The recent Oregon shooting has sparked renewed cries for gun control legislation. However, while we should enact common-sense gun control laws, we also need to think long and hard about our society’s strange obsession with gore and torture. A few weeks ago, while searching for a board game in Walmart’s toy section, I was shocked by what I saw around me on the shelves. In between Barbie dolls, Star Wars figures, and Lego sets, were toys like these:
- An action figure set suggested for kids 12 and older. The online description notes that two of the zombies “feature a torso hole for barrier spike impalement.”
- A zombie action figure “recommended for kids 8 and older.” The online description notes, “The mask can be removed to reveal his exposed skull.”
- An action figure set suggested for kids 12 and older. The online description notes that it comes with “a bucket of body parts” (see picture), presumably to feed the zombie chained in the corner.
- A zombie action figure for kids 8 and up. The online description notes that it comes with a “knife for head-stabbing action.” (Apparently the knife can be inserted into the face when the visor is lifted.)
Something is very wrong with our society.