Human nature dictates we are comfortable with what we can see or touch. It makes for easy solutions. In the case of mass shootings, there’s a more subtle problem, albeit requiring a more long-term solution.
We send children to school to learn. Why? Because their minds are like empty hard drives on a computer. They absorb knowledge that helps them form their character and moral values. If we fill their minds with violence and destruction, that in many cases will become the norm.
I believe we need stronger laws, not for the control of guns, but for the control of age appropriate video games and movies. Parents have to take more responsibility for what information is being “downloaded” into their children’s minds.
“Brain washing” was a term that came from the Korean War era. Our captured military personnel were being brainwashed before being released and came home hating America.
In order to understand this phenomenon, the military established a fake North Korean military base in the desolate mountains in the western United States. completely staffed by Americans of Korean descent.
They took an active U.S. military group and turned them loose in the mountain and said if they could get back to their base undetected they would win the “War Game.”
Knowing full well their location, at all times, the physiologists running the test didn’t “apprehend” them for several weeks, then captured them and took them to this phony North Korean base. They told the group that while they had been in the wild a full-fledged nuclear war had taken place and the U.S. had lost.
At first the captured military group treated it as a big joke, but after being starved and beaten as they would have been in a real situation, they began to plot how to escape from the camp. Every plan was foiled and they determined a spy was in their barracks, and who he was, so they decided to kill him.
The people running the “exercise” immediately stopped the program, went into the barracks and had as much trouble convincing them the whole exercise was not real.
These were grown, trained men.
So I ask the question: What effect do you think the violent videos and movies have on young, susceptible children?
Howard Gelbman, Key Largo