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    Donkey Hotey

    I know plenty of violent video game players who would gladly have a regular conversation about violent video games.  I've also met a few like you describe.

    I have no taste for violent games myself and I never said it was simple.  In fact, I thinks it quite complicated.  But violent video games are played all over the world and no where else in the world has the level of violence we do.  

    You see the same reaction from a lot of gun owners when you talk about gun control.  No room for discussion for gun regs, but plenty of room to speculate on any other possibility.  I'm sure there are also reasons, practical and otherwise, why some choose games and other choose guns.  

    Video games have always been an easy target. But I think it's that suggesting that that thing might be taken away from them that's results is such a reaction that is the key.  I'm sure if it was studied (and I know it has been), you would want to look at other things that cause the same reaction.  I'm sure we'd be surprised at how common that reaction is and how benign many of those things are that people would have a similar reaction to suggesting they be taken away.

    The violence comes from our culture and the demand is created by our culture.  As they say, "if it bleeds, it leads."  We demand violence and can't turn our heads away, unless it becomes very real when it happens to us personally or when it happens to those so unquestionably innocent that we can't bear it.  

    I hope we can move forward and look at everything, and in the meantime, do something about guns right now.  I'd rather fail in doing too much than too little and finding yet another school or public space become yet another horror.

    The priest said, "Today's sermon is called 'Liars', but first I have a question. How many of you have read Chapter 66 in Matthew?" Nearly every hand went up. "You're just the group I need to speak to," the priest said. "There's no such chapter."

    by Back In Blue on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 07:55:02 PM PST

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