Friday, August 23, 2013

Teen Violence

Shamefully, I don't watch the news much anymore. Yes it makes me ignorant, but it also helps me sleep a little better at night. After working for a few years at a courthouse, I became extremely burned out by daily crime, hatred, and violence. So now I only hear about the really big stuff from Twitter and Facebook. Today I got wind of Christopher Lane, the Australian baseball player here visiting his girlfriend's family who was randomly shot down by "bored" teens, and now Delbert Belton, an 88-year-old WWII vet who was beat to death by a couple of teens.


Seriously, has senseless violence in the United States always been this bad, only they didn't hear about it in the old days before Internet, or are we collectively screwed as a nation because of gruesome torture movies, easy access to firearms, and violent video games? Is this a result of telling our children they can't be spanked, and giving them too many choices? Maybe I'm being naive because I was young at the time, but I don't remember the 80s and 90s being quite this bad.

Sorry for the rant, but it was something I had to get off my chest. My heart goes out to the families of these two victims, and I hope their murderers get what they deserve. I also hope we will have a brighter future as a nation, because so far, things aren't looking so good.

What do you think? Is there something more we can do to stop these ridiculous murders from happening?


Sheena-kay Graham said...

I'm not sure about what can be done but something has to be done. In Jamaica I was very disturbed by the rape and murder of an elderly woman. These are sad times.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I saw that on the news this week and that scares me more than anything. No morals, no values, no regard for life. That is a terrifying thing.
And Jen, did you know word verification is still on?

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

I unashamedly don't watch the news much either just for that same reason. I don't care to live my life paranoid and thinking the worst of people, which is what the news can do to you. Yes, evil spreads from the sharing of it on the news and internet, people getting used to the idea of violence at a younger age, too many bad influences, and just 'cuz there're so many more people in the world.

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