Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Are guns or games the root of violent behavior?

Regarding John Hughes's Nov. 11 column "Video game violence isn't harmless fun": If this were true, kids in Europe and Asia would be shooting at each other, too. But they aren't.

Games have nothing to do with school shootings or other kinds of violence in the United States. It is, rather, the availability of guns. I know it's hard for most people in the US to look the truth in the eye - always seeking some excuse, always trying to find explanations for our violent behavior, but never wanting to admit the cause of the problem: guns and guns alone.

People all over the world watch, listen to, and play with violence, but don't do to one another what we do here. Joanna Lazzo New York

I agree wholeheartedly that violence in video games and in any form that is repeatedly viewed or listened to is just like a bad habit - it creates the desire for more. It has proven to be instrumental in causing children and young adults to act out what they see and hear.

It's a shame that we as responsible adults have allowed this violence (in all forms) to permeate our everyday lives. Why do we sit idly by and let this happen? If I had my wish, games and movies would never be an avenue for violence. Rhonda Powell Mount Juliet, Tenn.

A salute to veterans

Regarding Mike Revzin's Nov. 10 Opinion "A 'blanket statement' about WWII veterans": I enjoyed the story of the two veterans at the beach and agree, being a Desert Storm vet, that there is and always should be a strong feeling of pride and honor in those who have served this great nation of ours. I am extremely proud to have served for eight years, and I have always found that when I meet a fellow veteran, there is an implicit mutual respect.

I hope people never forget the price that has been paid for the freedom that we sometimes take for granted - and on these days of remembrance to stop for a moment and look at the beauty of America, to see that freedom is worth fighting for, and that it is still a great honor to be called an American! …

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