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Harmless Entertainment?
National Review, by Mona Charon

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Posted By:jackson, 12/18/2012 9:08:56 AM

In the wake of past mass shootings, when the “national conversation” has focused exclusively on guns, I have argued that our appallingly inadequate mental-health system was a better subject of reform. At least half of the shooters in the rampage killings that are ripping our hearts out are young men with serious mental illnesses, and our system has neither the legal nor the financial resources to get them the treatment and restraint that they, and we, desperately need.This time, mental-health reform has received passing mention, along with the usual pleas for gun control

Notice - Hollywood balks at stars smoking on-screen. And, Yay! When progressive themes like homo cowboys are portrayed. (It chips at our ignorance, you know.) But sex and violence have no influence at all!


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Observer177, 12/18/2012 9:33:26 AM     (No. 9072388)

The Left will have a million excuses not to focus on “entertainment”--high impact video games, TV, movies, music--as inciting such violence, planting the idea in vulnerable minds, desensitizing, and providing practice in killing, but that is what it does and makes a handy profit in doing so.

Bring up how things were in the stuffy, rigid, old-fashioned, “bad” old days, when a bad kid didn’t already do drugs, be a “baby daddy,” and perhaps have a rap sheet before high school graduation—if he graduates at all and is literate, and they say that such crime and massacre as we have today was always there, just underreported. Say that such as this shooter should have, perhaps would have been locked away in the old days, and they start screaming about us being too “judgmental,” and about individual rights, and about how, until he has actually killed somebody, we can never really know if he will do so and is actually dangerous.

But, we know that such massacres as this and the general ramping up of the viciousness and depravity of today’s violence can and should be laid at the door of today’s Progressives/Liberals, the “liberated” no holds barred entertainment they have brought us, and the transformations they have wrought in society.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: sternben, 12/18/2012 9:42:48 AM     (No. 9072409)

Did anyone hear about one of these wackos going to shoot up a biker bar?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JAN, 12/18/2012 9:44:26 AM     (No. 9072411)

Arizona and Colorado both death with their seriously mentally deranged students by kicking them out of school.

There, problem solved. We don´t see these guys, they don´t exist.

Both went on to mass murder.

In NYC a deranged homeless man shoved a person off the subway platform into the path of an oncoming train.

The bleeding hearts don´t want to see the mentally deranged people confined. They have their rights!

And we are their victims.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dman, 12/18/2012 10:08:27 AM     (No. 9072446)

The media lobby insists that their violent products have no behavioral impact, yet demand millions for a 30-second Super Bowl spot. Yes, these killers had mental issues and vulnerabilities, but they were programmed by the MSM. When the media lobbyists argue against that - they lie.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: snakeoil, 12/18/2012 10:25:26 AM     (No. 9072481)

Didn´t realize until I read this that I´ve been suffering from kayak angst. The most frightening thing about the movie "Natural Born Killers" was seeing Rodney Dangerfield in his underwear. Have no answers for what´s going on. There is more violence in a Roadrunner cartoon than most movies. There have always been plenty of guns. Something else is going on and I don´t know what it is.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: udanja99, 12/18/2012 10:33:03 AM     (No. 9072499)

I have a schizophrenic sibling. When she was 26 my parents had her committed to a psyche ward in a hospital for 6 months and then to a residential program for another 6 months. It took a couple of weeks, a willing judge and a lot of money to get the court order. It CAN be done.

From the looks of Nancy Lanza´s home and property I´d say she had the finances to get it done. Why she didn´t will be a mystery pondered by all of us for a long time.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tonyl, 12/18/2012 10:42:02 AM     (No. 9072523)

There is way too much violence and guns being glorified on TV, movies, video games and some "music" videos. Dragnet, Adam 12 , Streets of san francisco, mod squad...never has this much violence in them and they always had a little humanity in them even. Today these cop shows are demoralizing, mean spirited, dark and depressing. I´m also pro 2nd amendment.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 12/18/2012 1:17:37 PM     (No. 9072897)

Violence sells. Violence plus sex plus dirty language is a sure fire formula for success if it is represented skillfully in a narrative that somehow succeeds in rationalizing and justifying it. The excuses the creators and consumers of such material put forth to defend it are as varied and creative as the apologists can make them.

There is more to it than meets the eye. I recall many futile debates with people in other forums about the wildly popular Sopranos TV series. My position was, and remains, that it is not a good idea to construct popular entertainment that humanizes and rationalizes mobsters. No one doubts they are human. But when the effect of such entertainment includes the widespread use of "whacking people" in everyday discourse, something worrisome is going on. Even the fastidious calorie and gun restricting Mayor Mike Bloomberg joked in public about "whacking" someone.

I found myself in a distinct minority in my criticism of the Sopranos. Didn´t I know how skillfully the characters were drawn, how superb the artistic quality was? I couldn´t say that I did, for I had never watched an episode. I wouldn´t watch a series about The Goebbels or an Al-Qaeda family. The more skillfully it was done, the less I would want to expose myself to it.

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