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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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When ever this happens the first thing that gets blamed in the media are the videogames they were playing. But if the news is fair and unbalanced,how come they never seem to mention the fact that these videogames are labeled M for mature and have all the content in the game listed on the back.If these violent videogames are turning our kids to violent murder machines(wich is complete Bullcrap considering the number of games sold to the number of these incidents the percentage is like .001)the real question should be what is a 12 year doing playing a violent videogame for 12hrs strait anyway? why are we not putting the responsibility on the kids parents to raise them?should we ban assault rifles no should put an age restriction on them like licenses hell yes. (if you remember correctly his mother bought him that gun)And that is the problem with our country we never seem to blame the parents that raise the kid,I have heard so many times that oh its too hard or i just don't want him to hate me or I don't have the time it seems lately that we want our kids to have the privlages of adults and te treated like adults but we don't give them the same consequenses as adults, while I do think that the esrb should use the same rating system as movies (meaning G-nc17)and maybe retailers should separate product buy rating and post the rating at the end of the aisle so parents who are busy can look up and say ok this aislehas the rated R games i won't take my kid down that aisle.That being said the news media is one of the worst offenders i see more violent images on the news at five than in most movies i have watched. after this tragedy i know way more about the gunman than i do about any of victims.Further more after every murder Do we really need to hear the victims last 911 call? While I do belive in free speech and free press and the right to bear arms thier do need to be restrictions in place and age limits need to be enforced, but i also think parents need to step up and take responsibility for thier childs welfare because just because you can do something does'nt mean you should(i am not a parent yet but i can gaurantee that when i am my kids will not be playing games like COD until they are an appropriate age, and i will teach them the difference between make belive and reality)
I do not believe violent media causes violent behavior, but the NRA is right we need to put armed guards in schools, as well as arming the teachers if they go through proper training.
It's stupid. First of all, none of these accusations are based on fact (statistics). And if people ever decide to research the numbers, this stupid argument will die on its own.
I think Gun Safety should be taught at schools. I think people should know who a gun operates and how to handle them safely. I know this isn't too relevant, but regarding the whole argument of whether we should ban guns or let them still be owned by the people.
I think we should enforce responsibility. If guns were treated more like tools, I think we'd see them properly put away and not treated like something rare and mysterious that we'd want to "play" with.
As far as this incident goes, this nut case should've been locked up. A problem avoided by his parents and the people around him.
And this NRA guy is pushing Video Games in the way so Gun Control is tightened up.
games dont make people kill others..idiots and crazy people with guns do. i dont know a game where u kill children in cold blood or any other way..this blame on game must end. people play games in canada, japan, france etc , why dont they kill people in schools or innocent children? americans need to ban assault rifle purchase by civilians..noone needs it.
Pretty idiotic for the NRA to blame violent media. In video games, the player usually controls a hero-type character that kills evil people like murderers and terrorists. You don't take control of a guy and start shooting up public places. Granted, you can do that in some games like GTA or Saints Row, but rarely do you get a task to go kill innocent civilians. Movies and television programs on the other hand are a bit different, but still similar.
The NRA is just looking for an easy target to blame. Violent media is always the blame for something like this when someone doesn't want to look at the real issue or take any responsibility. The fact of the matter is that people have easy access to guns. When you give a mentally unstable person that ability, they might take advantage. That's what happened with this tragedy. Sure, some armed guards or people with concealed weapons could have stopped the killer, but it could have been stopped at the source with restrictions.
As for having armed guards at schools, I'm not really sure how effective that would be. It could keep criminals away, but also make students and staff feel endangered knowing that there are guns nearby, or it could make them feel safe knowing that they are being guarded. Now, if the government or NRA provided the armed guards, then schools should accept. But a lot of schools are already struggling with budgets and I highly doubt they could afford to hire security.
People (especially the NRA) need to realize that gun laws need to change, and that there is no one to blame except those that deal with guns, ammo, or gun rights. Not video games and other media.
I watched TotalBiscuit's commentary video about this incident. And I quite agree with him, you can check this video in his youtube channel. He also gives out a lot of stats to demenstrate his opinion.
