What happened to create a generation of young adults that have no value for human life?
I live in Indianapolis IN with a population of approximately 853,894 so far there has been 120 murders this year 2014. Many are young black youth killing each other. Why does a disagreement have to lead to violence? Do these young people not know how to work out their differences using words and not weapons? I wonder what happened to cause this type of behavior.
Actually, violent crime is on the decline--it just feels like there are more incidents because news reporting has become worldwide instead of just local. Violent crime in the U.S. in particular has been on a sharp downturn since 1994, which, coincidentally enough, coincides with the release of Doom and Wolfenstein, the first major first-person shooter games.
If anything, this just means we've raised a generation of young adults who care more about human life than ever before, and that they've taken to releasing their frustrations at virtual enemies instead of at each other.
What does our government project of the US society? War. A bellicose nation. What the government does, at a macro level, affects in a micro level the population. Our government clearly states internationally and domestically that the life of Syrian, Palestinian, Somali, Ukrainian child... doesn't matter in the grand scheme of life, only matters our elite's interests. With such model, why would kids be better than their elders?
Whatever the media focuses on is what people tend to believe.
A city with 853,894 people has 120 murders is not all that high when you consider 1% of that population total would equal approximately 8539.
Cigarette smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths, or (one of every five deaths), each year!
This in no way means we should ignore the murder rates of metropolitan cities. However it's clear the media's policy is "If it bleeds it leads" when it comes to news coverage.
There are numerous factors which contribute to violent crime. Among them are a breakdown within families and bad parenting, poverty, and violence glamorized in music and movies. Most people are killed by people (they) know.
Having said that only a very tiny percentage of people choose to kill another human being. One of the biggest issues police have to contend with is in many urban areas people refuse to step forward as witnesses. "Snitches get stitches" or worse is their belief.
Naturally if one is contemplating killing someone and knows there is likely no one who would testify against them then murder seems like a viable option over negotiating with one's enemies.
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