We Started Out as Children

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.cowboys and indians

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?

Gary Ingram

Gary Ingram

I grew up in Golden, CO in the 50’s, the child of a middle class housewife and a lifelong employee of the U.S. Post Office. My professional career spanned 25 years with the U.S. Government and I retired early. Today I am an Aging-in-Place Specialist (which does not mean I just sit in a recliner and watch football), a devoted “Papa” to my grandchildren and partner to my lovely wife. I’m a crusty old fart who appreciates a good cigar, an old car, an occasional game of golf, Blue Collar Radio, NASCAR and my Denver Broncos. At BoomerReviews.com, I hold the title, “Chief of Questions.” Let’s see what you think about my questions and answers. Chime in!

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  1. Pam Huffman says:

    The media seeks sensationalism on a daily basis. They seem to be seeking that coveted award that will give them the recognition they feel they need to achieve. The days of just reporting all the news rather it is conservative or liberal are long gone. Violence is the topic of the day. No wonder there is so much more violence today than in the past. When you take something away from the masses, it creates more demand for it. Our history proves that.
    The constitution starts with “We the people” and the people need to speak up. We elect politicians to represent us. They work for us. If the job is not done to our satisfaction, we should terminate them from the office they hold. Not so easy as it is for an employer to terminate an employee that does not fit.
    I do not oppose change, I just want the changes that will keep this country strong. We cannot just sit back. We all must speak out to our representatives and let them know how we feel. We must find that media that will help speak for all of us not just some of us.

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