To what do you attribute the growing violence among our youth? Is it a result of violence in the home, movies?

or music or something else? I think it may be all and other reasons as well. Your thoughts? I was gonna say lack of God in their life but I just got a violation notice for quoting a verse from the Bible so I want to find out if I can say that first. LOL

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  • Andy F
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Please don't forget the role of the gun industry in making handguns easily available to kids who want to kill people/

    This has played a role, for example, at Columbine & a dozen other U.S. high schools where young men have recently used handguns or assault weapons to shoot down the teachers & classmates.

    I think the gun industry, by making powerful weapons available to people with violent impulses to begin with, significantly adds to the amount of shooting & killing we see in our society.

    Perhaps the "sin" of people living without God is what motivates the violence, but well-made guns that give violent people lots of firepower are what allows them to kill more victims at any one time.

    Beyond that, I think there are 3 factors (besides the religious one) that make the USA a violent society:

    1. First I think some violence is "natural" to all human beings, as it also is "natural" to our close cousins the chimpanzees.

    Perhaps it is evolutionary pressures, the competition among humans as to whose genes will be perpetuated in the gene pool, that leads groups of humans (like groups of chimps) to make war on each other. But both humans & chimps do make war on each other, and in the wild, chimps do so on a very small scale -- kind of at a "gang" level.

    I would guess that every human society has to struggle to keep small groups of teenaged boys from participating in gang violence that's a lot like the gang violence found in chimps.

    2. In addition to that, however, we need to face the fact that American history over the past 250 years has been quite violent -- more so than the history of some other countries.

    a. Our nation began in a revolution waged by the patriots of the 13 colonies against the British; we began our national identity with fighting & killing.

    b. Our nation was then preserved in the Civil War of 1861-1865, a very violent & brutal conflict.

    c. American history from the beginning also has featured a lot of racial violence, usually involving whites fighting against nonwhites.

    Examples include the Indian Wars;

    * Ku Klux Klan violence against the freed black slaves of the American South duing the late 1800s;

    * numerous white vs. black race riots during the 1900s (Detroit, Tulsa, Los Angeles, etc.);

    * the white racist violence that greeted the Civil Rights Movement in the South in the 1960s,

    * and the black violence of the Black Power Movement that convulsed many Northern cities between 1965 and 1970.

    In the late 1800s and into the mid 1900s, there also were extremely violent "labor wars" between the big corporations and union organizers trying to organize their workers. See the history of the Homestead strike, the Molly McGuires, the Pullman strike of 1894, the Ford Motor Co. plant at Rouge River, the Haymarket Square riot, and anti-union activities in Harlan County, Kentucky in the 1920s and 1930s for details.

    Look also at the shooting wars between cattlemen and sheepherders in the Old West, and at the careers of American gunmen like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid for an insight into violence that is still being celebrated in Hollywood movies.

    All of this history has made America into a "gunslinger nation," in the eyes of some historians. We are a society of people who kind of like to shoot each other, and who sometimes are proud of it.

    3. Meanwhile, there is a TREMENDOUS amount of violence that appears in American movies, on American television, and in American popular music, including "gangsta rap" but including some other popular music as well.

    American video games also increasingly have violent themes, and thanks to improvements in technology, the violence seen in video games is getting increasingly realistic.

    Meanwhile, the American government -- for whatever reason, good or bad -- keeps involving our nation in war after war.

    The big wars we're likely to see portrayed on TV and in the movies include World War II -- Korea -- Vietnam -- two different US invasions of Iraq -- the US bombing of Serbia over Kosovo -- the current US engagement in Afghanistan - and the unsuccessful US mission to Somalia portrayed in "Black Hawk Down."

    Meanwhile, US military personnel also are constantly fighting in "little wars" in countries that don't get into the news so much -- in Panama, Grenada, El Salvador, Columbia, Honduras, etc.

    The result of all this is that American children -- especially American boys -- grow up being bombarded by images of war, killing & violence. They are taught to shoot & kill by Western movies, TV detective shows and cop shows, TV footage of American soldiers fighting overseas, violent video games, violent gangsta rap music, and violent roleplaying games online -- for example, "World of Warcraft."

    I think the supposedly Christian "Left Behind" series has probably contributed to this glamorization of violence as well. Don't the last 1 or 2 books in the "Left Behind" series feature a war by the Christians against the forces of the Antichrist -- giving even churchgoing Christians an opportunity to fantasize about killing "bad guys" 4 a good cause?

  • Pete S
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I think physical violence has decreased in our society if you follow the statistics. However, I also think we're more accepting of simulated violence then in the past. You can chalk that up to media saturation, and bad parenting. Games like deer hunter and grand theft auto encourage our children to have less respect for all life. Many movies feature death, sometimes by the dozen. And then we have the news, where auto accidents, viral outbreaks and national crime are reported, allowing our nation to live in fear and violence is often a reaction to excessive fear. We let our children view this material without proper guidance or we shelter them so much that they lack coping skills to handle the bad events that occur in life.

