The Causes and Factors of Today’s Violent Crimes. Is the Media Responsible?

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The causes and roots of violence are a subject of endless debates. Every time we look back at our history, as far as the point that we could reach, violent and aggressive behaviors could be easily tracked. Stories of people who committed such acts are indicating that violent and aggression are parts of the human civilization from the primitive lives of yesterday to our modern lives today. What is aggression? “Aggression is a behavior characterized by strong self-assertion with hostile or harmful tones. Under some circumstances, aggression may be a normal reaction to a threat. Alternatively, it may be abnormal, unprovoked or reactive behavior” (“Aggression: Causes” bettermedicine.com). What really causes a violent reaction from a person is …show more content…
Why would someone commit a violent act and what are the factors that contribute to it? The answer to this question is not as simple as many think it is. Otherwise, we would find solutions that could help us lessen the consequence of an aggressive behavior and perhaps prevent it before its occurrence. However, there are some factors that have been identified as highly related to crime and aggression, According to the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) some of the main factors of today’s violence are: population density, economic conditions, family conditions especially divorce and cohesiveness and citizen’s attitudes towards crime (“Crime in the United States.” FBI.gov). Also, psychological illnesses and mental disabilities are other factors of aggression that are important (“Aggression: Causes” bettermedicine.com).
Economic conditions from unemployment and low income to poverty are factors of crime and violence (“Crime in the United States.” FBI.gov). For example, in the United States studies by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that crime rates in states that are high in those that are high in unemployment are significantly higher than those who have average or low unemployment rates. For instance, States like the District of Columbia, South Carolina, Florida, Nevada and California have immensely high

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