In the on going debate about mass shootings it came to me that one thing that you didn't have in the past, when kids brought guns to school to hunt or participate in shooting clubs, is a culture that sympathizes with television and movie characters who in reality are out right evil... The characters in these shows are for all intents and purposes evil, or horrible people...and are portrayed in a sympathetic light... Homeland (American version) Sopranos Sons of Anarchy Scarface Breaking Bad Horrible Bosses Shameless (American version ) Can't think of others right now, but there are other shows where secondary characters are also put in a sympathetic light...I watched an episode of a British show called Luther, about a detective, and a woman who murdered her parents is shown as being friendly with the main character and is even being considered for her own show. These shows want you to sympathize with characters that are in reality evil. Take Sons of Anarchy...have you ever read about actual biker gangs and what they really do? How about the Sopranos and the violence of organized crime...? Homeland and the sympathetic portrayel of a suicide bomber? In the old days, the bad guys were bad guys, and not deserving of sympathy. They lost in the end and were punished...today...they are made the heroes. At the barber shop I go to they have a poster up of movie and real life organized crime figures...as if violent criminals are worthy of a poster. I remember the Brady Bunch episode where the character Peter Brady was idolizing jesse james ( the real life bank robber ). The episode ended when the parents introduced him to an old man whose father was gunned down by Jesse James, showing that james was evil, not interesting. I know most of the posters here are adults, but kids are getting a steady dose of this attitude and it isn't helping much.