In Defense of Video Game Violence

A personal account of the impact of gaming, gun ownership, and growing up.

I have played "violent" video games my entire life. I also own a gun, but I don't consider myself one of those "gun owners" the media likes to talk about. Growing up I always had a natural affinity for both. At home I would play on my dad's old-school Amiga computer, and when I wasn't indoors, I was outdoors playing with plastic guns. When I first went to summer camp, I came back with a ton of marksmanship ribbons, which shocked my firearm-averse parents.

The thing is, I never saw this link between the two that the media keeps talking about. Anyone who has both played video games and fired weapons knows that one doesn't translate to the other. Violent video games that focus heavily on multiplayer are a sport without permanent consequence. They require calculated, fast thinking and are intensely satisfying and exhilarating. They also take place in a safe environment. Firing a real weapon at the range requires the opposite skills; you have to be very calm and control your breathing in order to hit your mark. When the weapon goes off, you feel the metal leave the barrel and know something just went downrange that doesn't have an undo button. There is a level of healthy fear involved with firearms, some people call it respect, but a careless moment can end in tragedy. Regardless, it is nothing like sitting at a computer desk with a mouse and keyboard, or on your couch with a controller. You know whatever you hit can't congratulate you on a good play and respawn.

That's not to say that I've ever killed anything with a weapon, because I haven't. At the same time, I've never killed a living thing in a video game. I've shot plenty of digital things: people, animals, tanks, mechs, TIE fighters, but there was never any harm done. No physical thing was injured. The stuff that inhabits digital worlds doesn't have to follow the rules of Newtonian physics, entropy, or even time. Anything I've "killed" in a video game comes back to life either by the rules of the game or on demand when I reload a level.

I could have been one of those kids who caused harm at school if I had been born into a different life with fewer positive influences. I hated school with a passion. Don't get me wrong. I love learning, but having to wake up at the crack of dawn and have teachers pour gallons of useless knowledge down my throat until I wanted to vomit, only to be told that I wasn't going to be shit in life if I didn't do what they said, struck me as the opposite of learning. School, as I saw it, was the process of bludgeoning kids into submission with information, and I was often so bored, so exhausted, and so stressed that I felt physically ill at recess. As a matter of fact, I think the only thing that made me feel anything approaching violent in life was the process of school itself, but I had outlets. I had a good, supportive family, as well as strong morals and physical activities. I also had violent video games.

Video games were always a calming influence and a great antidote for the stresses of school. Video games made me a satisfied person. It's not that I was acting out some violent fantasy; this is a media falsehood. For me, it has nothing to do with actual violence. It's the mechanics, the mastery, and the progress that are satisfying.There's also a level of calm you get akin to leaving it all out on the field in physical sports. Is there blood spray? Yes. Is it real blood? No. Would a non-violent game have helped me as much? Probably not.

When playing violent games, I feel aggression as some of these studies have concluded, but aggression is a byproduct of all competitive sports and endeavors. Aggression is commonly harnessed for soccer, football, and tennis. What researchers and those who would condemn games are likely looking for is anger. Anger is what causes violence and a violent videogame has never made me feel anger. Often they have relieved those types of feelings rather than encouraged them.

My anger over school came to a head in college when I reached a breaking point somewhere in my sophomore year. It was an upwelling of over a decade of hating my job as a student. I was in an Asian studies class with a teacher who embodied everything I hated about bad teachers. He was giving us a test that involved pure and pointless memorization and regurgitation, and I decided to write him some notes, on the exam, about how useless the exam was. The teacher made some nasty comment under his breath, and our less-than-friendly exchange led to an office visit a few days later where I told him to F-off.

I flunked myself out of that class in order to take back control of my life from academics. I needed to prove to myself that a grade had no real power over me. It was an immensely cathartic experience. Sure, I still felt like slashing the teacher's car tires for a few days, but I concluded, as any rational person would, that this was not the moral or correct course of action. Once the anger faded, I felt like a changed person, and most of my anger over our education system had drained away.

