San Jose, CA, USA
Ok, time for my take on this, everyone brace yourself
Movies, games, and media: I think it is utter BS when people blame this crap on the movies and such. They seem to think that movies make people angry individuals who hate and murder and rape. I was brought up on violent movies and violent games. I am about the most peaceful people you will ever meet. I play games such as doom and quake all the time. I was watching Terminator at age 6. If this whole poorly thought out idea were true, then I and about half the children in America would be going around killing people. We aren't. I believe that this rests mainly on poor parenting. This kid's parents were not exactly model parents. Almost every single person that I have known that has been aggressive has had a difficult family life with parents less than favorable. Now what I will concede that movies do is make the kids recognize a gun as an item of intimidation and fear. A kid at 6 years old is not going to learn to hate from movies. I have no doubt in my mind that that kid had no idea what would really happen when he pulled that trigger. He was most likely brought up like most of us on cartoons like GI Joe where no one can seem to hit anyone else with a gun, and no one dies. Even things like Loony Toons, where everyone gets right back up after every explosion and boulder. Once they get to the age of 10 or so they start to learn the difference between the movies and cartoons and real life. At that point, if they have decent parents who taught them to respect their fellow man, then they know that guns and such are bad, regardless of how much they saw them on television and games, and would not use them.
Oh, and WhtDove, I am rather offended by that comment you made:
It is a lack of God everywhere, and I don't see why people can't understand that.
I am an atheist, as you probably know. God has absolutely no influence over the way I live my life. To this date I have yet to murder anyone. Belief and teachings in god do not make you a good person, nor do lack of them make you a bad person. I know many people who have no belief, or very little belief, and are very good people. I also know people who I do not consider good people, who fancy themselves highly religious. God does not fix peoples lives, people fix peoples lives. For some God can help, but in the end there needs to be more than just that.
Just my 2 cents, gee words must be cheap nowadays