What's causing all the violence?

With news of riots and shootings across the country, it’s easy to see why so many people think society today is extremely violent. It makes many families fearful to travel to school or even out to the store. What has led to so much violence and so much fear? There are likely a few contributors with media being at the top of the list.

Contributing factors

Glorifying Sex & Violence

It’s easy to see that there is a lot more adult content on readily accessible television shows these days than there were a few decades ago. Explicit nudity and violence are commonplace, even for shows that air before kids’ bedtimes. The glorification of sex and violence and even the glorifying of criminal characters leads many impressionable minds to reenact what they see on TV, usually regretting it afterwards when it’s too late and the damage is done.

Hollywood Is Desensitizing Us

Although movies tend to have ratings that are supposed to keep younger audiences away from gratuitous violence, kids still find access to them. Some filmmakers attempt to push the limits when it comes to how much violence they can get away with, and this can lead to desensitization toward violent acts. Young viewers especially might wish to replicate what they see on the big screen just because it looks cool; after all, it seemed pretty cool in the movie.

Is Punishing Violence Enough?

Violent acts can cause lifelong consequences for the surviving victims who end up hiring an injury attorney to recover losses. There are laws in place to punish violent criminals and protect victims, but is it enough? Some politicians seem to think building more prisons is the answer. However, that solution is costly and doesn’t seem to dissuade new criminals from committing violent acts. Preventing people from turning into violent criminals should be the main focus.

What will you do about violence?

Some people blame fearmongering in the media and access to weapons for all the violence that is rampant in society. Parents should know what their children are exposed to over the internet, on television, and in the movies. People who commit violent acts should be brought to justice. As a member of society, it’s important not to sit idly by but to make your voice heard that there are serious consequences to violence.