Media has contributed to America's moral decline, gun violence

Sunday , March 04, 2018 - 6:00 AM9 comments

The recent school shooting in Florida was a real tragedy. But, to be honest, we must put the 17 deaths in perspective.

In the U.S., drunk drivers kill about 30 innocent people per day. Abortions kill about 1,793 babies per day. Of the 100,000 schools in the U.S., over the last 25 years, gun deaths have averaged 10 per year. Sad, but over the same time, over 100 children per year have been killed riding bikes and walking to school.

It is not the availability of guns that is the problem. Guns have always been plentiful. We kept them in our trucks at school. The Sears and Roebuck catalog had many pages of guns you ordered and they mailed to your door, no questions asked.

The real culprits are the changes in moral values in our country. The media must share a lot of the blame. Movies and TV now have extreme violence unmatched in our history. Computer games allow our kids to spend hours a day killing people in high-def, desensitizing them. The media gives 24/7 coverage to the killers of our children. They all get not 15 minutes but weeks of fame and inspire copycat killers.

Many mistakenly think our problems would end if there no AR-15s. Many of us think our problems would end if movies, TV and video games were controlled better. Unfortunately, the First Amendment protects all that violence-inspiring media, just like the Secpmd Amendment protects our right to own and bear arms. I disagree with the First Amendment much as many of you disagree with the Second Amendment.

And just like alcohol prohibition did not work, gun control will not work either.

According to FBI statistics, and regardless of what the news media portray, gun deaths are at their lowest level in 50 years.

Scott Stanford

Layton

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