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February 15, 1990
In response to the ad for ABC News' report entitled "Guns" (Part A, Jan. 24): Not only were all the people shown in the ad killed by guns, but all the gunmen were just that--men. Maybe we should simply make it illegal for men to use guns since all thinking people realize most of the violence perpetrated on this planet results from male behavior. Better yet, let's start educating boys to express anger in nonviolent ways. DEBRA J. DeWEESE Santa Barbara
July 20, 2012 | By Nika Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times
Friday's shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., has left 12 people dead, 59 injured -- and an entire community in horror.  As the victims face an uncertain future, many wonder what they'll have in store on the rocky road to mental and physical recovery. Dr. Ronald Schouten, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, talked with The Times about these issues.  He is a director of the Law and Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital and currently works on assessing the mental state of criminals.  He is a co-author of the book “Almost a Psychopath,” which examines the dangers of undiagnosed psychopathic behaviors.
November 14, 1991
It is obvious that violent motion pictures ("Screen Violence Would Stop if It Didn't Sell Tickets, Filmmakers Say," Nov. 3) desensitize and inspire our society toward violence. As an artist, to say otherwise, is to say art does not have the power to inspire or sensitize. It clearly does. It is only the degree of influence that can be debated. I know from firsthand experience, as a former Green Beret, that violence is comparable to sex or drugs. Once past the fear, it's a high that can be exceptionally compelling.
February 21, 1989
Goldstein's assertion that pornography doesn't cause violence needs to be answered. Aside from the fact that pornography is violence in itself, research proves it provokes countless crimes against women, children and young men. As Kirk points out, a 1985 FBI study of 36 serial murderers showed that 81% "said their biggest sexual interest was in reading pornography." Pornography's defenders should talk with James Weaver, who recently completed a landmark study at the University of Indiana.
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