I started out as a child.
How’s that for an opening?
All of us who were children during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s used our imagination to re-enact scenes from movies, TV programs and comic books. Hopalong Cassidy, Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, Superman, Batman – remember them? Our hands were our guns, with finger pointing out like a gun barrel. Some of us boys had a B.B. gun. Little girls were princesses, cowgirls or prom queens parading around in costumes and tiaras, thanks to Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Dale Evans and of course, Barbie. Both girls and boys fought imaginary villains like wicked witches and outlaws.
All these influences came from comics, magazines, movies, radio and television. So where am I going with this? Today, entertainment for our youth – television, electronic games, motion pictures, e-books, etc. – includes villains and violence, only on major steroids. Gun control has become a hot topic again, but I’m not going to comment on that. My question is when will we address the extreme violence our children are exposed to now?
I was influenced for better or worse by what I watched on TV, saw in the movies and read in magazines. The pen is mightier than the sword. We are all talking about the second amendment. While I think some adjustments are in order (i.e., limiting use of assault weapons), I also think we need to ask our media to turn attention on themselves, not about cause and effect, but simply about responsibility. We must take responsibility for much broader solutions than weapons in order to end brazen violence that kills innocents, especially children.
You started out as a child too. What do you think?