I heard one of the CNN program hosts recently say that she was forming an organization to study the cause of the recent increase in violence against children.  I don’t remember if it was Nancy Grace or Jane Velez-Mitchell.  In any case, I can answer that question very simply.  Cowardice.  That’s it.  People who want to commit violent acts, but are afraid they will get hurt or killed if they commit them against adults, choose children who are more innocent and less able to defend themselves.  Of course, that then leads to the larger question of why so many people today are so violent.  That is a lot more complicated.  There are many contributing factors.  Here are just some of them:

We have become more tolerant of violence.  We see it in movies, on TV, in video games and in real life.  This inevitable leads to many people accepting violence as normal.

Religious fanatics, or fanatics of other causes who believe anything is good as long as it achieves their goals. 

Those who have no religious beliefs so are not hindered by threats of punishment in the afterlife.  If you don’t believe in an afterlife, than why not go on a suicide mission to kill yourself and your enemies?

Materialists who will do just about anything for a buck.  They may not do violence themselves, but they will gladly do business with those who do to make a buck.

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