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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:55 AM

37. I don't know how old you are, Philosoraptor, but, I saw lots of bullying in my school days.

I think the reasons why you see so many cases of bullied kids respond with guns today can be traced to a lot of things:

1. Since my school days, our society has become numbed to what guns can do. We have video games where a person can be a Rambo wannabe and blow up half of a country by himself, and kill dozens of enemies in the comfort of his basement and not be killed or hurt; you just restart and repeat the process. We've become insensitive to violence. Over the years we've seen increased violence on TV and movies in graphic detail. In the end, we just walk away from the screen no worse for the wear.

2. Guns are more accessible, especially those made for things other than hunting game. When I was in school, you never thought of buying assault weapons or other firearms that fire many rounds in a few seconds. You never saw them. And now, these types of weapons are accessible and their use is glorified, thanks to TV and movie shows and video games. And somehow, in this country's twisted society, this is justified thinking and behavior in that somehow, we're preserving our basic human rights.

I think if the students in my school days 40 years ago were exposed to the nonstop violence in the media and had the access to firearms the way kids do today, there would have been more mass killings in schools back then.

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