The following year, at that same school, a teacher was shot and killed by an angry student. That event has always made me stop and think: What is the difference between a guy like me, who was angry and had access to firearms, but used some unkind words and non-violent actions, versus someone who decides to shoot up a school? It comes down to a lot of factors, but a supportive family, activities outside of the school bubble, and my time blowing off steam and relaxing with video games all played a part in diffusing that moment. When I hear Senators talking about violent video games and the media making false correlations between violent video games, firearms, and actual violence, I want to stop these people from making a huge mistake and eliminating one of the most calming factors of my life.

We live in a time where budgets cuts are displacing, or outright eliminating, healthy outlets for kids--like physical education as well as art and music classes. We are inviting disaster by placing higher expectations on children while simultaneously stripping away sources of happiness and fulfillment in their lives. I survived school through finding positive outlets to cope with real world stress. I'm now a father and have a job that I love. There isn't a magic bullet that's going to stop teen violence; it's something that hopefully my children will never have to face, but as a nation we can build a support system that focuses on children's overall health.

I am a person who plays violent video games and I own a gun. I can also tell you with certainty that I will never harm a human being who isn't kicking in my front door. Video games are a constant source of wonder and amazement in my life, and I hope that politicians and the media can do some honest soul-searching and admit that going after my passion is not the solution to violence in America. In fact, it's likely quite the opposite.

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doopmans
doopmans

The only way to make sure that shootings like Columbine and the movietheatre shootout don't happen is strict gunregulation, or even a total ban on firearms. No acces to firearms means no shootouts. If these guntoting asses didn't have acces to guns this wouldn't have happened at all. I am from the Netherlands, we have one of strictest weaponregulations in the world, guns are absoltuely forbidden ( unless you have a permit, which isn't easy to get ) knives are forbidden ( you can have a swiss armyknive though ) paralyzers are forbidden, teargas is forbidden, even a baseballbat in your car is forbidden or everything that can be used as a weapon can and will be confiscated by the police if they catch you with it. If you want to get even with someone use your fists and even that will get you behind bars. So violent games don't kill people, weapons kill people. But alas  you poor sods in the USA have something like the NRA with its extensive and influential lobby and a thing that is in your constitution, the right to bear arms ( that was something needed like 200 years ago ) it is not of this time anymore. Sure am glad to be Dutch.

_huh
_huh

Thanks Carolyn.  I shouldn't have called Tom an idiot, that wasn't fair and I apologize.  However, I think your own words speak towards the same type of awkward commentary that is frustrating.  Saying that it's not your intention to "make anybody feel bad for loving games", is a condescending comment in itself.  You know what I meant.  On top of that, saying that I didn't read your articles "carefully enough or simply misunderstood the writer's intention" is even more arrogant.  Why can't you realize that there is the possibility that, like the two comments I quoted from you, that the writings I've referred-to comes-off in the way I describe, rather than telling me that I didn't read it carefully enough or misunderstood the writer's intention?  Telling me that I must've not comprehended the value in your writing of your contributors, when I simply disagreed with it is essentially saying that your viewpoint is indisputable, and it's also arrogant.  I suggest you may have not read my comments carefully enough or simply misunderstood my intention. 

ftskamins
ftskamins

just have faith....gamers will  come to power(parliament etc)in the next 20 years(hope sooner) and the silly talk about game violence will stop.

oOhedzOo
oOhedzOo

Great article.. indeed. really interesting.

ShaineTheNerd
ShaineTheNerd

The "video games are too violent" act is used solely for gun-toting anus faces that are too scared of losing their precious guns that they point the finger at us. Idiots. There was so much violence before the age of video games. Not saying there isn't now, but come on. It's not our video games that make people shoot other people. Bullying is a much more realistic reason for people like Adam Lanza (?) and the Columbine (?) boys. Horrible parents are another factor. "Oh man, that boy shot 26 kids and adults. What could cause someone to do something like, SHUT THE FUCK UP, BRANDON BEFORE I SMACK THE SHIT OUT OF YOU! I'M WATCHING THE GODDAMN NEWS! Anyways, what could cause someone to do this?" I wonder. Definitely must be Mortal Kombat.

sullyliam
sullyliam

Good article no need to say more as it touched on every point i would have thought of and felt.

