We're doing it to ourselves

  • Follow Letters

The recent mass murders allowed all the pundits – including our president – to jump on the bandwagon of gun control and violent video games. This same reaction has occurred in the past and we have not improved one iota.

I am not an advocate for guns nor for gun control. However, I do not see a reason for anyone to own an assault weapon. We seem to be missing the basic cause for today’s violence. Guns and violent video games can contribute, but look around. We love violence. Professional sports, professional wrestling, Little League parents beating one another up – even a recent ad for Wendy’s has a hockey mom yelling for her son to “check ’em.” These are accepted as normal.

Watch the actions of the professional athletes and see how violent the “games” have become. Attend an Augusta RiverHawks hockey game and listen to the fans screaming for blood. Professional players in many sports are bulked up with steroids and sport overabundant muscles. Mixed martial-arts cage fights are almost a throwback to the Roman games. Pro wrestling sells out while too many other cultural events stagnate. We are basically teaching our children and young adults that this is acceptable.

All of us who simply watch television on a daily basis see and hear a constant barrage of violent behavior and consider this as a part of our society. Couple this with the availability of guns and violent video games and we can see fully well we are doing it to ourselves. We have made violence a part of our daily lives.

So don’t simply reach for each and every quick solution and the way out. We have made this world a violent place. We have to change our acceptance of violent behavior first. We have to change our society.

Richard J. Stuhler

Augusta

Comments (12) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
peace4784
130
Points
peace4784 01/17/13 - 05:11 am
0
0
Well said, Mr. Stuhler. The
Unpublished

Well said, Mr. Stuhler. The solution to gun violence begins with the person I see when I look in the mirror. I consume my share of violent entertainment. I am a Violent Entertainment Consumer (VET). Whe need a Violent Anonymous (VA) organization to rid ourselves of the desire to consume violence. I think its a sickness. Why does watching humans inflict violence on another human a form of entertainment? Our society is a breeding ground for all types of immoral, uncivil behavior, . We even have a constitutional amendment protecting the right to get intoxicated on alcohol which only destroys human lives. Americans love intoxication and guns. Tell me again why America is such a great country?

carcraft
28428
Points
carcraft 01/17/13 - 05:46 am
8
0
Well I don't see the reason

Well I don't see the reason why someone should own a house with 5 bathrooms or a Corvette that can go 150 miles per hour. Because I don't see a need for them should not be reason to make them illegal. The one common thread in this is the fact that all the shooters were crazy. How much focus has there been on mental health? Gee why don't the liberals print the addresses of people with mental instead of those that own guns? Seems like the violently mentally ill are a greater threat than guns! And yes two of the individuals in the mass shootings had been recognized by parents or health professionals as being mentally dangerous!

Techfan
6462
Points
Techfan 01/17/13 - 07:42 am
0
9
So all of the people that

So all of the people that have gone on killing sprees have a mental illness and we need more emphasis on mental health? If we'd just thought of that before 9/11.

Humble Angela
41338
Points
Humble Angela 01/17/13 - 07:49 am
9
1
" If we'd just thought of
Unpublished

" If we'd just thought of that before 9/11."

So we should ban airplanes and box cutters?

YES....people that go on killing sprees have a mental illness! Duh!

GnipGnop
12744
Points
GnipGnop 01/17/13 - 08:40 am
5
0
Using sports...

to say that people are violent is a dumb argument. Fans got the name from fanatical. People have always been crazy for "their" teams. The only thing violent video games have ever done to me is keep me in a chair for 8 hours. What we need to do is place the blame squarely where it should go. ON THE INDIVIDUAL!!! That's the biggest problem our society has. Oh he had a hard childhood, he was abused, he played video games, he listened to rap music, he listened to heavy metal music...bologna!!! So did millions of other people and they don't go out and commit crimes! Until we make people (this would include every politician in Washington no matter what their party affiliation is) take responsibility for their own actions it will never stop.

Techfan
6462
Points
Techfan 01/17/13 - 08:47 am
3
5
There goes the current

There goes the current criminal justice system, unless we are willing to try, convict, and at times execute mentally ill people. It would be easier and much cheaper to conduct a brief sanity hearing and just lock them away with other mentally challenged people. We could save million, perhaps billions on DA's, defense attorneys and court costs since just their act defines them as mentally ill. It might be a good idea.

Humble Angela
41338
Points
Humble Angela 01/17/13 - 08:55 am
6
1
"There goes the current
Unpublished

"There goes the current criminal justice system....."

You mean like when the President ordered the murder of a US citizen without due process?

