click here to jump to start of article
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​




Elliot Rodger: Did Hollywood Make Him Do It?

Do violent messages actually cause murders?


Click here if you are unable to view this video.

Published: May 31, 2014


Give Tzedakah! Help Aish.com create inspiring
articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.

Visitor Comments: 18

(15) Anonymous, June 6, 2014 10:57 PM

Killing Games Not Healthy

My husband and I were recently at a movie theater, and there in the lobby was a young boy about 8 years of age playing a video game with his father. The object was to kill as many people as possible. Blood was splattered all over the screen as multitudes of victims were annihilated. I approached the father and said that this was a very bad game to be doing with his boy. He responded, "Yeah, and he's good at it." I responded, "Don't think the parents of Newtown would agree with you."

(14) Dena - Jerusalem, June 2, 2014 2:26 PM

of coure it can cause murder

Did you ever hear the expression, "He wouldn't do such a thing - it wouldn't even enter his mind" Or, "She wouldn't even dream of such a thing" . There is a lot of truth to these expressions. Because what we are not seeing or thinking about, what would never enter our minds, we probably won't do, because it just doesn't exist for us. But once the picture is there, it has opened a path into our brain, and if it's something that we see or hear over and over again, it can surely lead to action, either good or bad. ( Ex. If you want to stay calm next time your three-year old throws the Lego on the floor in the kitchen during supper, and then throws a yogart on top of it, close your eyes and picture the scene over and over again, and you stay calm and queenly, and see that it will work.)

So when you watch violence the whole day it becomes much easier to fly off the handle when provoked because that is what has been engraved in your brain.

But that's no excuse for what he did -and comment 10- Mati, is surely correct.

But for ourselves and our children we have to be very very careful, that violence should never enter our minds.

(13) Mimi, June 1, 2014 11:03 PM

Quite a bit of our culture is lacking in many ways.This is some of my take on what happened. As a Mom and a person.
A person that has listened to many shuirs, many Rabbis and reads a lot of inspiration.I think anyone who cannot keep their head above it all is at risk. Not risk of killing but.risk of hurting others. Jealousy and low self esteem is rampant. Drug use is rampant. Drug abuse is also rampant. And it is very easy for parents or anyone else to get caught up in things that are quite time wasting or mentally bad for you.
If you don't police what you think and think twice about what you do you are at risk. And if you think it cannot happen to your kids think again!! We know the nicest kindest people of have had kids use many drugs and get addicted. This doesn't address violence but drugs can lead to violence. The man probably needed the right meds. But so do many others...and they don't kill anyone... yet.

(12) Rebecca Chesner, June 1, 2014 10:22 PM

frightening!

Though I rarely go see movies today because of the violence and pornography etc.. I had the experience of seeing a film this year. Prior to the film there were previews shown on the screen, including the preview of a horror/violent film as well as the preview of a violent video game. I can only tell you that the images that I viewed sent shudders through me. Unfortunately, this kid grew up in a decadent and hedonistic environment and was exposed to this trash for many years. In addition, throw in some psychiatric drugs that he was probably on and this is a time bomb waiting to happen. Dr. Peter Breggin, the reknowned psychiatrist, has been writing for years how psychiatric drugs cause homicidal and suicidal ideation. In addition, the drugs blunt the emotions of the human being causing apathy and numbing of one's feelings as well as aggression and maniacal behavior. Research indicates a connection between violent/pornographic media images and violent/criminal behavior. Research also indicates a connection between psychiatric drugs and violent behavior. Finally, research also indicates, good parenting skills, unconditional love with strong logical and rational boundaries as well as a dose of spirituality will produce healthier children/teens and adults.

(11) doeorhy rabinowitz, June 1, 2014 9:49 PM

don't blame Hollowood or TV. Blame the lousy gun laws and the lackmo

of health care for mentally disturbed individuals

See All Comments

Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.


  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment
stub
Sign up today!