Monday, January 10, 2011

Thoughts on the Tucson Tragedy

The shooting today of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others by a 22-year-old gunman and possible associates, is a trajedy that should be a wakeup call to all of us. 

We need to tone down our political rhetoric that turns differences of opinion into extreme, war-like language. We need to avoid treating opponents as “targets of blame” and realize that the steady diet of today’s news and entertainment is teaching our impressionable young people (some of whom may have high conflict personalities with a preoccupation for blaming others) that violence is the way to get attention, solve problems and find meaning in life. 

It’s time to shift priorities and media messages to the positive, rather than the negative.


Anonymous said...

When I began working in family court, one of the most shocking facets of the work to me, was the unabashed language used by attorneys and pro-per litigants. When I questioned these practices, I was merely told that attorneys have the right and responsibility to represent their clients in a vigoruous manner. Baseless accusastions, inflamatory speeach, and far reaching and overly punitive requests to the court for action against another party or mental health professional included.

Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. said...

Dear Anonymous,
I totally agree, and the incivility in family courts has increased over the past few years, rather than decreased. While judges and many attorneys in leadership positions have called for more restraint and civility, it won't decrease until there are formal consequences and political leaders stop being role models of incivility.

Thanks for your comment. It's nice to know there are more people for reasonable speech, eventhough the uncivil folks get the most media attention.