What do you think when you hear Columbine, or Aurora, or
Boston or even Sandy Hook? Do these names make you think of horror and deaths
of innocent teenagers and little children being massacred and slaughtered like
a pig on a farm without any warning? In their own schools, amonst the friends
they love, or in the case of Boston the people you’ve trained with for ages and
have intently waited for your moment to run a marathon, all those things being
abruptly stopped in a shower of blood, bullets and fire. These four blood baths
are just a tiny chink out of the armor of attrition. And the number of these
mass shootings is ever increasing. In fact 20 of the world’s worst mass
shootings happened in America where guns are advertised as regularly as a
burger advert, and equally outrageous. This is a land where fully automatic
weapons are 100% legal yet a simple Kinder egg is not. Is the media to blame
for this, for these atrocities, for weapons to be so readily available and for
past and future mass murderers to take inspiration from?


To kick things off the World Health Organization (WHO) has defined
violence as ‘the intentional use of physical force or power, if threatened or
actual against oneself or another living being. Against a group or community
which results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological
harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.’ Not only in the United States does
violence occur at such an alarming rate but all around the world, on a daily
basis, genocides are being commited, murders are going unnoticed and unsolved.
In fact among Americans aged 15-34 the main two causes of death are homicide and
suicide. As well as this in any given year more US children die from gunfire
than from cancer, pneumonia, influenza, asthma, and HIV/AIDS combined. As well
as this 32,000 people die from gun-related crime each year,that’s an average
about 88 per year. Don’t you think that that’s way too many for any sane person
to process. And these can be Homocides, Suicides and even Unintentional Deaths.

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Although there are many reasons for violent actions to take
place, an ever growing amount of studies shows a very strong correlation between
the happening of violence and an exposure to violence in the media. It is said
that people in the US spend an average of seven and a half hours using any form
of media. Research suggests that the time they spend interacting with various
media surpasses all other activities except sleep. In all of that time they are
almost guaranteed to come across something to do with violence. As well as this
some children are brought up in homes where families often own more that four
TV sets.