If you watch TV or are aware of the content of movies this will come as no surprise: a new study by the magazine Pediatrics has found that gun violence in PG-13 movies has more than tripled since 1985 and it now exceeds the level found in R-rated films.
The magazine says these depictions of gun violence may fuel aggressive attitudes and behavior in young moviegoers.
When I was a kid, cowboys used guns to go after bad guys. Bad guys had guns, too, but they were always defeated. There was no depiction of bullets entering bodies or blood on the ground. Women were never shot, nor did they shoot.
Today, women frequently shoot men and the language they use and description of male body parts and bodily fluids would have shocked my grandmother.
Seeing these things, is it any wonder that our culture has become cynical, crass and corrupt? There are no lines left to cross. Twisted minds and souls see gun violence as normal and a way to address their grievances. That's why more gun laws won't help; not when moral laws have been broken.
In New York, I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: November 13, 2013