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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
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 15, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
In one of the most infamous scenes in modern drama, a group of young men in a London park stone a baby to death in its carriage. What begins as roughhousing escalates to all-out sadism until a rock is thrown at point blank range, ending the child's pitiful cries for good. Edward Bond's "Saved" provoked outrage when it was produced in 1965 by the Royal Court Theatre as a private club offering, a designation used to slip past the Lord Chamberlain's Office. Although "Saved" isn't revived often, it's considered a modern classic, and not just because it was instrumental in overturning Britain's strict theater censorship laws.
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