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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Parents, not media

Hank Baughman's letter “Violent images & crime” (Sept. 16 and TribLIVE.com) made the point that violent television shows, video games and other media are a cause of violent crimes and promote children to behave violently.

I believe this is not the problem. The letter even goes so far as to say: “Those responsible for producing and broadcasting it are a disgrace.”

Most violent shows and video games have a parental warning or rating saying they are not suitable for children. It is the fault of the parent if the child is exposed to such things when they are clearly advertised to be inappropriate for children.

These violent shows are made for mature audiences that understand that what they are seeing is not in any way how they should act. I also believe not all shows containing violence glorify it.

If a person is tempted to commit a violent crime just because he or she saw it on TV, there is a more deeply rooted issue, and it is not the fault of the show for broadcasting it.

Nicole Lehman

Franklin Park

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