I tell y'all, TV westerns are magic.
Bullets crease up in your hair, draw blood and knock you cold, but you don't even get a concussion, never mind a skull fracture; and you get hit over the head with a frying pan, or a big old Colt revolver, and after the next commercial break you're finer'n frog hair. There's no such thing as chronic illness -- if it's going to be fatal, it'll get you before the last commercial break; or else you'll get a miracle cure around that same time.
You can take an arrow through your strong shoulder this week and break broncs next week, like you'd never even thought about being sore; the worst thing that can happen to you is being set afoot with no canteen, three days' ride from water, 'cause if you make it to the next place to drink you'll hallucinate or worse along the way.
You can take a fever bad enough to nearly kill you from infection, but next week nobody even remembers that happened; no arrow ever splinters and the heads always come out with the shafts attached, there's never any rawhide torn off or bullet-patch material missed when a doc cleans out the wound. That through-and-through bullet through one thigh that had folks carrying you home last week didn't leave a sign you'd ever had it this week, never mind a scar or stiffness. Heck, your clothes even heal up, without any patches or visible stitching!
Cop shows and other adventure series are just as magical as westerns. No bullet ever tears a goose-egg-sized exit wound, no bomb ever leaves you blind for life, or deaf for more than a week. If you jump off a building you don't break your leg. If you go through plate glass, it won't cut your hands or face.
Nobody ever limps a little next week. Nobody ever has any scars (well, that's changed a bit now, at least in some shows; NCIS is good about giving people a little residual not-100%-ready the next week, and it's not just emotional/psychic scars you find out about; one of the female protagonists on NCIS LA spent several months in rehab after being shot to doll rags overseas). I remember the controversy when LT. ROBERTS on JAG wound up with an artificial foot, and stayed in the Navy (and he showed up on NCIS a few weeks ago, now a very distinguished senior officer with silver hair, not quite as pudgy as in his youth -- you have to work out more regularly to pass the fitness test with a prosthetic, evidently).
I reckon that's what they mean by romanticizing violence.
A gun is only a tool, like your jackknife; no better 'n no worse than the man who handles it. Any man can pull a trigger. It's not hard. But it takes a big man not to pull one. -- Adam Cartwright