Letter to the editor 2, June 16, 2016


Dear Editor,

The tragic mass killing in Orlando on June 12 is the worst in US history - 50 dead and counting, 53 injured. Whatever the motivation and the level of mental illness, the Americans live in a killing field, a death society. Anyone in the United States can easily get their hands on lethal weapons meant for combat, and they are killing each other every day. If fewer than five people are killed in one incident, it doesn’t even hit the evening news. People cry out “No more,” and are drowned out by the NRA exerting more power to keep the death culture thriving.

Why does it continue and escalate? Take a look at North American culture today:

What do most teenage boys spend the majority of their time doing? Playing death video ‘games’ for hours and days and weeks and years on end. What does this do to a sound mind? And to a mentally questionable mind?

What is popular in theatres, on Netflix? Movies full of death and killing perpetuating the killing culture.

In Canada, unfortunately we have had our share of tragedies. We don’t have the same ready access to weapons as our American neighbours, but we do share the same killing culture in death ‘games’ and movies, which has an insidious and devastating influence on our society.

I say it’s time to take responsibility, time to try the butterfly effect to work towards a Tipping Point to steer away from the killing culture. We are they. If we didn’t watch death and killing movies and if we didn’t play death ‘games,’ maybe we could start to turn the good ship North America in a new more healthy direction.

Last Sunday, the day of the worst mass killing in American history, I was asked to have a film shoot at my house for Netflix, called “The Game of Death” where teenagers get together and decide who to kill next. Horrible. I say NO. No more perpetuating of the death and killing culture. It’s up to us to do our bit.

Helen Henshaw


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