Do we really have to ask why?

Do we really have to ask why?

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By Lianne Castelino

This weekend’s protesting, police presence, hooliganism, 600+ arrests, black mark on a city, traffic disruptions and more as a result of the Summits (G20 and G8) in Toronto is cause for concern and reflection.

Why are we continually surprised as a society by acts of violence? Why do these criminal acts end up on the front page of the newspaper? And what seeds are we sowing as a society that cultivates this kind of behaviour?

There is a vociferous but often overlooked group of individuals that will tell you exposure to violence from childhood, whether ongoing or frequent, will likely produce teens or adults who either don’t see anything wrong with this behaviour who those who ultimately carry out these criminal acts.

Let’s take a look at cartoon, movies, and video games that are rated “acceptable for children’s or General audiences. I must admit that in my house 99% of those deemed General are not allowed for a host of valid reasons.

I don’t need my kids playing video games that advocate shooting and killing. It doesn’t matter who else has them and how popular they are. These types of games just should not be produced.

Likewise, we have never allowed toy guns or any shooting-type implements in our house for play purposes. What is the point?  Someone tell me what they learn from them, please?

I’ve never understood parents who allow it.

Call me militant. I’m happy with that label if it means my kids are less-focused on trying to physically beat each other up or annihilate the enemy (in a video game) or elsewhere.

Most cartoons these days also promote mature subject matter or some kind of violence.

Coming from another generation, I understand that Looney Tunes was based in part on violent act’s but somehow it was funny, not so intense and the message was ultimately innocent, good fun.

These day the images are more real, the message delivered with anger and frustration. The end result – a growing sector of young people in our society that use this type behaviour as a tool to get their message heard.

Respect, compromise, rationale discussion seem to part of a dying breed.

It’s too bad that some parents don’t or won’t take the time to monitor what types of toys are being bought, what shows their kids are watching or what kind of video games are being played because it will cost in the long run, in some way shape or form.

It’s really too bad because there were a ton of peaceful protesters in the mix during the G20 and G8 Summits in Toronto.
I would have really liked to hear what they had to say.