Stop sup­port­ing vi­o­lent en­ter­tain­ment op­tions

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

There seems to be a con­nec­tion in our so­ci­ety between the vi­o­lence we cel­e­brate in movies, in sports and in other ac­tiv­i­ties and the ac­cep­tance by many peo­ple of that vi­o­lence as be­ing nor­mal.

Many of the Hol­ly­wood movies of this past decade, and per­haps even longer, are vi­o­lent in char­ac­ter, and the ac­cep­tance by the pub­lic is ex­hib­ited by their on­go­ing fi­nan­cial suc­cess at the box of­fice. The sports that have be­come very pop­u­lar in our so­ci­ety, such as foot­ball, box­ing, and wrestling, are also based on the cel­e­bra­tion of vi­o­lence. Why then should we be sur­prised when some­thing like the killing of peo­ple at a con­cert is, in an in­di­vid­ual’s warped mind, only a con­tin­u­a­tion of this same mind­set of cel­e­bra­tion of vi­o­lence?

Per­haps we should con­sider the fact that, just maybe, we as ci­ti­zens of this free coun­try should stop cel­e­brat­ing vi­o­lence by halt­ing our con­tin­u­ing con­tri­bu­tion of time, money and at­ten­tion to th­ese vi­o­lent ac­tiv­i­ties.

RICHARD H. EGGERT

Bella Vista

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