MMA encourages violent behavior

Violence has been an ever-growing concern in our modern society.

Just last week, four victims were stabbed outside the Roadhouse after a small scuffle, which escalated into four men under the age of 24 left in critical condition and required emergency surgery.

The mayhem at the Roadhouse comes on the day when Lethbridge played host to the MMA Rage in the Cage.

Violence in sports, movies and other avenues have been known to influence human behavior, which begs the question; Did the individual who went on a stabbing spree find the rage within after watching guys give themselves a brutal physical beating?

“I remember after the Fast and the Furious.  Everyone speeded out of the parking lot,” says Ashley Charron.

There are exceptions to the rule, and it’s true that very few aren’t influenced after watching violence.  They’re violent people to begin with.

I must admit to being guilty of feeling that intense high from being born with a need for speed.  Unlike many, I don’t need to watch the Fast and the Furious to feel that urge.  It’s natural and I was born with it.

I’m not a violent person myself, but after dropping by a friends place and joining him in watching Ultimate Fighting, I too felt that rage to want to fight.

What happens when a violent natured person watches that same Ultimate Fighting show?

The pro MMA Ultimate Fighters give lessons on how to use some deadly moves to cripple their competition in a fight.  The growing popularity of Ultimate Fighting (legal street fighting) has led to the emergence of wannabe gangsters who go out to bars like the Roadhouse, have a few drinks or do heavy drugs making them feel invincible.

There is no doubt in my mind that some youth and adults take that influence to the streets and has given the Roadhouse the label of being a trashy bar where swim in a pool of pee when making a visit to the urinals and where late night bar fights are common.

The problem with watching violence is that it desensitizes us to the world around us.  I remember being 11 years old and watching the teenage mutant ninja turtles.  They’re a bunch of cool bros with a different weapon to call their own.  They fought the bad guys (Shredder) and helped the odd kid get off the street.

What I remember more vividly is that after watching the Teenage mutant ninja turtles kick some butt, I made numchucks and swords and even a bow and arrow and fought with my friends in the backyard.

Those crazy ninja turtles influenced my friends and I to be desensitized to the violence that was provoked within us.

The recent craze to watch men beat each other to a pulp in the ring is desensitizing us to street-fighting.  How do we have any right to tell children not to get into fist fights on the school grounds when we have set the standard of violence amongst adults as a sport that our society condones.

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