Not wanting to add to the media mania about the East Coast school murders but consider this:
The New York Times in its’ Saturday December 15 editions plublished a chart of “Mass Shootings in the U.S.”
It detailed 10 other such travesties that began in 1949: a shooting in Camden, N.J.
The next one was in 1966 with the shooting by Charles Whitman, who shot 14 people from the tower at the University of Texas in Austin.
So, from 1949 until 1966 there had been no such recorded, according ”the the gray lady” of any such shootings until 1966.
So, good folks what happened between 1949 and 1966 that the landscape missed.
The answer is TELEVISION.
Think on it.
It began with shows depicting a breakdown of family values, a disrespect for authority, a gun cult, and on and on.
And, with that came HOLLYWOOD with the bloody assaults against authority – ” Dog Day Afternoon,” etc.
And, when anyone raised a question about the violence on television and movies, freedom of expression/speech was the cry from the liberals from West and East coasts.
There had been plenty of nasty weapons over these years, but nothing of this magnitude had occurred.
But, then came televison,
Watch television today, it is sick.
And, then we anguish of why someone would kill his mother.
I’m not a sociologist but watch what we expose our children to: does it have a difference?
My prayers are with the parents of victims who had no choice.