October 30, 2013
First, I must say that my heart goes out to all of those involved in the shooting at the Sparks Middle School. Then I started wondering – what is wrong with our society? It brought me back to a time when I was a child. The Vietnam War was in full swing. And like many families in America, our family sat down to dinner, and the evening news. There on our small black and white television, were the images and horrors of the war, the nightly body count. Those images, those horrors will be with me forever.
Today however, the public is not shown any of these horrors. On the contrary, war is glorified. One only has to watch today's movies, television shows and video games to see the glory of the fight.
Perhaps we as a society ought to think about this impact on our children. Do we truly want to teach them that might is right, that the answer to discourse is to be solved with a gun — the solution to a difference in ideology lays at the end of a barrel?
Lisa Ann Cohn