Kids To Kill"
By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
Phi Kappa Phi National Forum, Fall 2000, 2500 words
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Case Study: Paducah, Kentucky
Michael Carneal, the 14-year-old killer in the Paducah,
Kentucky school shootings, had never fired a real pistol
in his life. He stole a .22 pistol, fired a few practice
shots, and took it to school. He fired eight shots at a
high school prayer group, hitting eight kids, five of them
head shots and the other three upper torso (Grossman &
train numerous elite military and law enforcement organizations
around the world. When I tell them of this achievement they
are stunned. Nowhere in the annals of military or law enforcement
history can we find an equivalent "achievement."
does a 14-year-old boy who never fired a gun before get
the skill and the will to kill? Video games and media violence.
Virus of Violence..........The per capita murder rate
doubled in this country between 1957 --when the FBI started
keeping track of the data--and 1992.
Unnaturally..........Just as the army is conditioning
people to kill, we are indiscriminately doing the same
thing to our children, but without the safeguards.
Methods in this Madness: Brutalization..........Brutalization
is designed to break down your existing mores and norms
and to implement a new set of values that embrace destruction,
violence, and death as a way of life.
Conditioning..........Classical conditioning is like
the famous case of Pavlov's dogs you learned about in
Conditioning..........The military and law enforcement
community have made killing a conditioned response.
Models........... No matter what someone has done,
if you put his picture on TV, you have made him a celebrity,
and someone, somewhere, will emulate him.
Violence..........What is the road home from the dark
and lonely place to which we have traveled?
Back: Education, Legislation, Litigation..........The
following list of nonviolent video games has been developed
by The Games Project.
of Violence, Peace, and Conflict, Volume 3, p.159
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