‘Mock Trails’ As A Way To Reduce Violence?
By Tom Knighton
For some time, I’ve been arguing that if we are going to be serious about combating violence in this country, it’s past time to stop blaming the gun and to start looking at combatting the actual causes of violence.
Well, one of the main causes of violence is revenge.
A lot of gang warfare stems from revenge. Someone disrespected someone else, so now that someone else has to show he’s not a punk by shooting the guy. That leads to another person trying to get revenge, and so on.
It’s not just a facet of life in the inner city, either. Revenge is a common enough motive for murder at all strata of society, from the poorest of the poor to the very wealthy.
Yet a new study has found an interesting way to reduce the desire for revenge.
While gun control efforts have proved politically problematic, “motive control” efforts that focus on decreasing or eliminating the desire to kill may represent a more widely accepted approach to reducing violence in society, the authors argue in a study published Dec. 19 in the The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
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Source:: Bearing Arms