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Does pop culture play a role in mass shootings?

December 29, 2012

America reacted with shock and horror to the murders of 20 young children and six educators two weeks ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn....

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Jan-01-13 10:32 AM

The question asked in the subheading is "Does pop culture play a role in mass shootings?" The answer is yes it does, but it's only part of the the culture of violence in America.

If people are really interested in learning about government's role in providing help for the mentally ill, there's plenty of information available.

I don't think there's more mental illness in our society, but there is certainly less care for those with mental illnesses. Although some of those committed to institutions never returned to society, a great number of them did. And some were abused, neglected, and died while institutionalized. De-institutionalization has failed because the state and local governments have failed to adequately fund mental health treatment. It's much like the closing of Children Homes in favor of the foster care system. Neither of them work, and they've failed the majority of people.

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Jan-01-13 10:10 AM

Great article Old Hickory!

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Dec-31-12 2:53 PM

Kombatboots, they had the insane people locked up in the 50's and 60's. In state operated mental institutions. Payed for with tax money. You know, the "government throwing money at the mentally ill?"

I so love the quote in the story of the mother who said her kids watched their father play violent video games, but "it doesn't matter, they know the difference between them and reality." REALLY? How do you know?

We are totally screwed as a country with people using flawed logic like that!

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Dec-31-12 10:14 AM

Lets hot leave out the damages done by the media today you not only hear or read what happened moments ago but you can see what the media wants you to see of it.

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Dec-31-12 7:37 AM

It's the people who realize that there is NO EXCUSE for this type of violence that are correct. I'm really sick of hearing all of this crying to throw "Government" money at mental illness. How many mentally ill people ran around killing people in the 50's and 60's? I don't have an exact number but it wasn't nearly as many as there are in this day of excuses and lack of accountabilty. "I was born that way, I'm sick, it's naot my fault......"

Don't excuse another abnormal behavior and blame it on television, video games, or the availabilty of guns. The number one cause of these type of incidents is the moral decay of society.

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Dec-31-12 12:10 AM

Slogoin I refer you to the following summary of the Reagan administrations actions towards the mentally ill. Ronald Reagan and the Commitment of the Mentally Ill: Capital, Interest Groups, and the Eclipse of Social Policy

Alexandar Thomas Department of Sociology and Anthropology Northeastern University

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