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Carol Perkins: Too much violence

A big cause of violence in America, she thinks, lies in violence in video games, Tv, and movies
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By Carol Perkins

Just as all of us are, I am very disturbed by the onset of so many violent acts directed toward kids in our country. It is becoming a widespread epidemic and we are reaching, searching, and longing for answers. No longer do we have to worry just about high school students, but as we watched what happened at Sandy Hook and other places, we know the youngest, most innocent of all are at risk.

We all have our theories as to why this is happening, and most of us are right in our suppositions, but what to do about it is not as simple. Gun control? Will that make a difference? Politicians are buried in discussions and proposing legislation, but to what avail? Actually, we have laws on the books strong enough to take a more forceful stand than we sometimes do, according to what I read and hear.

My theory is that a shooter who wants to kill will buy a gun illegally-off the radar. There is an undercover world of thugs among us who will gladly provide assault weapons. However, most of the guns used in recent shootings have belonged to the shooter or to his parents. Now what?

I have grown up with guns. My father, my brothers, my husband, and my son own guns. They hunt with them, target practice, and/or collect them. A few have been passed down.

My dad kept his shotgun and rifle in the corner of a closet. We kids never considered touching them. We knew they were dangerous and were taught to consider an unloaded gun as a loaded one. I have watched my dad and then my brother clean their guns on the kitchen table with a newspaper under it. We were not allowed to be near the gun while it was being cleaned. Once the gun was cleaned from a squirrel or rabbit hunt, it went back into the closet.

My husband keeps his guns safely stored. We would never think of keeping a loaded one in the house; however, I know many people sleep with one under the pillow. Some say, "What is the purpose if the gun isn't loaded?" To protect the innocent is my answer. I have my dog to warn me if a stranger nears and that will give me time to load the BB gun, the only one I could shoot with a steady hand.

I know this theory is a worn-out, over-worked and largely ignored, but I have to think that the severe violence young people see in the video games they play and the movies they watch is a blueprint for executing violence toward others, and even to themselves. Largely ignored is the number of suicides by guns. If guns weren't easily accessible, how many of those would still be alive?

Just recently I watched one of the most violent movies I have ever seen. Django Unchained, which according to my brother, was a wonderful movie and I just "had to see it." Far too bloody for me! Even though "R" rated, movies like these find themselves in homes. Have you ever seen a horror movie that wasn't violent? Kids have seen them all. Will that lead them to violence? Who knows?

So I find myself in a contradiction of what I believe and what should be done. If one of my grandchildren had been shot down, I would want all the guns tossed in a river. However, the mentally, emotionally, and socially unstable would be dragging the river to recover them.

We all have our thoughts and possible solutions, but as long as violence is entertainment and shooters become household names, we have a real problem in our country. - Carol Perkins

This story was posted on 2013-02-03 03:23:44
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