Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 1, 2013

MAIL CALL: Is there any question why society is so violent?

Athens Daily Review

Athens — In case someone missed the film review for the movie “Resident Evil: Retribution” in the Guide section, page 17, of the Dallas Morning News last Friday, January 25, 2013, allow me to share. 

The movie is rated F (the lowest possible rating) with the following review: “This fifth entry in the series was No. 1 at the box office on its debut weekend, despite its feeble dialogue and weak acting. The violence is impersonal, gory and nonstop.”

Rated F, feeble dialogue, weak acting, violence, gory, nonstop and yet this film is No. 1 at the box office! This should not surprise, as violence on public theater screens has become prevalent in our society.                                   

We are now a society where children’s entertainment, for many, includes video games where winning is defined by how many people or creatures or things a player can kill and extra points are awarded when the killing is by the most hideous means.

All is well until violence becomes headlines with incidents of mayhem by deranged individuals in theaters, schools, and other public places. Then Hollywood, politicians in Washington D.C., much of the main stream media, and liberals everywhere rush to blame the violence on gun ownership and the availability of guns.

Our 2nd Amendment rights are again under attack from all the noisemakers mentioned above.  One only needs to study the historical cycle involving democracy and tyranny to realize that we give up these rights at our own peril.  

I believe the greatest change in our society over the last 60 years is its moral decay, where elements of instant gratification, anything goes, something for nothing, you owe me and I want it free and forever has become a way of life for far too many.  Could this be a contributing cause of today’s violence?  

Sixty years ago, we did not have these frequent incidents of public violence when gun ownership was as common as it is today.

Bud Henry