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  1. echoraven

    echoraven said, about 3 years ago

    The problem with games is the same with any media, they influence the young and weak minded. While you can get a thrill when you blast someone with a shotgun in MW3 and they flop like a rag doll, someone mentally less capable wonders what it would be like to do that to a real person.
    It’s not the games, movies or the guns. It’s parenting.

  2. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, about 3 years ago

    Yes… let’s violate a Constitutional right or two for everyone because someone who’s a nutjob was not only able to purchase a shotgun, but more importantly able to obtain security clearance to get into the compound. There are 330 million people in this country, and we want to impugn the rights of 329,999,995 of those people because of the acts of 5 whackamoles.

    Granted, violent crime is still present, but the restriction of access to firearms is not preventing the problem. LA, DC, Chicago, and New York are proof of this. Where there’s a will, there’s a way…. history has taught us this.

    The best way to prevent these kinds of tragedies is to send a message to the media to stop glorifying and splattering this guy’s name all over the headlines. By doing this, they are encouraging other nutjobs to come out and perform similar acts. They feel their name will be glorified and go down in the annals of history, and they will be famous. The best way to push back is to let their name fall into obscurity by not covering it every day, all day long.

  3. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, about 3 years ago

    Not only are some of the mentioned games over 10 years old … Games are being played world wide, and its oddly enough mainly in the US with one or two exceptions these cases happen. Now I know its hard for the parties doing these accusations, but could we add some logic to the mix, and ditch blaming games? Similar to how it was stopped blaming specific genres of music?

  4. Ian Rey

    Ian Rey said, about 3 years ago

    There are also games that have violent acts with swords, spaceships, mushrooms, magic cars – and yet sword violence has not increased. Virtual violence has nothing to do with actual violence. Increased guns do have something to do with increased gun violence.

  5. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, about 3 years ago

    More guns!

  6. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, about 3 years ago


    “Yes… let’s violate a Constitutional right or two for everyone…”

    Its not okay for the second amendment to be regulated but its okay for the fifteenth amendment to be assaulted because of voter fraud. Zat okay?

    “Granted, violent crime is still present, but the restriction of access to firearms is not preventing the problem. A, DC, Chicago, and New York are proof of this.”

    Its not about preventing the problem, its about reducing the problem. If you look at states where gun laws are lax you’ll see that gun violence is higher than states that have strict gun laws. This is a given. Less = Less Violence.

    “The best way to prevent these kinds of tragedies is to send a message to the media to stop glorifying and splattering this guy’s name all over the headlines.”

    If the media shuts up about gun violence, guess what? Gun violence will still exist. There will always be a jealous ex-boyfriend who will “get even” with his ex, a guy who will rob a liquor store using a gun, and other people who intend to do harm using a firearm they can purchase rather easily. The notion that the media is gloryfying nut jobs is as absurd as video games causing gun violence.

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Hmm, I’ve watched, and talked to folks, including kids, after playing violent video games, and there IS a danger with those who don’t have “self control” or are a tad “over the edge”. Interestingly, I hear the same radical thinking, and inability to focus on logic, from folks who’ve been listening to a couple hours of Limbaugh! With Beck, just listen to HIM!

  8. pirate227

    pirate227 said, about 3 years ago

    They’re… GAMES.

  9. Brutatowski

    Brutatowski said, about 3 years ago

    With the multiple run ins with the law this guy had he would have never been able to work at my place of business, and it is just a retail facility.
    How in the world did he have a security clearance here?
    For those who want to take away guns, do you really think it will be the last right that an overoppressive government will try to ridicule out of you?

  10. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, about 3 years ago

    @d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    Thanks for assuming what I meant by my first statement. I was actually more implying that by pushing back on video games is the suppression of the first amendment. But I also meant that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. So both are being violated about the talk surrounding this situation.

    You and I will never agree on the issue of disarmament. You believe that disarming the population will also take guns out of the reaching hands of criminals. This is a fallacy. It’s been proven time and time again that even neighboring counties that have CCW permits experience much lower violent crime rates than those where CCW is banned.

    The police can only deter certain kinds and/or amounts of crime, and only because they are a presence that makes people pause. But if you look at people who are looking to commit violent crime, the police are only there to pick up the pieces afterwards, and try to catch/convict the guilty party(ies). They can’t stop violent crime as it’s happening, because they aren’t there. The only one who CAN stop violent crime as it’s happening is an armed populace. Hence the purpose of the 2nd Amendment.

    Now, proof that my statement is correct, let’s look at all the tragedies that have befallen us. Columbine (school, gun-free zone). Aurora (Theatre, soft target). VA Tech (school, gun-free zone). Sandy Hook, CT (school, gun-free zone). And now this tragedy (guarded gate, but gun-free zone except the exterior guards).

    In all of these tragedies, you see a pattern: The targets/victims of these events were disarmed, in most cases forcibly disarmed due to procedure/law/etc. The attacker knows that unless a group of people has a law-breaker in their midst, they will go unopposed while they butcher people. In all of the above-mentioned situations, if the targets/victims had been armed, the losses would have been lower.