XxstrungoutxX
XxstrungoutxX

In my opinion video game violence and gun violence dont share a link.  The american government is broke, the people there dont realise how much their own government has screwed them and when they do there will be blood in the streets.

Games like Call of duty are used as simulation to help train sections of their own military.  It is my opinion that they are trying to disarm their population and take any method of combat training, this way the american people will be unable to fight back.

Very dangerous times ahead

quinokio
quinokio

If  violent video games cause people to become murderers, then every person who plays them would become one. We all know  that is not true. There is absolutely no correlation between violent video games and killing.

Diegocr
Diegocr

I agree with the fact that the fault is no way on people gaming. After all, the ESRB is very clear at what age you should be playing a game. It's not like you have to follow it. For instance, I didn't. Did I shoot up a school? No. Would I have if I had a gun? Of course not.

The problem is not the games, but precisely the education. You see, when we come into the world, we are like white boards. We aren't born wise, so we need to be shaped. We need to have things be drawn into our boards. Now, what is drawn there is really what makes the difference. A person's background speaks plenty of his attitudes, and, in my opinion, his aptitudes. So what his values are and what his definition of morality is depends on his formation as a human being. This comes from family, school, life experiences, objectives set, health, and others.

How likely a person will end up shooting a group of people is a very complex matter to analyze and understand. But something is for certain, do not blame the games. Accept the fact our society is the problem, and as a problem, it needs to be solved. Prohibition is not the right road to take.

DiamondSlicer
DiamondSlicer

"What is the difference between a guy like me, who was angry and had access to firearms, but used some unkind words and non-violent actions, versus someone who decides to shoot up a school?" Because he made that choice, and he wouldn't have been able to if he wasn't in possession of a gun. Same goes for you; you could have made that choice if it weren't for positive influences and self-control, but we all know stress can do a lot of things to people's minds, sometimes irreversible things. Enabling people to do so, to put it in someone's hands is just wrong. I still don't understand why it's allowed to own weapons, not to mention it's so incredibly easy to get one.

tomkat69pc
tomkat69pc

great article - pleasure to read ..

cloudstrife75
cloudstrife75

Played DOOM at the age of 6, finished it and played Duke Nukem 3D. How did I turn out? Graduated with honors, gainfully employed at a major bank, criminal record free and continue to play me violent video games! Too many scapegoats and not enough responsibility of self in today's society

midnitereaper
midnitereaper

WOW what a great read!  You did a great job of explaining the difference between shooting in game vs in real life!  I am a gun owner and player of violent video games but always find it hard explaining to others that there is a big difference in shooting guns online vs in real.  And your comment of fear and respect for a real gun in hand is spot on! I have no cares or worries when holding a controller in my hands but when I have my rifle in hand I pay attention to everything around me and make sure I control the rifle in a safe manner.  Great job on writing this article!

SicoWasher
SicoWasher

What was a comment made by a plummer who more than likely never seen or played a video-game in his life is what started this whole violent game fiasco. Because the killer had some posters of guns on his wall and played some COD and med-evil swords game. That's it. Let's forget the part too the guy had mental-problems as he was known for throwing rage-trantrums AT the schools he was going to before, not to mention it's his mom who took him out on the shooting ranges despite all his crazy tantrums and stuff, not to mention it was his mom who brought those weapons and did not lock them up properly to where he could not get at them. Not to mention it was his mom who thought, being a single-mother she was "safe" to have high-calibur weapons around her crazy son.?

SicoWasher
SicoWasher

Violent video-games was stirred up by the traditional media to thwart competition by getting on the emotional and old-generation parental opposition against games. Fact is a lot of parents are using games as a baby-sitting fill in just to get their kids or teen to shut up. Instead of being responsible and just regulating what is consumed under their OWN houses they plop their kids with the latest gadgets, have no idea how those gadget works, then expect gamers and corporations to baby sit their kids for them.

