Kids To Kill"
Back: Education, Legislation, Litigation
must work against child abuse, racism, poverty and children’s
access to guns, and in rebuilding our families, but we must
also take on the producers of media violence. The solution
strategy that I submit for consideration is, “education,
Simply put, we need to work toward “legislation” which outlaws
violent video games for children. In July, 2000, the city
of Indianapolis passed just such an ordinance, and every
other city, country or state in America has the right to
do the same. There is no Constitutional “right” to teach
children to blow people’s heads off at the local video arcade.
And we are very close to being able to do to the media,
through “litigation,” what is being done to the tobacco
industry, hotting them in the only place they understand--their
of all, the American people need to be informed. Every parent
must be warned of the impact of violent visual media on
children, as we would warn them of some rampant carcinogen.
Violence is not a game, it is not fun, it is not something
that we let children do for entertainment. Violence kills.
President Leslie Moonves was asked if he thought the school
massacre in Littleton, Colorado, had anything to do with
the media. His answer was: "Anyone who thinks the media
has nothing to do with it, is an idiot." (Reuters.
2000, March 19). That is what the networks are selling,
and we do not have to buy it. An educated and informed society
can and must find its way home from the dark and lonely
place to which it has traveled.
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Col. Dave Grossman, is a retired Army Ranger, West Point
psychology professor, and an expert on the psychology of
killing. He has testified before the U.S. House and Senate,
and his research was cited by the President of the United
States in the wake of the Littleton school shootings. He
is director of the Warrior Science Group in Jonesboro,
Arkansas, and has written Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill:
A Call to Action Against TV, Movie, and Video Game Violence,
(Crown/Random, 1999) and On Killing: The Psychological
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