Violence

I try to keep my articles as positive as I can, but in light of the way too many events in the last year, I feel I can no longer keep quiet. Yesterday yet another tragedy has occurred in the fair city I visited as a child, took my first adult vacation to, and to this day call my second home… that would be the great city of Boston, Massachusetts. Every year runners strive to meet their goal of crossing the finish line to the Boston Marathon. Some have trained for months, some for years and to some even still, it’s a life long dream come true. People come from every state and countries all around just to get the chance to say they competed in the famous race. But this year the marathon was met with disaster as a two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three and injuring hundreds.

Was it only a few months ago I was in shock over the news of twenty-seven young victims of the Sandy Hook shooting? And two days before that the Oregon mall shooting. And months before that a Colorado movie theater was cleared out from a random shooting going nuts on the crowd while watching Batman.  What is wrong with this world! Is violence so engrained in us that people think killing others is normal?

Think about it… every day we see violence on television, on the internet, and in our movies. I remember when the movie Die Hard was the most violent thing I had ever seen on film. It was bad! Explosions, shooting, men falling out of windows, bloody feet…fast forward to this weekend I watched the movie Lawless. I was hoping was going to be an excellent story about the Prohibition and I expected it to be violent, since it was a rough time in our country’s history.  The lawlessness of the twenties and thirties were legendary in crime books.  But what I saw in this movie made me so disgusted that I had to turn it off. I told my husband later it was about three stages beyond violent.  It truly made me think… if Die Hard were made today it would be rated PG-13.  And again I ask – has violence become so engrained in our systems that the more gore the better?

Maybe that’s where these crazies ( and yes I mean crazies, because what sane person would cause atrocities like these) are getting their ideas. Nothing is sacred anymore. People  are uncensored with the access of the internet. Ask the right question in a search engine and you find whatever you want.  I should I know… my browser history would be under serious question by the feds if I were ever arrested. (My excuse – I’m a writer, I need to be able to explain things like how to blow up a keg of gin with a shot gun). So I guess I may even sound hypocritical in this article, since I contribute to violence in my books. But at least I keep it to a minimum and never go beyond what I can handle seeing, hearing, or reading in my own life.

I hope this world doesn’t get any worse than it already is, but I have a bad feeling it will get worse before it can get better.  All I can do until then is pray. Pray for the insane, pray for the victims but most of all pray that my family and friends are safe wherever they go.

My dear Boston

My dear Boston. I strolled your streets every long weekend I had from ages 17-20.

 

Sweet Angels of Newtown. The town next to Brookfield, CT where I grew up.

Sweet Angels of Newtown. The town next to Brookfield, CT where I grew up.

 

Another place close to me. My publisher is based in Oregon and is such a beautiful area.

Another place close to me. My publisher is based in Oregon and is such a beautiful area.

 

And to think superhero movies are supposed to be fun escapes from reality. Not become part of a more tragic reality.

And to think superhero movies are supposed to be fun escapes from reality. Not become part of a more tragic reality.

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