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Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence

One of the authors of this book (Lt. Col. Grossman, a retired Army Ranger and West Point Psychology professor) testified before the U.S. House and Senate, was cited by President Clinton in a national address after the Littleton school shootings, and has writ...
One of the authors of this book (Lt. Col. Grossman, a retired Army Ranger and West Point Psychology professor) testified before the U.S. House and Senate, was cited by President Clinton in a national address after the Littleton school shootings, and has written numerous peer reviewed encyclopedia entries on this topic. The other author (Gloria DeGaetano) is one of the nation's leading educators in the area of media literacy and education. Together they have put together such a powerful book that the reader cannot come away without having sincere concerns about the impact of violent TV, movies and video games on kids. The full title of this book is 'Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence.' Although video games are the last and least of the topics addressed, the video game industry has decided that this book is all about them and has launched a full scale attack. One online 'review' of this book failed to mention the full title, the co-author and implies that it is all about video games. Kind of like saying that the musical 'South Pacific,' by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is a play entitled 'South,' by Rodgers, about people from old Dixie. When the many errors of this review were pointed out to the website, the review was immediately retracted, but copies of the review and others like it continue to float around on the net. You can tell that the attackers of this book have not read or seen the book, and are basing their 'reviews' solely on the industry's attack campaign, when their reviews attack Col. Grossman and are not even aware of his co-author. When you read the book you will see that Col. Grossman was a consultant in the criminal trial for the 14 year-old mass murder at the Paducah, Kentucky high school. He is also an expert witness in the $130 million dollar federal lawsuit against the video game industry, because video games appear to have trained and inspired the Paducah school killer to commit his mass murder. In this book the authors present all the inside information on this case, and if there are no grounds for what they say, then why does this lawsuit persist? Ted Turner is on record as stating, 'Television violence is the single most significant factor contributing to violence in America.' (California House of Representatives Resolution on Media Violence, May, 1999.) And when the President of CBS was asked if he thought the media had anything to do with the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, his answer was, 'Anyone who thinks the media has nothing to do with it is an idiot.' The TV industry admits their role in violent crime, but the video game industry consistently denies any and all impact of video games on kids. Col. Grossman is also the author of the book, 'On Killing,' which is a standard text used in West Point, and numerous other colleges, military academies, and police academies worldwide. 'On Killing' (nominated for a Pulitzer, translated into Japanese and Italian, and currently in its 9th and largest trade paper printing) is the standard text on this topic, and has established Col. Grossman as the preeminent scholar in this field. He has also written numerous peer reviewed encyclopedia entries and a peer reviewed entry in the Oxford Companion to American Military History on this subject. Based upon Col. Grossman's research, President Clinton stated in his national radio address after the Littleton shootings that: 'A former Lieutenant Colonel and psychologist, Professor David Grossman, has said that these games teach young people to kill with all the precision of a military training program, but none of the character training that goes along with it.' Maybe President Clinton, the AMA, the APA, the Surgeon General, the president of CBS and T

posted by Anonymous on February 26, 2000

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5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A Perfect example of victimization

This book completely ignores studies and statistics. Rather than blaming irresponsible parents or retailers, it blames the gaming and movie industries. This is like blaming Islam for fundumentalist and extremist Muslims. Rather than blaming those who are truly responsib...
This book completely ignores studies and statistics. Rather than blaming irresponsible parents or retailers, it blames the gaming and movie industries. This is like blaming Islam for fundumentalist and extremist Muslims. Rather than blaming those who are truly responsible for youth violence, this book blames creators of these games, movies and shows. They are rated by their content, and games rated M (most, if not all games mentioned in the book are) and movies rated R (again, mentioned in this book) should be sold only to those over the age of 17, and parents should monitor what their children do and do not play/watch. 'Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence' is extremely hypocritical, uses these industries as a scapegoat, teaches its readers not to take responsibility for their actions, and gives parents an excuse for their poor parenting and, in some cases, total failures to parent their children.

posted by Anonymous on September 25, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    Right On

    After reading this book I would make it required reading for every parent with small children. Working with many children and being in the law enforcement community I see the results of media violence firsthand. Dave Grossman is right on and backs up his statements with hard cold facts. A must read book.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Having read this book and other books regarding the issue of sch

    Having read this book and other books regarding the issue of school aged children killing others, and all the reviews, I think one can pick out those who are die hard gamers or perhaps from the entertainment industry. I, myself, play first person shooter video games but did not start this activity until I was an adult long after my social mores and core values were well ingrained. And, I am a responsible firearm owner, a clinical scientist and an aunt to several young nieces and nephews. I have to disagree with the reviewers who feel this book is simply about removing culpability from bad parents. This book is about looking at one aspect of society that fosters the killing culture in the young. It's not saying that there aren't other factors out there - anyone with a modicum of intelligence would know that even if they haven't read the book. It would be like saying obesity is the sole cause of diabetes. People need to wake up to all the things that are going on in this society and not pretend that they don't exist or are just someone else's bull. As another reviewer commented - read and really think on the points the author is making. And yes, there is very credible research by very credible institutions that has been going on for decades that support a good number of points the author has brought up.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 6, 2013

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