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If you want a reason why people continue to experience the trauma and the issues from mass shootings and the horrific tragedies that have occurred in recent years, it’s because they’re being coddled, not because the media still feels the need to air programs that have such violence. There is such a thing as victims’ rights, and they have the right to change the channel whenever they happen to see a program depicting this kind of violence. No one forces them to sit through it and watch the horror unfold. Coddling a person is just as damaging as forcing them to relive it again and again, as it allows them to wall themselves away from the real world and what it means to be alive. Now isn’t the time to shy away from gun violence on TV or in movies, it’s time to realize that it’s a very serious problem and allow people to be scared.
It might not work with everyone but being scared reminds you that you are alive, and that there are some very nasty and uncertain moments in this life. There are people like the Las Vegas shooter that have gone off the rails and decided that it was okay to unload round after round of ammunition into a crowded area. It was considered acceptable by the deranged young man that opened fire in a crowded theater in Colorado. It was thought to be a good idea by the two students that opened fire in Columbine High School. Believe it or not they are still the minority...
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