Military personnel must understand values all Americans share, but recognize how their responsibilities change with their oath. Every military initiative in the area of morals and ethics must be grounded in the core values that flow from that oath.
It is naïve to think we can talk about the forces shaping the socialization of boys and men (and girls and women) and not include a thoughtful discussion about the role of mega-popular video games like C.O.D.
Call of Duty, for instance, provides no deep choices surrounding violence. The player begins and ends as an agent of violence, reduced to literally nothing but the butt and muzzle of a gun. More complex games, however, can provide choices around violence.
Yes, lets address the issue of gun control, mental illnesses, and everything else. But before we start pointing fingers, lets start by looking at ourselves in the mirror. What can we, as parents, brothers or sisters, do to prevent these tragedies from happening again?