The Newtown Tragedy- America’s Perception of Crime


                 Psychology has proven that a person’s personality and behavior is partially determined by the environment that person grows up in and becomes accustomed to. Genetic factors play a role, but let’s ignore those for the time being. For example, Palestinians have a well known hostility for Israel. They are not born with this hostility, they are raised with it and it becomes instilled into them; it becomes part of their identity. Despite American’s sense of being a superior culture to them and everyone (Yes, we all think it, so let’s not kid ourselves), we are still prone to environmental factors playing a major role in the molding of a person’s moral framework throughout their childhood, adolescence, and early adult life.

             One of the obvious sources of this is the media. Studies show that the media conditions us to become desensitized to…

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