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  1. sw10mm

    sw10mm said, almost 4 years ago

    Liberal remind me of young children throwing a tantrum in the grocery store. There is no rational thought involved.

  2. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, almost 4 years ago

    The NRA is throwing sand in the eyes of fools:
    1. Children are massacred.
    4. (rational person) “Uhhh … guns?”

  3. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 4 years ago

    Because heaven forfend that parents observe and regulate what their children do. Don’t want them playing those “super violent shooter games”? DON’T LET THEM!

  4. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 4 years ago

    With good sex education fewer of these kids would end up on the abortion tables.
    Education has Proved better than the Lord Himself at reducing teen pregnancies. For some reason reducing the need for abortion is not the agenda.

  5. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 4 years ago

    No, Republican Bobby Jindal called the GOP the Party of Stupid — and then came up with a “solution” that differed not one whit from the problem.

  6. echoraven

    echoraven said, almost 4 years ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    “Don’t want them playing those “super violent shooter games”? DON’T LET THEM!”
    You may be surprised (or not) at how lazy people are. People don’t bother researching what games their kids want and we wonder why they have mental health issues.
    Personally I do enjoy violent shooters, but I would never have a child in the same room and explain tactics in Doom 3D “Shoot the machine gun in short bursts, it increases accuracy”.

  7. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 4 years ago


    Laws against either guns such as ordinary hand guns, rifles, or shot guns are not what is needed here. Neither are laws against violent video games needed (other than laws that such games should be labeled “violent” so parents would know exactly what they are buying).

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    What IS needed are parents that care enough about their own children to actually explain the difference between the fantasy of ANY computer or video game, and the reality of actually using a firearm (or any other weapon for that matter) to harm another human being in reality!

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    Just as an example: My own beloved grand father (who owned many guns, and as a policemen had taught many rookie policemen both gun safety and how to shoot) took his grand children out to a range and set up a two by four. He then proceeded to take his .38 police revolver out and shot the board into two pieces with one shot. He then told us, “Just think what such a weapon could do to you or anybody else!”. With that in mind he then proceeded to show us all just how to handle such firearms safely!

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    Well, perhaps it would not now be practical for every parent to do that (it was a long time ago in a different era), but all parents should be able to explain the difference between shooting pixels on a computer or other video monitor, and actually shooting another person with an actual firearm. Almost all children are fully capable of understanding that difference, and are therefore also fully capable of playing any kind of video game available, just as we (I am now 70 years of age) played with cap guns in “Cowboys and Indians” or “Cope and Robbers” in our own youth!!

  8. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, almost 4 years ago

    NRA – Not Really Americans. A disgrace to a great country. Our national shame.

  9. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 4 years ago

    ‘Where is the proof good sex education works?"
    I’m guessing you are serious, which almost deters me from answering.
    Where do you do your research?
    Just off the top of my head and not confusing with those complex statistics.
    Texas has the lowest sex ed level in the nation.
    Texas has the hightest teen pregnancy rate in the nation.
    Neither of these are a secret and those complicted double blind studies have also been done.
    Education is the number one performer in reducing teen pregnancy.

    All this is very simple, except for those who find sex evil.

  10. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook said, almost 4 years ago


    The others can go to Hell, Rickapolis, I agree with you.
    Part of gun safety, and making kids understand the real-life consequences of gun violence (which violent video games never do) is a simple demonstration I got as a kid.
    My Dad and his family were avid hunters, and I grew up in a house full of (safely locked away) hunting guns.
    When I was around 8, my Dad enrolled me in a shooter’s safety class, and for the first lesson the teacher took a hard bar of soap and a grapefruit and put them at the end of the firing range and put one .22 slug through each.
    He showed us the bar of soap, with a hole clean through and said “that’s what a little .22 will do to bone.” And then he showed us the grapefruit, with a small hole in the front and a big messy one in the back and said “and that’s what it will do to flesh.”
    I never forgot that, and have always treated guns with respect for the serious damage they can do.
    Sadly, there’s too damned many people in this country who groove on the idea that they may get to shoot somebody someday. The prospect excites them.
    Just sorta sick in the head. And, thanks to the NRA, they all have big, rapid firing guns.

  11. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder said, almost 4 years ago

    @Gary McSpook

    Thank you for your comments Gary. It’s so hard in this country to have a reasonable discussion/debate around these issues. And when we do start talking about them, for some, all reason and subtlety vanish.

    In my own mind, I see the problem as complex.
    Some of it is gun culture (glorification of guns and seeing guns as a legitimate means of solving problems).

    Some of it is the historical place of violence in our country and the culture that has grown up around that (I can’t even count the number of murders and instances of violence I saw as a boy on television and in films, in the old West, in war, in personal interactions, in race relations).

    Some of it is just human nature (some people are going to have serious anger management issues and others are going to be mentally ill).

    Some of it is the ready availability of guns of all kinds (allowing killing on a small scale).

    Some of it is the ready availability of semiautomatic weapons (allowing killing on a much larger scale).

    Some of it is the scale of the issue (having gun laws and enforcing them in one city or state, doesn’t really solve the problem as long as they can be easily obtained elsewhere).

    Some of it is moneyed vested interests (gun manufacturers and to some extent the NRA).

    Making it better is not going to be simple or quick. It’s taken most of my life for attitudes to change about smoking and drinking and driving. And even if we enacted good national laws (so there wouldn’t be somewhere else within the U.S. to circumvent the laws), it would take significant time for the poll of unregulated guns to drop.

    I’m not saying we shouldn’t try. We most definitely should. The harm the problem is causing is heartbreaking. I’m just saying it would be a lot easier to try if everyone could act like adults and listen to each other and reach reasonable compromises. But that failing is probably a lot of why we have the problem in the first place.

  12. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder said, almost 4 years ago

    Sorry “poll” should have been “pool.”

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