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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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Im sure that scientists are baffled by Canadians ability to play violent video games and not shoot each other. I dont think video games are to blame, I think it is lack of responsibility. Some people arent taught the difference between right and wrong
Load of garbage. My friends and I play violent games all the time, and we never wanted to open fire on civies.
The shooter's mother had guns readily accessible in her home. It's no surprise why the NRA is trying to scapegoat.
I believe that America, as a society, should seriously examine why these shootings continue with such frequency. It's quite possible that our cultural glorification of violence is a contributing factor.
However, it's also ridiculous to allow gun laws to be so loose in our country. People are dying, and what we're doing is not working.
The NRA is stupid. People are ignorant as hell, studies have been conducted have you not seen that? All of the studies were conclusive as to the fact that gaming doesn't cause violence. This is the same as movies, music, comics, etc. none of that stuff makes people violent, and if it did trigger someone to do violence, then that person obviously had mental health problems that should have been diagnosed in the first place. My solution? Mental background checks for those trying to buy weapons, don't allow them to buy weapons, and don't allow people who live with people with mental health problems buy weapons. Make high capacity magazines illegal, and keep the maximum magazine size too either twenty or thirty rounds.
Granted, while there is a lot of violence in video games, movies, or television shows, it is not much different from generations before us. A lot of people my parents age (baby boomers) feel that there is a drastic difference between the amount of violence displayed in media today, and their day. This is not necessarily true, while we have violent video games which did not exist at that time, violence was still portrayed in the 60's and 70's. an example is the coverage of the war in Vietnam. Each night on the news, there was footage of actual battles, wounded soldiers, bombs, guns, explosions etc, basically the same stuff in most video games today. There really is no difference in the amount of violence displayed, but rather the medium its displayed through.
there was an armed guard at columbine actively firing at the shooters but it wasn't effective
I think the NRA's statement is ridiculous just like LaPierre. He's got no credibility after what I saw in his interview yesterday.
Games don't have any affect on peoples actions.They should know right from wrong.
I also heard that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 caused the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School..Do u think thats what caused it?
This is not the first time someone has tried to blame events like mass shootings on video games, and it won't be the last. Jack Thompson tried making a career out of spouting such bullsh*t, and he was disbarred.
The state of California and Senator Leland Yee tried to impose their own game rating system to override the ESRB, and their case was struck down in the Supreme Court. Politicians, lawyers and Faux News can blame video games all they like, but logic and common sense will always prevail.
The fact is that there is zero correlation between video game violence and real violence. Video games are the #1 entertainment medium in the world. Given how many people are gamers, you'd think that just about everybody on the street would be walking around with shotguns if there was any real link.
The NRA has too much power. I support a ban on military rifles and high capacity clips. I also believe that someone seeking to purchase a gun should have to fill out a sort of "aggression and mental stability" test. Basically answering questions asking how they'd react in certain situations. Example: If someone's answer to the question "You and someone you know have had a heated dispute; how do you resolve the situation?" is "I shoot their ass" then that's a red flag.
If someone wants a gun, that's their right... but I have the right to know that they're not a trigger-happy psycho.
WHY are just video games blamed?! You'll see someone kill someone in a horror film TEN TIMES WORSE then in a video game, but do people complain about it? NO! People are so DUMB!
I've played violent video games for almost half of my life. Haven't gone postal
Violent media has nothing to do with the psychological problems that these people are suffering from when they perform these actions. We had a police officer at my high school that was there everyday. He was on duty, had a gun, and everyone knew him and knew he was there. My high school had 0 issues like this while I was there, and to my knowledge - 0 before I was there and 0 since I left. I fully support staffing an officer in schools, and think anyone blaming violent media for what has happened is looking for an easy excuse to shove the real problem - mental health of individuals - under a rug.
There's no need to even have this discussion. The NRA is doing the same thing the Media is doing right now; deflecting. Video games are an easy target because of it's interactive elements, more than often of the violent variety. I've paid attention to almost every study they've done on this subject and not one has shown that the violence portrayed in video games contributes to real life violent crimes. The most they've shown is that people playing have accelerated heart rates, something they've also seen in people watching football, tennis, and baseball. Aside for the lack of any evidence, almost every study also concludes that out of the amount of people that play violent video games, those that actually commit violent crimes are anomalies. So with zero results time and time again the senate is going to waste more money we don't have to have the same exact agency that's already done this research once for them find nothing again. I guess they're hoping this time things will turn out differently. There's a definition for those types of people, doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results... I'd say that these violent pieces of garbage are drawn to the violent video games, not created by them.