Jim Carrey, Campbell Brown, and Hollywood Violence

Who would have thought Lloyd Christmas and a former CNN anchor would be at the forefront of a substantive debate on gun control?

Campbell Brown wants the president to attack his checkbook by going after the Hollywood elites who finance his campaigns while profiting off of violent movies and television shows:

Video Games and Violence

Medal of Honor screenshot

How much does the culture we consume impact our values? Perhaps more importantly, how much does it impact our behavior? It strikes me as undeniable that cultural products can be a trigger for already-unstable personalities—your John Hinckleys, your Mark David Chapmans—but, on the whole, it is difficult to say just how much films, books, plays, music, etc. do to inspire evil.

Video games, we are often told, are different. They are interactive. They are generally aimed at younger and more impressionable audiences. Spending 10 hours with Catcher in the Rye isn’t likely to drive you to violence, but spending 1,000 hours killing people in a war simulator like the Medal of Honor series? That’s a horse of a different color, no?

Well, no.

West Point Report Links Right to Violence

Receives critiques from conservatives, former military members

A recently released report by a West Point think tank links people with a strong belief in individual freedom to violent, far right movements. The report sparked outrage from conservatives, according to the Washington Times.

Violence Erupts in Israel

Israelis worried Egypt inspired Palestinian Violence

Just a day after an al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group in Egypt murdered an Israeli citizen near the porous border region, Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip continued to wage a Hamas-endorsed war on Southern Israel, sparking concerns that Hamas is regressing back to its terrorist roots.