Monday, March 21, 2005

The Culprit.

I was saddened to see that a student in Minnesota has killed his grandparents and continued his madness via a shooting spree at his school. What we can expect -- right wing groups will claim that video games and rap music caused this young man to spray his classmates with bullets. Wait, they'll also claim that he read a novel such as East of Eden by John Steinbeck that depicted a man killing his brother. No wait, they'll realize that this was an allusion to the biblical story where Cain slays Abel. In that case, murder in literature is okay. That couldn't have been the cause.

Why are our children going postal? It has nothing to do with listening to too much Beastie Boys, playing Grand Theft Auto or reading Tom Sawyer. It has everything to do with poor parenting and a lack of understanding of the stresses that children face today. Moreover, lock your damn guns up! If you're going to be a poor parent, at least make sure to keep your gun in an inaccessible locale.

By the way, 34 children were killed in Detroit, Michigan in 2002. The media seems to ignore the death of children at the hands of poverty and inner-city violence. They seem to focus on dramatic events such as today. Why?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point. I agree, parents need to take more responsibility for their children's actions. I understand it is hard to shield children away from negative influences as mentioned but for heaven's sake spend some time with your children and teach them how to cope with their frustrations.

1:22 AM  
Blogger thc said...

Nice post, V.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I am a avid gamer, I do think that these types of games like grand theft auto should be kept away from children. These games can get you to a least for a moment to think that the real world is like the game. V knows this because we once shared such a moment after watching grand theft auto for a couple of hours but I definitely think that these kids could not go on these types of shooting rampages without easy access to guns. Japan and Korea have way more gamers(percentage of pop) but not very many shootings.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

anonymous: I agree, keeping children from playing games like GTA is probably a good idea. Not because it'll prevent their children from going on a shooting spree, but more because they should be reading and doing homework at an early age. Parents need to enforce such restrictions. I simply don't think that the game itself is the reason these children are gunning down their classmates. As you mentioned, quite elegantly, in Japan we don't see such violence and the incidence of gaming is much larger there. I guess those kids aren't reading Catcher in the Rye either. That's probably why they're not running around killing people.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous little john said...

Nice, V. I agree with the parents issue. Parents with guns that are accessible by children should be punished. Child murders? There are probably some tragic stories there, but I'll bet you there are some 16,17 year old ganstas as well.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whatever happened to the good ol' days, when all we deal with were over-stressed postal service employees?

6:49 PM  

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