Violence in America
Violence in America is much worse than almost anywhere else. Here's why:
America's cultural mindset We expect the American Dream...but we're stuck with the American reality.
Understanding America's violent ways:
America the warrior society War and violence "have been pervasive in American life and culture from this country's earliest days."
A Latin view of American-style violence The world notes our hyper-individualism and gunslinger mentality.
Some arguments for gun control A lone-gunman type displays America's obsession with its manhood.
The evidence against media violence Violence expert David Grossman and others lay out the facts.
The media is the gateway of American culture:
Highlights of the FTC report on media violence The mass media sells sex and violence constantly, 24/7.
Are parents responsible for their kids' violence? Try "troubled youth, toxic environment and peer dynamics."
SchoolRumors.com: a typical media influence How our culture inculcates aggression and hostility in kids.
Murder in the '90s
The many ways violence manifests itself in America's media:
Review of PUNISHER #1
Comics, The Matrix, and death-happy audiences
The LAPD and comic book heroes
Gladiator and The Patriot glorify violence
Violence, Greek drama, and American trash
The Bible as media violence
Victor or victim: our new national anthem?
Straight shootin' with the Duke
Why white boys keep shooting
Terrorists followed media violence script
Right-wing extremists: the enemy within
Doing nothing is a copout We'll never have perfect information, but that's no excuse not to act
What to do about America's violent nature:
Jawboning as the best solution Individuals can talk, educate, and raise awareness until people listen.
Teenage violence...solved! (more or less) Social scientists are identifying the risk factors and the programs that work.
Winning through nonviolence Long-term, violence is not only an immoral choice, it's a losing strategy.
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