If a game has M-listed, has the content listed, then there shouldn't be any excuse why the game is available when forwarned what was in the game. If it has anything that goes against both religion or tolerance, then the simply solution is not to buy the game. Afraid they might go over to a friend's and play it then speak to the friend's responsible parent about it. Use built-in filters already on xbox's and computers to keep them off websites you don't want them to be on unless to ovveride it manually yourselves.

marcopolo426
marcopolo426

'I could have been one of those kids who caused harm at school if I had been born into a different life with fewer positive influences.' 

I think the answer to whether gun ownership should be allowed is that. No everyone has many positive influences their lives. Plus the state of mind of a person can be warped by various influences quickly.

If simulated violence is your answer to blowing off steam, I wouldn't really like to know what your next step is.

JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

I've been hunting and playing video game all my life. Killing animals in real life is infinitely more satisfying (imo) than killing digital creations, with the huge exception of playing multiplayer, which is definitely an adrenaline rush at times. I think that as an avid hunter and gamer, there is no correlation between video games and real world violence. I own guns, I play violent video games, and I am not a murderous psychopath.

Completely off -topic here  but anywho.. ..Anyone who's been hunting will tell you the smells are what stick with you the most (ever accidentally cut the intestines while gutting a deer and some shit comes out? it's horrible). Imagine a WWII game with smellovision: I bet there'd be a significant number of people throwing up during a Dday sequence due to the smell of burnt and blown up guts and such. My grandpa was in Korea and always told me about the smells: the pines, the rotting flesh, stale rice, diesel fuel, and burning hair/shit. Nobody could complain about realism when they can smell the aftermath of war in the safety of their living room.

_huh
_huh

Hi guys,  I live in Southern California.  I think everyone in this forum should read the article I pasted below.  This is scary stuff.  This is the type of stuff that your common sense would tell you would never happen in America, but the democratic-party controlled CA legislature is proposing a bill to potentially confiscate any type of gun from law-abiding citizens. 

Now, this type of bill will never pass the 2nd-amendment rule of law, but don't let people tell you that you're crazy if you wonder if the government would ever try to disarm the public.  Drip by drip, little by little, this is how tyranny creeps-into a society. 

http://www.examiner.com/article/potential-confiscation-california-democrats-propose-draconian-gun-control-laws

Omni_Paradox
Omni_Paradox

You told a teacher to fuck off, then intentionally failed his class, huh? 

Watch out everybody, we're dealing with a badass over here...

timoteo2k1
timoteo2k1

While we’re having that whole conversation about wadding up the Bill of Rights and throwing it into the trash, why don’t we have a brief conversation about what might have actually prevented the shooting by dealing with the mental illness of the shooter.

Let's talk ACLU instead of NRA or PS3.

There was a law being proposed in Connecticut that would have allowed those that witnessed Lanza's illness to ask the govt to require he get treatment, the ACLU and other liberal groups opposed and defeated this law. In response to their culpability they seek to restrict our rights, be they to firearms or the media we prefer. It's typical.

doriot
doriot

Just the other day at school my anti-bulling class (required school activity) we watched a Documentary by Micheal Moore about why there might be so much violence in America. He said he doesn't think its whatever the media usually says (videogames, movies, poverty, lack of jobs, etc.) but fear it self.. Look at the news today. I bet you will here something about someone getting shot, injured, or killed. Micheal Moore visited an area in Canada and guess what? They are a huge gun-loving country and have a bigger unenplyment rate but there have been only 5 deaths at most in a few years in that one area. Most people leave their doors unlocked! I'm pretty sure in the Documentary he said Japan has WAY more violent videogames exposed then the USA and have only maybe 60 deaths a year caused by murders. Also one more thing thats pretty sad. The media only goes to these places once a tragedy ocurrs. They dont take a visit just to admire the city or town. So why are there so many killings in America, I think its fear. A wise man once said, "there is nothing to fear but fear it self."

MrFacepunch
MrFacepunch

Spot on. You might as well of just read my mind word for word.

S0crates
S0crates

Very well said, and very similar to what I would say on all three topics (minus the school frustration/flame-out).  Crazy, violent people will do crazy, violent things.  Games are a cathartic outlet, not an instigator.

ottumatic
ottumatic

Western news media sure has its way to dramatise and ridiculing every other stuff than itself. 

