Niagara Gazette


August 22, 2013

Mroziak: Our social sickness goes global

Niagara Gazette — As was the case in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bomb attack, there are just some occasions when it’s time to step away from being a sports writer and offer some broader thoughts on the world around us. 

This week’s “thrill kill” of an Australian baseball player attending college in Oklahoma is one of those occasions.

Shock, sadness, disgust, all of the emotions went through my head — as in the heads of most of us — upon learning of the senseless murder of Chris Lane, a Melbourne native who came to the U.S. to play our game on a scholarship and make something useful of his life upon graduation. That, of course, all came to an end at the hands of three teenagers who apparently, according to prosecutors, had nothing better to do with their time and their lives than go out and kill “for the fun of it.”

As what happened that fateful day in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school last December, some will turn their anger toward the always heated debate on guns in our culture. It’s a debate that has certainly not helped our reputation around the world.

Indeed, access to guns is an important discussion. Quite frankly, however, by focusing on the guns we are missing the true issue. Guns and how they’re used are merely the symptoms of the real disease.

America, I’m no doctor nor do I play one in the media but you have a clear addiction to violence, as well as a serious case of “respect deficiency.”

Trigger-happy shoot-em-ups on television, on our movie screens, in our video games... that’s just a symptom of the disease. Your love of violence isn’t limited to guns. Look at all the sharp blades that fly in everything from samurai to slasher films. 

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