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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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In short, we cannot keep punishing the majority of society, organizations, or nations over individuals' actions. This recent tragedy happened because one ill man stole weapons and shot helpless, unarmed students. Let people protect themselves, let gun freedom reign and people will be forced to restrain themselves. Media violence is a factor yes, but the solution isn't merely clamping down on everyone. Just clamp down on the crooks.
People who want kill and happen to play video games are still unstable in the first place. They crave the thrill of death and use games to quench it. Therefore, it is better to kill in a game than to do it in real life. Anyone capable of killing innocents was screwed up before they picked up the controller. The game isn't the problem, it is the person. People have been killing madly for thousands of years. Nothing has changed.
I'd like to believe that any rational person knows the difference between various forms of media (games, movies, tv...) and real life scenarios. Unfortunately there is nothing rational about these horrible situations. What i do know is that after playing countless shooters, 4 assassins creed games and watching evey Quentin Tarantino movie I can guarantee that I would never, never, never let my personal issues drive me to hurt ANYONE EVER! Sorry to ruin your theory NRA guy...
i think it's amusing ^^
I smell a blog i need to write for this
I would understand why the NRA would be against violent media. They're afraid that young children are playing too many violent video games such as grand theft auto and call of duty, that they would be influenced to do the same acts in real life. But the NRA are clearly not gamers. I have been playing violent video games since I was eight. And I see violence as a stress releiver. I know not to do it in real life which is why I put all of my anger towards my virtual enemy. And it's like that for many people. However, i think that Adam, the killer, didnt know how to properly release anger, for he had a mental problem Apsergers, in which the common symptoms would be social deprivation, aggresion and random outburst. That's the REAL reason why he did what he did. That and his mother was a b*tch for having all the guns laying around the house where the kid wiuld be able to reach them. So if anyone is worrying what might happen to violent video games or movies, or anything, stop. Theyre not going anywhere. The media is making it sound like its a big deal, but really they just want to piss people off.
This is all I will say. If every single person who played a violent video game murdered 27 people, the world would be empty. Just because you've shot some gangsters as Nicko or pulled Scorpion's spine out as Subzero doesn't mean you are going to pick up a gun and commit mass murder. I have been playing games since I was 5 and not once have I tried to kill anyone and neither have my hard core gamer friends. The only reason video games come back into focus is because this kid reportedly played video games. You know what the focus should be? Why the hell assault rifles can get in the hands of civilians, well adjusted or not.
i don't like their claims and don't think vioent entertainment is the cause of anything like it n noreso caused by an individuals unstable mind. i don't think schools need more cops or the like. i mean sure if there were more there could be less chances possibly of similar things happening but at the same time it just makes ppl trust less i'd think or seem as if ppl are trusted less i guess.
If a psychopath decides to kill someone, that is because he is a psychopath, and has deep personal issues. I love and respect the NRA with all my heart, they are possibly the only ones putting up a real fight against the Obama Administration and the UN to keep America armed and safe. But if their accusation is to be believed, then every video game player should be a murderer roaming the streets, searching for victims. Obviously, this is false. The NRA is just trying to ease the fire on their organization. But guys, this is a critical time in our history. If we don't stand up for the right to bear arms (and the right of free speech, if Jack Thompson has his way), the America that we and our fathers and their fathers have known will be gone forever.
Don't believe everything that you see in the media. If it doesn't make sense, ask questions. You'll be amazed by the ammount of political bullcrap that "justifies" them taking away our rights.
They are just passing the buck along, as it was passed to them.
Something I saw on Reddit earlier: If it is not the gun but the gunman how is it the game not the gamer?
I feel the NRA isn't knowledgeable enough to claim such things.
The NRA leadership are complete idiots. Anything to deflect and redirect the issue instead of taking responsibility. I would have so much more respect for them if they used their forum to promote responsible gun commerce instead of their guns can do no wrong posture. Crazies use guns to kill people NRA. There is no explainable reason for these magazine clips that are being used to massacre people. Video games aren't the problem. Since the NRA aren't going to provide the needed leadership for gun control, the American public needs to take action and I don't want to hear any whining from the NRA when they don't like the results.
Mass/rampage killings perpetrated by individuals have been recorded as early as the 1800's. The first working television was introduced to the world in 1926. The first video game was invented in 1958.
Way to divert attention from the real cause, NRA. Citizens don't need automatic weapons of mass annihilation, period.
I think they're sensationalists looking to cash in their crooked agenda on a horrible tragedy.