    I don't think God has much to do with it. During periods of time, where the nation had more Christians, people still wanted to kill nazis, indians, out of line slaves and so on.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think it has to do with the how kids are raised period. They are not taught to respect others, earn there own things or take responsibility for their actions. This simply leads to thinking that you can do anything you want with no recourse, and it is true.

    Lack of god or violence in movies/music does not have anywhere near the effect people say if kids are raised correctly.

    My parents divorced when I was 6, I watched violent movies and listen to rock and metal music yet I have never committed a crime or harmed anyone else.

  • Tina
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    It is the sin of mankind that started back in the Garden of Eden . All of it has gotten worse, and it is a lack of education both from the parents, and the children who chose to do what is wrong in the music, the movies, the tv shows, the internet, the media at large that focuses on the violence as if it was the 'thing' to do.

    When as a result it is the complete opposite desire of those parents who don't want that from their children. The parents who do try to teach their children right values, to follow,i.e. from the Word of God, and the ones who do reasonably follow God's Word aren't the problem, it is the ones who find themselves involved in the 'drug scene, the immoral lifestyle, etc.' that make matters worse.

    And who is it that is trying to help them out of that major pit ? It should be those who are the Servants of the Lord, the missions that one sees downtown in major cities, and the outreaches for the poor, the ones seeking re-hab, that are needing that Eternal Salvation ! They are the ones who are trying to help but how many of the general population are trying to help them ??

    The lack of God's word in Schools, private, should be ok, unless they are not teaching His Word as they should be, and the public schools that have not allowed His Presence in Prayer, and the 10 commandments to be followed which by the way means, that you need Salvation to be able to try to follow them. And so on, many factors, but sin is the leading factor in all of the immoral behaviors. It saddens me to see such and yet only the LORD knows how many are trying to work hard in reversing such .

    Source(s): Life in general, and Bible teaching .
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  • There are so many reasons.

    We are growing to be desensitized to the pain of others. We are more selfish, less patient, have the feeling that we are owed something from the world, and no longer care who we hurt to get what we want. Our lives have become easy and convenient - even though we do not think they are. When something stands in our way, or does not go our way, we feel we are entitled to sue, retaliate, intimidate, and combat. There are several contributing factors to this - less parental involvement, abuse of all kinds in childrens' and adults' environments, chemical influence, peer influence, socially acceptable violence in tv, sports, games, etc, our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, a growing number of chemical imbalances, and our ever expanding sense of entitlement.

    That all being said, I really don't know that we are THAT much different from civilization 100 years ago...or 1000 years ago.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's mostly from a lack of hope. One does not need spiritual faith to find hope. One just needs to know that there is more beyond the horizon. As our children are faced with their parents losing their jobs and homes, they become the unfortunate punching bags for society. They need to know that there is more beyond just making a fast buck and living for a few years. This is what pushes gang violence. Take a look at those who managed to get out of the gangs; they all had hope. It's what they can find at the bottom of Pandora's Box.

    We need to help our youth see that they can succeed in life. We need to be patient and caring. We need to educate them not only in memorizing their times tables but in seeing what potential they have in the world. We do this by inspiring them to do more. Focus on their successes and help them see where their successes can lead them.

    Success is not dependent on the Bible or any other spiritual book. It must come from within. I don't have any problems with people finding their inspiration from their Bibles, but to assume that is the only way is how to remove hope from those who either are not Christians or who expect to burn for eternity.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Lack of god has nothing to do with it... otherwise there would be very little crime and violence seeing that about 2 percent of the US are atheists.

    Lack of critical thinking skills. Lack of empathy and thinking of others. Selfishness. Ignorance. It all goes back to education and parenting.

    Edit: and as someone mentioned - more media attention and access to information does not necessarily means that it happens more. It could very well be happening at the same rate it always has.

    Source(s): atheist
  • Zombie
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Youth violence has actually been lower in recent years than in the past.

    >> "I was gonna say lack of God in their life"

    You more or less just did, and you are wrong. Some of the most irreligious nations tend to have the lowest violent crime rates. Take murder for instance:

  • C Y
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Is the result what being fed in a person mind: movies, computer games etc, poor parental.

    So far, children of less than ten yrs old that I come across swear, curse, even gropes are because of feeding on porn materials and cert-18 movies. I wonder if this is the same effect on adult as well?

    If one eats junk food all the time one eventually get bad health.

  • 1 decade ago

    Lack of God, love, respect for life and others, lack of good parental guidance. I agree poor choices in entertainment plays a part in it as well. Plus the bible describes how people would behave during "the last days" which is the period we are living in right now.

    (2 Timothy 3:1-5) . . .But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up [with pride], lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. . .

    A Sincere Bible Student

    H B J

  • 1 decade ago

    what makes you think there is a growth in violence among the youth? is it because there were a few recent reports about youth violence in the news?

    i don't think there is a growth at all, i think the media just pulls it out once and a while to make you think that.

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