As the Father of two young children, the world we live in scares me badly. It has also strengthend my resolve to be as good a parent as I can be. I like to consider myself a compassionate dictator. My house. My rules. But, here's the reason for the rules and a whole lotta love to go with them. The kneejerk reaction to this sort of thing is to ban guns and find blame. Video games, bad parenting, Eminem, Marilyn Manson,etc. In my day it was Alice Cooper, KISS, OZZY and violent movies. Does Eminem influence our kids? Yes, I believe so. Do these ultra-violent video games influence our kids? Yes, by taking the pain out of killing and glamorizing the killers. Do I think these types of things need to be banned? No. For better or worse, we (or most of us anyway) live in the freeist country on the earth. I and anyone else are free to pursue whatever dream I want as long as I don't violate the laws. It is my responsiblity to teach my children what is inherently wrong with the messages being put forth by Eminem and others of his ilk. It is also my responsiblity to teach my children the concept of empathy. A concept which is almost gone from todays society. To put yourself in the shoes of the other guy and see how your actions affect him is the first step towards making us a littler gentler, a little more tolerant and a lot safer. I have no doubt that as my kids grow up, there will be times when they "hate" me for being so invloved with their lives, but in today's society, it might be the difference between life and death. My 2 cents.
ps I'm not a gun owner and would be very happy to see them disappear. I am, however, a realist.
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