Do violent words encourage violent acts?

A colleague sent me this story recently. It is a useful reflection to share, especially in light of the Jan. 9, 2011 Tuscon, Arizona shooting spree that killed six and, as of this writing, left congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford in critical condition. Whether or not suspect Jared Loughner's actions were driven by heated political rhetoric, the repeated use of violent language has a direct affect on behaviour, says writer Jim Taylor in this Jan. 9, 2011, blog post.

Violent influences

Reminds of the debate on whether watching violent movies leads to violent acts. It is true that each person is responsible for his own acts. But it is also true that we can also be very much influenced by our environment. Let us create and promote an environment of peace.

Anne G Kompaoré