What's the Real Reason Behind the Violence?
Patch wants to know your thoughts on why 2012 was rife with violence.
As we embark on 2013, we know 2012 was a year full of memories–both good and bad.
What we did see last year, however, was a large amount of violence, much of which included weapons and led to horrific tragedies.
There was the movie theater shooting in Colorado, the mall shooting in Oregon, and the mid-December massacre of 20 children at an elementary school in Connecticut.
For some, the violent acts turned into a debate and forum for gun control. For others, it was about the safety–or lack thereof–in schools and public places. Then there were the parents and even some media columnists who pointed at the ever-growing amount of accepted violence in television, movies and music. Many believe it's an oversight in helping the mentally ill population.
Locally, we've seen a response, specifically in Marlboro, New Jersey where the board of education approved having armed guards at all of the district's schools. We asked our readers how they felt about that, and you all responded here.
Regardless of what the solution may be, what do you think is the problem to begin with? Where is the need for violence, hate, killing coming from?
Let us know in the comments section, and as always, thanks for your participation.
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