    You taking away firearms from the general public will never take them out of the hands of criminals. There will always be a way to get them, in one form or another. And if they don’t have guns, they’ll use explosives. And if they can’t get ahold of explosives, they will use chemicals. Evil will conduct itself outside the law, regardless of what rules and regulations we place on the general public. Until the liberal population realizes this truism, we will continue to have these tragedies.

    As to the media, my point is not to conceal the truth that is happening. My point is they are glorifying these jagoffs by babbling their names, body counts, weapons, all the gory details. And all those idiots who suck on the boob tube every night looking and listening to this crap slurp it up because it’s entertaining on some disgusting level.

    My point is these people should be demonized, treated like the filth they are, and announce it and be done. Don’t get into the specifics. Don’t give it more life than it already has. Show some discretion and sensitivity to the families of those lost. By them plastering the person’s name everywhere, we are showing the rest of the nut jobs out there that if they go on a spree like this, their names will also be immortalized. And thus the cycle continues.

    Think about the timeline about these massacres that goes on. Why is the pace of these kinds of attacks increasing? We’ve had more of these cases in the past 5 years than I had during my first 30 years of my life. Can’t we identify why?

    This: Sept 2013
    Sandy Hook: December 2012
    Oak Creek, WI: August 2012
    Aurora: July 2012
    Fort Hood: November 2009
    Binghamton, NY: April 2009
    Geneva, AL: March 2009
    VA Tech: April 2007
    Atlanta: July 1999
    Columbine: April 1999
    Killeen, TX: October 1991
    Edmond, OK: August 1986
    San Diego: July 1984

    I could go on, but you can look here for yourself. My point is that we have seen a drastic increase in killing sprees in just the last 4-5 years, and not many prior. What is the difference in these items? People have had a harder time getting firearms under Obama than they have under Bush/Reagan/Clinton/etc. So why do we see a much larger increase during that time period?

    I theorize it has entirely to do with ready access to the media. The internet boom and smartphone revolution is bringing reporting (accurate or not) to us real-time, 24/7. They KNOW they will get media coverage. They KNOW they will be skylined as a name the public will remember. Why? Because the media pushes the information to us even when we don’t ask for it, and they know it. They are immortalized by their acts, because they know the media will ensure that happens.

    Prove me wrong.

  11. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, about 3 years ago

    “You ignore the 2nd part of the 2nd amendment which clearly states the right to own and bear arms shall not be infringed..,”

    Then you obviously can’t tell the difference between reducing gun sales (you can still buy guns, just with regulation) and taking away your guns point blank.

  12. CrazyRubes

    CrazyRubes said, about 3 years ago

    I would just like to point out that study after study has failed to find any connection to violent video games. There is probably more to be gained by finding those with no empathy. Don’t ask how to find them, they’re working on that.

  13. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, about 3 years ago

    The only baloney that’s being served is yours gramps. John Lott AKA Mary Rosh (as the Democratic Undergrounders know him as) has a history of lying about gun statistics (which is strange because he’s an economist). When he was questioned about the statistics about his book more guns = less crime, his data was not available. From his website: "The bottom line is that I lost data for most of my various research projects, as well as the files for my book “More Guns, Less Crime,” in a computer crash in July 1997." He even admits to being Mary Rosh: “As to the claim, raised in a Feb. 1 Style article, that I used a fictitious identity in making posts in Internet chat rooms, I did indeed do that. I originally used my own name but switched after receiving threatening and obnoxious telephone calls from other Internet posters.”

    As for 2.5 million thwarts this is an exaggerated number as the NCVS has it more like 108,000 per year vs 2.5 million using small telephone surveys (key word here is SURVEYS). There is no actual data here that says that guns make us much safer, other than the word of the person being surveyed. As far as those incidents are concerned a couple of them are overexaggerated:

    A woman who was a victim of a home invasion shot her assailants AFTER she was robbed at gun point. At no point during the robbery did she go get her gun to confront her attackers. She shot them when they were already fleeing the scene.

    A pricipal who supposedly stopped a massacre by using his colt 45 from his truck is also not true. The perpetrator had already killed 3 students and left for the woods. At that time police showed up and the principal got his piece from his truck after the fact.

  14. CrazyRubes

    CrazyRubes said, about 3 years ago

    Dr. Canuck, just read the article in Psychology Today to get a more unbiased view. I would link it here, but I think it would stop me. It’s by Romeo Vitelli.

  15. oceanclub

    oceanclub said, about 3 years ago

    The single more ignorant comment on video games & violence I’ve ever seen – and that’s quite a feat. For example, “God of War” is a game about ancient Greek heroes – I’m open to the idea that this inspired a massacre if said massacre was performed by someone with a spear dressed as a hoplite.

    “Thrill Kill”? An 15 year old UNPUBLISHED game. (I hadn’t even heard of it til I googled it.)

    “Mortal Kombat” – a 22 year old melee combat game. No guns in it at all.

    There is no correlation between the number of video games played in a country and the number of massacres, and plenty of correlation between the number of guns and the number of massacres. Ireland has one of the highest rates of game console ownership in the world, and our gun deaths are negligible.


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