FrostedKibbles
FrostedKibbles

About damn time someone wrote this. Kudos big guy!

crashmer
crashmer

I don't think that violence in videogames is the problem here, in that sense it's not any different from movies (research has not found any difference). However, with the proliferation of online gaming the scenario changes a little bit, now you have a combination of online competition and violent games. You're not shooting characters in a game anymore you're shooting real people online, it's different. Competition breeds violence, real violence, you've seen what happens in sports, online is even worse because people are anonymous. For some people games might be their only stress reliever, but that doesn't happen when you lose right? People handle loss differently, cant take it, anger accumulates, get the gun, start shooting real people, you get the picture... :/

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@doopmans Please go back to Europe and leave American websites where your ridiculous opinion is not welcome./

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@ShaineTheNerd As a gamer and an owner of a veritable arsenal of rifles, shotguns, and handguns, no. I would sooner lose my ability to purchase and play video games than I would ever submit to unconstitutional 2nd amendment persecution. That isn't to say that both the NRA and video game lobbyists both don't need to stfu and be adults, because they do. It's a much more complex situation than that, unfortunately. Anyway, I agree with the second half of what you said. Anyone with common sense sees that these problems are not because of games or movies, they are a product of the environment and way in which a person is raised. Mentally healthy, loved human beings do not go out and shoot everyone.

icekula
icekula

@DiamondSlicer

Why own a firearm like a Remington model 870 twelve gauge shotgun, to protect my life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, not to mention to hunt deer with. Let’s all get something straight...there is no correlation between violent video games and killing. Shooting a shotgun in a video game is nothing like the real thing! The real thing kicks you like a mule and makes most people cringe to have to fire it again. Just because you live in your own “city” bubble doesn’t mean we all should.

rekm222
rekm222

@DiamondSlicer I'm not really sure if you're a guy or a girl, but I'm just going to assume and imagine that you're a girl.  A little girl, for that matter, who is probably afraid of monsters in her closet and The Boogeyman under her bed.  So little miss, you, "...don't understand why it's allowed to own weapons", which I assume for you translates to 'guns' specifically.  I just want to clarify, because 'weapons' doesn't automatically constitute 'guns'.  Speaking of Constitutions, you should familiarize yourself with the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution whereby it is clearly stated that, "...it is the people's right to have their own arms for their defense...".  You don't understand why, "it's allowed to own weapons", whereas I would firmly state that had someone with my background been on school premises during said 'offense', I would have 'defended' myself and protected nearby innocents to the very best of my ability.  You see little miss, there are real bad people out in the world and they're capable of doing some really ugly and terrible things.  So I have the right to bear arms and defend against the ternary that others would try and bestow upon me.  Now you just show me where those scary monsters are and I'll double tap'em in the chest and put one more right between the eyes, just so you can sleep safe and sound in your Barbie Malibu bed.  It's people like me, along with my brothers in arms, that defend this nation against 'the bad guys'...and it's people like you who don't realize what it really is to have freedom, and what it takes to defend that freedom from those who would try and take it away.  

Night night, don't let the bed bugs bite little miss.

deadalley
deadalley

@DiamondSlicer I agree with you that the access to weapons in the U.S. is actually way too easy, but I can't help thinking that someone with the nerves to go out and shoot that many people out of anger would have done it in spite of owning a wepon or not. There are many house items that can be combined to create a deadly weapon or a bomb, or anything that can be used in such situation. Actually, someone with that kind of mind could have done it without any guns, though I agree that their free access made it much easier and thus transformed what was to be a small tragedy into a horror show. But when you talk about stress, I believe you imply that each one deals with stress in different ways, which is true, so what's to stop a person who can control her own actions? Gun control, violent games ban, reinforced security? Certainly no-one is willing to say that there hasn't been given proper education to youngsters. It's easier to tackle the big industries than to propose a major change in the way this generation has been raised.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@DiamondSlicer The responsibility lies solely with the person who made that choice, not with the guns that were available nor with games. Switzerland is ranked 3rd on guns-per-100 people (45.8), and they have a homicide rate of 0.52 per 100k people. Compared to US with 88.8 per 100 people but a gun homicide rate of 3.6.

