Do You Think Violent Movies and Video Games Are Partly to Blame For Our Violent Society?
With all of the news lately about rampaging, gun-toting, murderous teen boys, I'll forgive you if you'd forgotten about this one: Jake Evans, the 17-year-old homeschooled youth from an upscale gated community in Aledo, Texas, with no history of mental illness, who casually murdered his mother and younger sister. He then spent 20 minutes chatting in detail about it with a 911 operator.
Jake has now penned a four-page confession to the authorities. He goes into greater detail about what caused him to commit this vile, horrific act. Top of the list? His favorite movie. And it's not Gone With the Wind.
Jake says watched the Rob Zombie remake of Halloween three times before killing his mom and 15-year-old sister. He was apparently in awe of the lead character -- a 10-year-old boy who casually murders his family. Wrote Jake:
As I watched it, I was amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had afterward. I was thinking to myself, It will be the same for me when I kill someone.
After watching the movie for the third time, Jake threw it in the trash so people wouldn't realize where he got his "inspiration." He wrote:
My plan was to kill my sister and my mom at my house and then go over to my grandparents' and kill my oldest sister Emily and my two grandparents.
However, Jake only killed his mom and his younger sister because after their murders -- which were more gruesome than he'd counted on, replete with blood, screams, and a sister he had to shoot several times to make die -- Jake finally realized that this wasn't a movie. So he called 911 instead.
We've already heard about how the Newtown shooter, Adam Lanza, was a big fan of violent videogames. And the teen from New Mexico who shot his mother, three siblings, and father was also a violent videogame fanatic.
Plenty of people watch violent movies and video games
and don't kill, but I believe others, who are more prone towards mental
illness or violence, can be incredibly susceptible to their images and
ideas. If you've got a moody teen at home, why not play it safe and
introduce them to intelligent movies? How about a little Woody Allen? He
might become a whiner but probably not a murderer.
This goes for society as a whole. Why do we glorify violence so much? A movie with tons of blood, splatter, and death can get an R rating. But a movie with an oral sex scene can be NC-17! Makes NO SENSE.
The truth is often what goes into your mind is what your mind eventually becomes.
Do you think violent movies and video games are partially to blame for our violent society?