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Earlier today, the NRA pointed its finger at violent media for causing real-life violence such as the recent rash of highly publicized shootings. The debate has been waged by politicians, lawyers, and reporters almost since gaming's inception, but we want to hear your opinion.
The NRA says that the creators of violent media are complicit in acts like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. They also say that these tragedies could be prevented by having armed guards in schools.
What do you think about the NRA’s assertion that there’s a link between violent media and real-life violence, and what are your thoughts on their proposed plan to put more armed personnel in schools?
Remember to keep your responses tasteful, everyone. The victims of these events are real people with families that are mourning an unbelievable loss.
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The Sandy Hook shooting is, in fact, a tragedy. However, the media focuses too much on scare tactics, choosing easily-blamed scapegoats like video games not unlike the Salem Witch trials of olden times.
Video games, generally speaking, have not yet hit the same level of prestige that books, movies, and music have, and so violent images and concepts within those mediums are not chosen as scapegoats as the news networks would instantly have thousands of famous authors, actors, and singers rebuking them. However, video games are easy to pick on; not many know who someone like Ken Levine is and will not hold his opinion in high regard. Thus, the media should focus on the real sources of the problem instead of an arbitrary distraction engineered simply to drive mob mentality.
They are panicking. This is a mental health issue.
Honestly I think the NRA are just trying to pass on the blame to anything or anyone that they can find. The real problem was that the shooter was mentally ill. Also I'm not sure how I would feel about armed guards being at schools.
The violent media excuse/distraction is getting VERY old. I'm living proof that Violent media isn't the cause. I have mental illnesses, guns in my house, and I have been playing M rated games since I was 6 or 7. In my 22 years of life, I can honestly say I have never gone on a suburban rampage, nor do I plan to.
Jeffrey Doehmer didn't play games. Evil will commit evil no matter what and we can't stop it. Trying to through restriction and legislation only further hurts the innocent. I'm sure these cowards that commit these shootings also had other hobbies as well but you don't see any talk about things like "the dangers of building Lego warships" or "the fostering of creative destruction through rocket building". Older policy makers can't relate to video games and view them as destroyers of productivity. While this is legitimately debatable, its far from encouraging acts of major violence. This debate has come up several times in my life and it never picks up traction.