While I do feel that assault rifles & automatics should be controlled as their ownership serve no purpose, I think it's more to do with the culture around guns. In Switzerland guns are embraced and everybody is taught from a young age how to handle and respect weapons. As Switzerland has no standing army, every male (?) civilian is GIVEN an assault rifle (And obviously first trained in its use), but they don't get ammunition for it, which is only available at firing ranges and the ammunition cannot be taken off the premises.

And don't try to call it stress either please. Human beings have free will, the ability to choose. They CHOSE to shoot those people, nobody and nothing else made them make that choice. If that's the case, then we can look at treating them like animals and putting them down, as acting purely on instinct is what animals do.

SicoWasher
SicoWasher

Nope. Banning games is not protecting children. Regardless violence will still happen in this world. Your kids will STILL have the temptation of getting into drugs, gangs, or sex, heck your kids might even get into it sneakingly without your knowledge. M-rated videogames are already legally barred from selling to anyone under the age of 17. Even with MMO's there's both a input of age verification AND it's listed in the TOS that no one under 17 can PLAY those games. So parent, unless you go to the store and BUY the game for your under-age son or daughter the game industries are already doing their part. If you sit them on a PC and don't pay attention to what their doing of course their going to get into stuff. Even though some of you won't admit it but your teens probably even like the stuff their playing and seek out for it in the newest games! Now it's time for you to do your parts and get involved and active in your kid's lives again instead of shoving electronics down their throat as the convient substitute to get them "out your hair" or the "coolest latest gagdet that cost $500 dollars!" to be like miss molly or whoever else has it.


 

SicoWasher
SicoWasher

If a game has M-listed, has the content listed, then there shouldn't be any excuse why the game is available when forwarned what was in the game. If it has anything that goes against both religion or tolerance, then the simply solution is not to buy the game. Afraid they might go over to a friend's and play it then speak to the friend's responsible parent about it. Use built-in filters already on xbox's and computers to keep them off websites you don't want them to be on unless to ovveride it manually yourselves.

There's so many tools out there already and parents have failed to use them. They failed, because they didn't want to use them until some nut-case went on a killing spree. Now all the sudden they want entire video-games regulated because they *think* these games are to blame. Wrong. Regardless of games or not there will still be those in society that are criminals. Gaming does not make criminals nor are games responsible for the personal and lunatic actions of single individuals. Majority of criminals don't even PLAY games cus their too busy robbing,killing, and stealing to care. Infact, they don't. At all. A video-game is meaningless to them UNLESS it's some big financial gain like a gambling casino. Who has time to sit around playing games when there's robberies to be done and cargo to be ship and deals. Really, parents?

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@sgt_F79 Your first example is mafia? Not the HOLOCAUST? Not the tens of millions killed by Stalin? Polpot? Pinochet? Mussolini? The Crusades? WW1? The Romans? The Christians? The civil war? Really? Compared to most of history the mafia is nothing.

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@JURGMANDR People like you are the ones who shouldn't own guns, not the "conspiracy-nuts" like me. There's no reason to ever kill an animal unless you ran over a deer or some similar situation of necessity. To sit and act like killing animals isn't sociopathic but suddenly killing a human being is so much different, is a flat-out lie. I've never shot a damn thing other than paper with any of my rifles or handguns or shotguns.

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@timoteo2k1 Frankly it's no one's prerogative to involuntarily have you enrolled in any mental health care program - the government does have that power, at the whim of a judge, which is absolute bullshit because the vast majority of the time it is improperly dispensed on kids who get a DUI rather than a certifiable sociopath or otherwise mentally broken person. The fact that you can have someone committed, or could have someone committed, to an insane asylum in this country is absolutely insane and against the constitution. That isn't to say that you shouldn't be able to without the express, official consent of multiple different doctors, because you should. Similarly, this law you are talking about that got shot down, should be legal but if and only if you get the consent of multiple health care professionals who work in that field and have worked with that patient.

I understand it sounds like a lot of effort to go to in order to defend the rights of an insane person but it's not that much extra work to do if someone really needs to get treatment, if it's a friend or family member. At some point they may have to be involuntarily examined by a doctor or whatever and then it gets hairy but what can you do?