Jon Lester
2480
Points
Jon Lester 01/17/13 - 09:00 am
2
2
Not every helpful idea has to be a big one.
Unpublished

You never know when some little thing you do might make a real impression in another person's life. Whether you're a person of faith or someone less observant, the least you can do is set an example by living your life in line with the best parts of your character. You might also want to take a break from those who stir less constructive feelings in you, whether it's talk radio, cable news or judgmental people in your own sphere, whomever they may be, and recognize that some of them are doing it to you intentionally.

deestafford
31707
Points
deestafford 01/17/13 - 09:31 am
8
0
Reasons for owning "assault weapons"

Let me give a couple of examples of the use of "assualt weapons". Recently, a 15 year old used his daddy's AR 15 to defend himself when someone broke into their home when he and his little brother were home alone. Back during the LA riots when Koreatown was being burned by the "rioters" a Korean postioned himself with an AR 15 on the roof of his store while the other buildings were being ramsacked and set afire...his was left alone. Finally, one would want to be better armed than those who are attacking you. Most of the thugs/attackers have high capacity magazines and many cases illegal automatic weapons such as Uzi's, and modified assault weapons.

Humble Angela
41338
Points
Humble Angela 01/17/13 - 09:48 am
6
1
deestaffors.....I have a
Unpublished

deestaffors.....I have a better reason....because I'm entitled to own one or more, and i want to. That is a good enough reason to own a Porche, isn't it?.....except Porche ownership isn't protected by the constitution.

dichotomy
37379
Points
dichotomy 01/17/13 - 10:18 am
4
0
Is there a possibility that

Is there a possibility that the answer is "there is no answer"?

Americans have armed themselves in increasingly higher numbers in recent years because "there is no answer" to crime and crazy people...except to attempt to protect themselves. All the dollars we dump into police services and the judicial system and it hasn't worked. People finally said "there is no answer" and decided to arm themselves. When you operate a catch and release judicial system you put the responsibility of protecting life and property onto the individual.

Maybe there is no answer to the problem of a rogue shooter. We know that banning certain guns and magazines had no effect for the 10 year period of the last ban. Even a total ban of all guns would not work since there are WAY over 3 million guns in the hands of the public already. Our cites, states, and even other countries with the strictest gun control laws and even outright bans on guns STILL have gun muders and incidents of rogue shooters. And just the hint of forced bans of anything of anything here has caused people to buy enough ammunition in the past month to fight a small war.

Consider the possibility that there "is no answer" except to do the best we can to protect ourselves and our children. Putting armed guards at schools is the only thing that could possibly have any impact in the short term. For a fact, that is one concrete step that will absolutely work to lessen the chances of another Sandy Springs incident. It may not be 100% but it would be more effective than any other proposals.

Jane18
12332
Points
Jane18 01/17/13 - 10:42 am
4
0
Gun Collectors

I, personally know 2 people that own an AR-15. Why do they own them? Because they wanted it, they are gun enthusiasts, and is part of their collection. Both have have great jobs(one in a government job with a high clearance). The other one is in management and owns another type of a really big caliber gun. Why? Because he could afford it and he wanted it. I know one thing, if anything ever comes down that firepower is needed I want these two guys on my side................

Humble Angela
41338
Points
Humble Angela 01/17/13 - 11:28 am
5
1
I wonder how many misinformed
Unpublished

I wonder how many misinformed liberals think the AR in AR-15 stands for "assault rifle?"

OpenCurtain
10049
Points
OpenCurtain 01/17/13 - 04:58 pm
4
0
I love the "Give me one good reason, why..." Arguments

Here are a few other examples to think over.

Give me 1 good reason:

* you need free speech, when others can speak for you?
* you need private ownership, when the the state can provide it to you?
* why you need car, if the state provides mass transit?
* why you need to drink anything besides water?
* you should dress or cut your hair different than others?
* why you should be paid a wage for your work?
* why you should have a right to vote?
* why you need to travel, the state has everything you need here?
* why you need to raise your kids, the state can to that?

So why do I need to protect myself?

BECAUSE STATE CAN'T DO EVERYTHING.

KSL
143368
Points
KSL 01/17/13 - 08:22 pm
2
1
Great posts with the exception

Great posts with the exception of one poster.

Darby
29191
Points
Darby 01/17/13 - 10:46 pm
2
0
"BECAUSE STATE CAN'T DO EVERYTHING"

No because the state has NO BUSINESS TRYING to do everything. If you need proof, just look across the Atlantic to see the result.

Darby
29191
Points
Darby 01/17/13 - 10:49 pm
3
0
Weak people....

need strong government. On the other hand, a government that fears its people will be a good government.

Back to Top

Search Augusta jobs