Letter: Why did America become so violent? | letters to the editor

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A recent Tribune story detailed the horrific mass shootings that took place. It’s hard to believe this is the same America as it was a few years ago. Why have we become such a violent nation?

Alexis de Tocqueville, French philosopher and historian, wrote this: America is great because it is good, and if America ever stops being good, it will stop being great. Maybe it’s time to remember some of the fundamentals that helped us become great.

Instead of blaming guns or the government, let’s look at ourselves in the mirror. Our society is saturated with violent music, videos, games and television programs. It’s time to stop supporting those who are benefiting. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry say exposure to violent media contributes to violent behavior.

There are many simple things we can do to help raise balanced children. Here are a few: When you drive your kids to school, gym, or shopping, turn off your phone and talk to them. Go to the park, play board games, find activities you enjoy together.

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Have dinner together. It’s quite pathetic that we have a national holiday (26th September 2022) to have a meal as a family. A Columbia University report found that the more children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use illegal drugs.

Bring your kids to church. You and you will benefit as you learn to turn to God for strength, comfort and wisdom. Teach your children about gratitude prayers and how to make requests. A Harvard University study found that children who attended church once a week reported having better lives in their 20s than those who did not.

Back when America was less violent.

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