This universe is violent - no doubt about it. It is our job to provide perspective, love and peace within this universe. I lay the blame of any violent act ultimately at the doer of the violence. Secondly, I blame the parents or people who are suppose to teach the value of life and the realities of sensationalized media to their children. I believe that we need to approach how children are raised in our changed world of digital instant access to all kinds of information and how to navigate those waters. I do believe that more freedoms will solve our problems, not more regulations.
Yes, allow our trusted parents and teachers to conceal/carry guns if they so choose. Perhaps a vetting process they must go through. Is it too much to ask that if anyone has a gun they must also prove that they have a way to lock the guns and ammo away? Any new gun purchases would also require the purchaser to prove they have a way to lock the gun or they must buy a gunlock or gun safe. This will still allow us to still enjoy our second amendment with proof of responsibility.
Lastly- there has to be a simpler way to commit someone for therapy if there are any signs a person will resort to violence even though there is no concrete evidence. Perhaps a different quick and easy phone number to come pick up the person in question for debriefing. I am not talking about the police, but more of a psychiatric evaluation by professionals. 911 is used for emergencies- maybe a different number like 711 for emergencies that could happen due to a person showing psychologically unhealthy behavior. I could be totally wrong on my approach- just my two cents.
well like always the first thing to blame is the guns, which everyone did. Now that everyone has calmed down a bit they start branching out and blaming video games and movies. The media has turned from guns to gaming and the NRA is just riding that wave. but in the end blaming a shooting on the gun or the game doesn't bring the victims back, so who the *** cares who takes the blame. apparantly the person who pulled the trigger was just as much a victim to the evil gaming industry's indoctrination. this is just getting pathetic
The news will say it all and people will believe it, its only natural with T.V today. Reports claim the shooter had mental problems, and that playing video games made him even more excessively mental: now I have a older brother that has schizophrenia, a mental disorder that can possibly be severe in many cases, my brother loves playing video games, especially with me, and I actually consider him more sane then "other" people. Video games don't effect him at all. Sometimes people will ask if I can trust my brother and I say back to them "I trust him more then you stranger," you can definitely imagine the response I would get. The point is that stuff like this happens, and the bigger we grow in population the more it will happen, but With more people coming into our world the more protection we need to keep us safe, especially the children. Every school out there must have at least a few policemen, and technology would go a long way for schools everywhere.
If you can keep the people in the White House safe, why can't you do the same for our schools?
Sure there is a link between games, movies, media and real life. But that isn't really the point here! It is how you raise your kids. Parents seem to have no responsability anymore. Here in Holland kids (14 <) seem to have a lot of fun drinking themselves into a coma. Can you blame the alcohol?
Hop online with Call of Duty and you will have no doubt that it can make people of all age groups voilent....verbally. However, that does mean these people are homicidal. That should be the focus; does interactive media facilitate homicidal tendencies?
Any of us NES kids that played N.A.R.C. growing up know that they don't make you violent, though I have often longed to throw a giant hypodermic drug needle at some people.
I think videogames have a link to violence in cases were the person playing the game already has mental instability. For example all of us here play videogames, both violent and not so violent yet every single person here has not commited a violent crime. My point is people are quick to blame outside source for problems that originate with the human being. They dont want to accept the possibility of, or responsibility for, our countrys failure to help a majority of mental illnesses. Guns aren't at fault, they are inanimate objects with no intrensic morality. Video games are much the same. I think the government needs to stop placing the blame on other things and begin evaluating the standards of mental health care. Videogames are entertainment and nothing more. I have served overseas in a war zone and let me tell you, the games are nothing like the real thing. If they were it would not be a fun experience for anyone. Nor to videogames desensitize people to actual violence, if they are mentally stable.
I am a lifetime member of the NRA. I legally carry a concealed weapon. I have played video games since Atari. The NRA is blaming video games because it's easy to do. 17 million people bought Black Ops 2 at launch... 1 person commited a mass murder...
Do the math.
it is wrong to blame games but its easy to do so. you are born with what ever makes you do the things do like kill people its not the games