Violence in the U.S.

EdBEdB Senior MemberPosts: 2,845 Senior Member
Something to think about.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48850.htm

"Violence Is in the DNA of American Society"

In the face of the ongoing mass shootings of children -- from those killed at Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School to those killed last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School -- it is not just the gunmen who have blood on their hands. The other culprits are the politicians bought off by the gun lobby, and a culture of violence that profits by militarizing everything and turning mass entertainment into a spectacle of violence.

Guns do not protect people; they simply say loud and clear that the only way to solve a problem and define your identity is through violence. Capitalism breeds incredible misery, evil, greed and violence in its single-minded pursuit of profits. In this case, it does so at the growing expense of the lives of children. We are in the midst of an authoritarian state that emboldens tyrants, politicians for hire and rewards a silence that translates into a murderous act of complicity.

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  • sherbsherb Senior Member Posts: 2,179 Senior Member
    EdB wrote: »
    Guns do not protect people; they simply say loud and clear that the only way to solve a problem and define your identity is through violence. Capitalism breeds incredible misery, evil, greed and violence in its single-minded pursuit of profits. In this case, it does so at the growing expense of the lives of children. We are in the midst of an authoritarian state that emboldens tyrants, politicians for hire and rewards a silence that translates into a murderous act of complicity.

    I cannot recall ever seeing a clearer definition of a non sequitur than this. If anyone knows of one, by all means, let me know.
  • EdBEdB Senior Member Posts: 2,845 Senior Member
    So what do you think of the culture of violence that exists in our country today, do you think it has any effect on the increasing number of mass shootings we are experiencing?
  • George KGeorge K Super Moderator Posts: 8,827 Senior Member
    EdB wrote: »
    So what do you think of the culture of violence that exists in our country today, do you think it has any effect on the increasing number of mass shootings we are experiencing?

    Ed. It is a fact that the the USA has a historical tradition of gun ownership and is more violent than some other nations. To then state that capitalism is to blame, and to conclude that we are living in an authoritarian state is a leap of irrationality so stupid that it does not - sorry Sherb :) - does not deserve to be dignified with the label of non sequitur.
    Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.
  • EdBEdB Senior Member Posts: 2,845 Senior Member
    Okay, that's your opinion of capitalism. What's your opinion about our culture of violence helping to cause the increasing number of mass shootings?
  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 9,288 Senior Member
    Ed,

    What's your opinion about our culture of people eating tide pods?
  • EdBEdB Senior Member Posts: 2,845 Senior Member
    This is a serious subject, what do you think of our violent culture as a cause of mass shootings?

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