While society struggles to explain the inexplicable in the wake of the latest mass shooting deaths, we can’t help but ponder the impact of visual stimulation on those who kill in mass.
Whether it is the news video of crumbling World Trade Center towers in the wake of an attack on America or two presidents proudly claiming credit for assassinating terrorists leaders, we have a visual image of the events. Death is nothing more than “collateral damage.”
When the cute newsy intones, “The next images are graphic,” it is code for “gory shots of killing or dead bodies coming up next!”
The producers of video training simulators for police and military are the same folks who make BILLIONS of dollars selling violent video games like Grand Theft Auto, and the Call of Duty games–all glorifying killing. “Kills” are the score card.
A police administrator of national standing confided that thanks to these games, bad guys often have the same skill levels as coppers they confront. Didn’t the “barefoot bandit” learn how to fly using a video simulator?
Like the millions of guns already on the streets, there is no way to stop violent video games. We don’t have the answers, but we can sure see the problem.
Faith, family, civility, respect, mental health delivery, elimination of drugs, gun bans, an end to violent video could all work.
If you know how to control any or all of those, perhaps society will survive. Until then, the genie has escaped the bottle and is running rampant.
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