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If you read even a small portion of Sodini’s thousands of online blogging pages you can learn a little about the culture of violence. And those pages tell us the most basic thing: rejected by woman after woman, Sodini killed what he couldn’t have or couldn’t control. And in the end that behavior even included killing himself.
Perhaps the final lesson of Sodini’s killing spree should as a culture scare us the most: bullies eventually turn their weapons around and destroy themselves. | Common Dreams
Violence is the American Way | Alternet
The American Culture of Violence » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
As a child I played war games (cowboys killing Indians). My friends and I routinely shot each other with toy guns of course. In my south Bronx neighborhood, older gang members had real guns and sometimes shot each other. Like in the movies! The cartoons I adored as a kid were loaded with violence as were the war movies Hollywood churned out to make propaganda for the actual war against Germany and Japan.Addicted to Violence: Has the American Dream Become a Nightmare? | Center for Media Literacy
The role of cultural purpose in the dynamics of violence — and particularly in the increasingly disturbing phenomena of random violence — came home strongly for me when I prepared for a number of speeches I made following the April 1992 civil disturbances in south Central Los Angeles. While reviewing the events of those days, I realized that the driving force behind the rioting changed over time. In its early hours, it seemed to be driven mostly by anger and frustration — ultimately the anger and frustration of people who felt they had little chance of winning at the American Dream. But as the violence became more and more chaotic and random in its targets, it seemed driven less by doubts about participants' chances for success in gaining the American Dream than by knowing at some level that even winning would mean little, that the dream itself had become empty. This ultimate despair became a force for destruction.Guns in America: the culture of violence: Voice of Russia
To enter into any debate regarding gun control in America we must first delve into the psyche and the culture of violence that exists in America, for this is where the real problem lies. It is not in 2nd amendment rights to bear arms or self-defense or crime, although these are issues the pro-gun lobby in the U.S. always hides behind. The real root cause is in the minds of the majority of the American public, who may feel that a gun gives them a feeling of empowerment, the power over life and death, the feeling that if they want to they can take a life. Something they see glorified in the media every day.