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@doriot Are you joking? What socialist school do you go to again? Anything from Michael Moore should be absent from a classroom. He was reasonable 30 years ago but that man is an insane socialist weasel, you can see it on the news and his interviews and the way he intentionally edits his videos.

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

@crashmer No you're not shooting real people online. Anyone who gets enraged by playing a game whether it's a sport or a videogame online need to take responsibility for themselves. If you're playing chess and you get angry because your opponent captures your queen and you punch them in the face, you can't say "Chess" made me do it. That is what the politicians in this videogame violence debate are trying to say.

Diegocr
Diegocr

@rekm222 I have to say that was inspirational. Rough on her, but she surely learned her lesson.

_Roo_
_Roo_

@deadalley @DiamondSlicer The deadliest school massacre in US history (45 dead) occurred in 1927 (well before violent video games) and involved explosives not guns.  The same day as the Sandy Hill massacre a man in China took a machete into an elementary school and hacked up 22 kids and an 85 year old woman and it was not an isolated incedent.  In September another such attack killed 3 and wounded 13 and there are others.  My point is if someone is determined to commit mass murder they will find a way.

You can't stop crazy you can only try to identify the signs and that won't end this kind of senseless violence.  Hell we can't start locking up every teenager or young adult that has the potential to snap.  If we did the high schools would be empty.

  As a single father myself who has dealt with these issues growing up as well as when my son was a teenager I agree completely with the authors well written opinion.  All we as a society really can do is get involved, provide the best support system we can and do our best to identify and give kids walking that edge as many healthy outlets to express themselves we can.

  But it will never be enough and scumbag politicians will always take advantage of these tragedies and be looking for the next boogie man to blame it on whether it is bully's, games, guns, music, movies or anything else they can think of.


Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@Daemoroth ...........Actually I was going to call you an uneducated moron but there's no point in trying to reach out to the most ignorant people on the planet.

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@SicoWasher Personally I do not support ID Carding for anything other than beer and cigarettes, and credit cards, but if carding is what it takes to stop kids from buying games and that makes our lives easier as adult gamers, I will support it. Though it begs the question, who is actually buying them the games? I'm betting their parents.

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@CharlesBurns @crashmer Actually, i broke my controller the other day because of MG Rising Revengeance and it was definitely the games fault, not mine. I admit that I'm the one who did it and it's something I haven't done in 10 years, but that was about 99% the game because its a horrbly designed broken nightmare of a game when you have to fight a boss.

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

@crashmer "Competition breeds violence..." No it doesn't. In world war one on Christmas day, the soldiers from opposing sides came out of their trenches and played a soccer match. How do you explain that? The day before they were shooting each other in the head...

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@Diegocr @rekm222 Rough love is the only love when it comes to someone being ignorant and too stupid to understand history and the most simple of concepts. The 2nd Amendment is not for hunting. It is not for home protection./ These are simply added bonuses. The second amendment restricts the government from dicking with our guns because the guns are there to keep the government from trying any funny business. Obviously it hasn't worked because the government in the past 20 years has driven us on a magic school bus-drill straight to hell without having to violate the 2nd amendment - though they have certainly violated as many other Bill of Rights amendments as they possibly could. Why? Though technically the Brady act in the first place is unconstitutional, as is the absurd new law in New York and the laws in Chicago.

How do you think we won our freedom from tyranny and oppression by the British? With guns. We shot them. The people who created this country paid in their blood so that everyone else could live in freedom, and the government more than anyone else has been responsible for trampling all over that and ruining it. At t his point, the constitution  may as well have been lit on fire and thrown in the Potomac because Bush and Obama especially have destroyed it.

The "assault" rifles have the most noble purpose of all guns, keeping this f***** country the land of the free. What mentally unbalanced psychopaths who shouldn't be allowed to own, purchase, or be put in a situation where they can easily access guns that aren't theirs, or who steal guns - do with them is not a reflection on the guns. It's a reflection on the people themselves and the society and the fact that we let people who need help roam free.