Post by wannaberoo'ing on Dec 17, 2012 8:46:43 GMT -5
I only hope that this national conversation continues. Between everyone- political leaders, religious leaders, down to the average citizen on the street. We need to keep talking this out and to approach this from an all holistic point-of-view.
I admired the President for taking on this incredibly sensitive issue. It took courage to address it and actually, I wish he had said more about finding solutions to the problem, to finding a way to start eliminating the violence. All Americans should be willing to make sacrifices for the greater good of their country. In Scotland, after their tragic school shooting, a petition was turned into the government with 750,000 signatures asking the government to ban private gun ownership. Here, it seems to me Americans don't ever want to give up their toys. Everything is perceived as a threat to some imagined liberty. Nevermind the fact that we're dealing with a crisis of epic proportion, I want my toys!!!!
A critical evaluation of our society and what we value the most here in our country really needs to take place. Everyone should be asking themselves these questions right now. Rabbi Praver from Newtown said this:
“We live in a culture of violence,” Praver said he told his congregants, according to the paper. “All of our culture is based on violence and we need to teach the kids about the ways of peace. We need to change everything.”
“There’s too much war, too much violence in our streets,” he added, speaking in Hebrew.
Also, I heard many political leaders talking of some system for better mental health care. All of this is vital to improving our society, to making us safer, I believe. We are so quick to judge and evaluate the rest of the world but never do we want to take a hard look at ourselves and our own lifestyles. The violence in these video games appalls me- why on earth do parents find it an acceptable and valuable means of entertainment to let their children blow people's heads off? It absolutely disgusts me. These games are so realistic and horrific that doesn't anyone find it alarming that people get pleasure from playing murderers? I know parents who allow their kids to play these games. I find it amazingly disturbing.