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Letter: Mass shootings, mass media, the elephant in the room

To the Editor:

The senseless shootings in El Paso and Ohio recently had the usual coverage by the mainstream media. Endless footage at the scenes, certain politicians regurgitating the same old talking points, traumatized witnesses. I do not make light of the seriousness of the seemingly routine horror that goes on. However, little or no attention is paid to the shoot to kill video games that have saturated the minds of many youth.

In fact, in a recent Associated Press article , the authors wrote that there is no known link between shoot-to-kill video games and violence. Really? Years ago, during the Iraq War, the McHenry County Peace Group had presentations at MCC, one of which featured Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who was an expert in the psychology of killing.

He explained that the shoot-to-kill video games were developed for the military to desensitize soldiers to killing. Once the corporations were able to market these to kids, the tremendous profits gained overwhelmed any moral sensibility. In Grossman’s book ’Stop Teaching our Children to Kill’, he explained the psychology used in the videos.

While the mainstream media continues its lopsided treatment of President Trump, in his speech at the White House recently, he said “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are so commonplace.

It is too easy for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately.

Cultural change is hard, but each of us can choose to build a culture that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every human life. That’s what we have to do.”

Stop teaching our children to kill is one step desperately needed.

Nicholas C. Kockler

Woodstock

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