On July 11, 1804, in Weehawken, New Jersey—just across the Hudson River from Manhattan—two longtime political adversaries faced off in a duel. The result: Vice President Aaron Burr shot and mortally wounded the former secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton. (No, Dick Cheney was not the first vice president to shoot someone!) Dueling, which Benjamin Franklin characterized as a “murderous practice,” was technically illegal in most states.
culture of violence
Does consuming violent media lead to a greater propensity toward violence? If anything, the data points in the opposite direction.
Stand-your-ground laws reflect our culture's belief that violence is not a last resort--it’s a way to proactively promote security.