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Do You Think Violent Movies and Video Games Are Partly to Blame For Our Violent Society?

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 1:37 PM
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Teen Who Killed Mom & Sister Says He Was 'Inspired' by Favorite Movie

Posted by Kiri Blakeley

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?

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nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I don't know but Canada and Australia have the same movies and play the same games and they don't have the deaths we do here in the US.

tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

No..I think irresponsible parenting is part of the problem.Too many parents not teaching their kids right from wrong.

Clairwil
by Gold Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM
Quoting Cafe MichelleP:

Do you think violent movies and video games are partially to blame for our violent society?

No.

The movies and games (and pornography) in Japan are far more violent, but their society is far less violent.


Debrowsky
by Silver Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I definitely think it plays a part.    If we feed on negativity, sooner or later it oozes out somehow. 

Friday
by Platinum Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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No, we were violent before video games or movies existed and I know plenty of gamers and horror buffs who would never dream of hurting anyone.

I think parenting is part of the problem, kids need to be taught the difference between media and real life. Mental health issues are part as well. Takes a mentally messed up person to hurt another that way.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

grandmab125
by Gold Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I wish people would stop comparing us to other countries on just about everything.

Canada doesn't have the huge gang and illegal immigrant, i.e, drug problems,  we have here in the US.  Plus they already have a lot of restrictions on gun ownership.  They also only have 35M people, which is 9 times smaller than the US.

Australia has pretty restrictive gun laws, and only about 15 per 100 people own guns.  Their gun permits are pretty much limited to firearms for purposes such as hunting, controlling feral animals, collecting and target shooting.  They seldom give permits to own one to a person for the purposes of their own self defense....even when someone can prove their life is in danger.  They are 14 times smaller than the US at about 22M people.

So, it would make common sense that smaller countries, are going to have lower death rates by guns than the US, especially when you factor in all of the illegally held guns by the gang bangers and drug dealers.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

I don't know but Canada and Australia have the same movies and play the same games and they don't have the deaths we do here in the US.

 

grandma B

grandmab125
by Gold Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

 Food for thought on Japan's low murder rate, besides the fact that they have banned nearly every kind of gun, and only 0.6 people per 100 legally own a gun.  You have to remember that the citizenry are a very compliant group of people, and wouldn't think of questioning their gov't.

There’s a list of pet stupid tricks that gun control advocates pull out of their sleeve once this argument begins. One of their typical tricks is to point to how low Japan’s murder rate has been since it banned firearms. And it looks compelling.

In 2008, the U.S. had over 12 thousand firearm-related homicides. All of Japan experienced only 11, fewer than were killed at the Aurora shooting alone. And that was a big year: 2006 saw an astounding two, and when that number jumped to 22 in 2007, it became a national scandal.

Well that sounds impressive, doesn’t it. If we just outlawed guns, we too could have a murder rate of only 2. But does anyone seriously think that? Even gun control liberals?

Japan has always had a very low murder rate. In the 1920s, its murder rate was half or a third of the US. Even as Japan was committing genocide in China, its murder rate halved from what it had been before. By 1979, Japan had a fifth of America’s murder rate.

Japan’s crime rates have always been ridiculously low, for reasons that have nothing to do with the possession of guns. The issues are cultural. And they can only be replicated in the United States by making the country more Japanese, in ways that liberals would positively hate, rather than by banning guns.

Step 1 in the process of making America more Japanese would involve ending immigration and multiculturalism and there is little doubt, statistically, that this would do far more to lower our homicide rate, than banning guns.

In 1900, the United States had a lower murder rate than Japan. The United States homicide rate doubled between the 1900s and the 1920s. It declined in the wartime and post-war period when most immigrants had been successfully integrated and it spiked again during the 1960s.

Two years after Ted Kennedy’s Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the murder rate rose sharply. Ten years later in 1975, the US murder rate had doubled.

Anyone who wants Japan’s murder rate needn’t waste time with its gun control laws and can skip right to its immigration policies.

Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting Cafe MichelleP:

Do you think violent movies and video games are partially to blame for our violent society?

No.

The movies and games (and pornography) in Japan are far more violent, but their society is far less violent.

 

 

grandma B

Clairwil
by Gold Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:25 PM
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Quoting grandmab125:

Australia [...].  They are 14 times smaller than the US at about 22M people.

So, it would make common sense that smaller countries, are going to have lower death rates by guns than the US

I can see why being smaller would affect the absolute number of deaths per year.

But why would it affect the rate (ie the number of deaths per 100,000 populaiton) ?


sherry132
by Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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 I think that we easily forget how harsh and violent the world was prior to movies and video games. I think we just hear more about it now because of so much technology that instantly brings us news.

I also think that as a society, we really should study history a little more seriously, that way, the brutality of humans as a whole won't be so shocking.

parentalrights1
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:36 PM
No. If they are crazy like that, it will happen eventually. If they are not crazy like that then it won't happen. If not a game or movie, they are still a ticking time bomb. Maybe they get ideas from the movie but not the idea to do the deed. More like how. MAYBE.

Getting rid of or censoring games will solve nothing. People think it desensitized but it really doesn't. It will desensitize to other movies and games but the real thing will always shock the gamer.
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