We live in a violent culture. Every year it gets worse and worse. Hollywood, while they love to support taking away gun rights, promotes guns and violence more than anyone.
Is the hypocrisy of this all lost on Americans? The conclusion I come to is, yes, we just don’t see the connection between movie, TV and video game violence and violence in America in general. There certainly are other contributing factors but we shouldn’t ignore the obvious either.
Consider this from the Apostle Paul (Romans 8).
“Jesus condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.“
Here is more: Have movies become more violent over the years?
“They certainly have. A 2013 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that violence in films has more than doubled since 1950, and gun violence in PG-13-rated films has more than tripled since 1985. The Harvard School of Public Health warned that “ratings creep” has allowed more violent and sexually explicit content into films. Even the standards for movie trailers has become more lenient, letting studios market R-rated films to PG-13 audiences.
“The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) claims its ratings have simply evolved to accommodate changing audience and cultural standards. And, in fairness, it did release a more detailed ratings system called Check the Box designed to help parents make more informed movie choices for their kids.
“Kids also have more access to violent movie clips and trailers than ever. “Red-band” trailers — with the graphic scenes edited out of the general-audience trailers — are easily available online with easy-to-beat age restrictions.