just close themselves off and isolate themselves in their electronic world and don’t try to MAKE them interact like we used to. I can’t imagine getting my teen his own cell phone, let alone give one to a younger child, but I know people who have given smart phones to 6 and 10 year olds....WTF for? I just can’t imagine why a child needs a smart phone....let alone a cell phone.
But I digress, I just think if more kids were made to use their imagination and to interact with more people outside of electronics, than less isolation and less kids would need to get lost in their video games and virtual realities.
And here's our president, telling the world that Arafat, who did that and murdered countless other unarmed people, including Americans, was fit to bring into the White House and call him "friend".
Just thought I'd throw that out there.
We all carried little pen knives...to play mumbly peg.....and I’m talking kindergarten...and up. It was no big deal. We were very responsible kids and our parents knew what we were doing all the time.
Raised by single mom/no father/abandonment issues.
No friends/no peers/no one to hold him accountable.
Possible autism/mental illness/medication/etc.
No "real world" experience, no job, no future, just an isolated existance doing God-knows-what in a huge house, enabled by and dominated by mom.
No spiritual grounding. If this "family" ever went to a church I haven't heard it.
It all adds up to someone who had lost his grip on reality. Of course there are plenty of people who face similar or worse environments and don't murder schoolkids. What's the critical factor? I don't know.
This is the problem not guns.
Yes, video games and social media contribute to the dehumanization of mankind. So do violent movies and smash mouth leftist players.
If we are going to have “sin taxes” on ciggs., we need high sin taxes on the entertainment media’s products promoting violence. Videos, gangsta rap music, movies, etc. That is not messing with the first amendment (banning the speech as liberals want to do to anyone who disagrees with them or Islam), but messing with the profits of the extreme anti-social players in entertainment. Left wing activist.
Porn produces perverts, too. Entertainment whoredom should be taxed out of kingdom come.
We still have not heard what prescription drugs this evil young man had in his system.