To the editor of THE EAGLE:
In the aftermath of the recent mass killings in Washington, D.C. , I am left with the distinct impression that Americans have crossed a threshold. We have grown numb to, and bored with, news about mass killings. The slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary shook this nation to its very core, but we discovered that our collective core is empty because no meaningful change emerged from it.
And now? Twelve adults are gunned down, the president orders flags lowered to half staff, and he mentions in passing that we should again consider gun reform. End of debate. End of interest. Of more importance: Do we have enough Buffalo wings for Sunday’s game?
Something has changed, and not for the better. Americans seem increasingly unable to distinguish between real life and fiction: the effects of 9/11; the blood not having quite dried from two recent wars; the mass shootings and daily gun violence; the gratuitous violence on television, video games, movies and other "entertainment" venues. We pay good money to watch horror movies that scare the wits out of us and rattle our nerves, and each new movie and video game, to find financial success, must outdo the "shock value" of previous productions.
Perhaps it’s no wonder why people fail to respond in any meaningful way to 26 children and adults being literally shot into pieces at Sandy Hook. I’ll bet that a dozen made-for-TV movies are being scripted so we can re-enact the violence. We’re junkies. People seem to be suffering with a mild, but self-induced, form of PTSD.
Pay $7 to watch the latest zombie movie? Save your money and just stroll through the nearest mall.