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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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Jack Thompson must've told them everything. They need to stop talking about how video games supposedly train people to kill others. Just stop it!
While this is an awful, horrible thing that happened, it's also something that is pretty much inevitable in a society such as ours. Everyone on here is right in saying that no matter what, when there's a will, there's a way. In a free democracy, things like this will happen. Does that make it ok and acceptable? By no means. Should we always strive to improve the system? Absolutely.
But everyone wants to boil this issue down to one thing, one cause. It's the blame game like it always is, and that's not right. The NRA wants to say it's violent media. ECA wants to say it's gun laws. The fact is, it's never that simple. It's a combination of things that are able to create this situation. Maybe the guy was mentally ill and didn't get the help or attention he needed. Maybe he was able to buy ammo rounds too easily. Maybe he looked to violent games and movies as inspiration. While we'll never know what exactly motivated him to do this, we have to be able to be honest enough to look at every possible influence.
And while none of these influences should be condemned for what happened, all of them, media included, should take responsibility for their part.
I feel for the victims and families involved in these tragedies, but I don't think that media is the sole cause. There have been many different studies that have proven that there's no link between video games and the ilk and mass violence. I think people just need to get over the fact that video games are a viable art form and not something that just spawns shooters and felons!
I hate how everyone uses video gaming as a scapegoat. Its ridiculous. What about violent movies or books? I've been playing video games ever since I was like 8, and they never once made me think it was ok to go hurt someone in real life. Video games aren't going to turn someone into an evil psycho.
I'll just say that I'm extremely disappointed with any elected officials, NRA representatives, news anchors and anyone else who is suggesting that the cause of the Sandy Hook shootings has anything to do with playing video games or watching movies. The shooter had serious emotional problems and was known from a very young age to be potentially very dangerous and unpredictable. He should have been separated from society and closely monitored a long time ago. The system needs to do a better job of protecting the public from known ticking time bombs. Either people who were in a position to protect those kids and teachers from that shooter dropped the ball, or the laws currently on the books rendered their efforts useless.
Playing video games doesn't make me forget that I don't want to murder people.
video games = video games
real life = real life.
f**k you NRA.
>National Rifle Association
>Massacre weapon= Rifle
>Not a video game
Simple logic is the best.
It all comes down to people not being taught the value of life.
It's bull. One scapegoat blaming another.
This is how we feel about it:
It's stupid, I don't believe any of that!
Apparently there was never violence until around the 1970s according to these people. Violence has existed ever since humans have been around. What happened in Connecticut is horrible. Those children had so many years ahead of them. But video games do not cause violence. Instead of looking at the real issues and solving them, they look for something else to blame. The man was mentally unstable. He needed help, but got none. He had easy access to guns. Those two things can only spell disaster. If this country actually cared for mentally unstable people and had stricter gun laws, this might not have ever happened.