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Nicholas Lawson yeah yeah hey what if like there was a pastor or priest on primetime on a major network and what if television started professing the reason we should behave … like currently i’d venture to say it probably is gangster rap and violent video games that put the thoughts in people heads and not to mention a kid that sees a mass shooting on the news and he or she thinks to themself they want to do that .. like what am i saying here … we need better parents

Rob Berry “i’d venture to say it probably is gangster rap and violent video games that put the thoughts in people heads”

This is unlikely. Gangster rap and violent video games first became popular in the early- to mid-90s… right about the same time that the rate of violent crimes in America began trending downwards. If gangster rap and violent video games actually caused violence, we should have been seeing an upward trend instead of a downward trend.

“we need better parents”

Agreed. But to do that, we need to remove obstacles to good parenting. This means mandating paid time off for maternity and paternity leave. This means raising wages to the point where a single breadwinner can make enough to raise a family on, rather than requiring both parents to work (sometimes at multiple jobs) in order to make ends meet. This means funding mental health care for victims of child abuse and neglect, to ensure that they don’t continue the cycle when they grow up. And so forth. These things cost money, which means we need to decide what’s more important to us– creating a society full of good parents, or saving a few bucks in the short term.

Nicholas Lawson Rob Berry well thank you … thank very much

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