Sort of … Joe Scarborough former Republican congressman now television host says in the wake of Sandy Hook it can no longer be business as usual. However he gives these causes:
The violence we see spreading from shopping malls in Oregon, to movie theaters in Colorado, to college campuses in Virginia, to elementary schools in Connecticut, is being spawned by the toxic brew of a violent pop culture, a growing mental health crisis and the proliferation of combat-styled guns.
Though entrenched special interests will try to muddy the issues, the cause of these sickening mass shootings is no longer a mystery to common-sense Americans. And blessedly, there are more common-sense Americans than there are special interests, even if it doesn’t always seem that way. Good luck to the gun lobbyist or Hollywood lawyer who tries to blunt the righteous anger of ten million parents by hiding behind a twisted reading of our Bill of Rights.
Trying to pin it down on pop culture (video games, and movies). Up there with mental health issues – which if we believe current reports not helped by a mother preparing for the apocalypse, training him to shoot in preparation for the breakdown of society. Also note “combat styled guns”. This suggests to me not all types of guns. You know, the other ones that also hurl metal at bone piercing speed, smashing through organ matter.
In case you think I am nit picking, another quote explaining abandoning libertarian views:
But the symbols of that ideological struggle have since been shattered by the harvest sown from violent, mind-numbing video games and gruesome Hollywood movies that dangerously desensitizes those who struggle with mental health challenges. Add military-styled weapons and high capacity magazines to that equation and tragedy can never be too far behind.
If we want a discussion about the impact on a psychotic person certain video game and film content has, fair enough. We can study that. The problem with the analysis above is that for the health problems of a few that non health experts consider susceptible, and those primed psychotics needing a trigger, the solution is to oppose the First Amendment. By a conservative moralist.
So conservative views on art and entertainment are after a piggy back ride on the sorrows of a nation – when the demographics of the killer at twenty years of age suggest he would play such video games, see such movies.
The issue is not that media entertainment exist. The question is were his mental health needs safeguarded, and what role did the mother (reported that she took time off work to look after him unclear) and local social health workers have in his welfare?
The focus must be on Adam Lanza so we can actually see what could have been done, and learn.
Misinformation abounds as the news is gathered – the above could be speculation as far as I know reported as true regarding mother and concerns for son’s state of mind. The answers to his upbringing and mental health will be key in the coming days. No doubt other factors as well which might be even more critical; how can we judge till the information is in? We need to examine the facts.
So we do not make any mistakes again, or draw the wrong conclusions now. Or knee jerk ones that appeal to our own values and prejudices.
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Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog