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  •  It would be a good idea to wait 30 minutes or so (4+ / 0-)
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    pgm 01, sethtriggs, ElaineinIN, lyvwyr101

    before getting behind the wheel after playing GTA. But it was really fun to play. Actually, I just enjoyed jacking passersby with a club as much as anything else in that game. I am not at all a violent person in real life.

    "Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens," -Friedrich Schiller "Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in Vain"

    by pengiep on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:03:19 AM PST

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    •  That's the thing... (5+ / 0-)
      Actually, I just enjoyed jacking passersby with a club as much as anything else in that game. I am not at all a violent person in real life.
      On December 13th, my wife and I were playing Borderlands and laughing maniacally every time we shot someone with a sniper rifle and their head popped off. I commented that we could laugh at the game, but we'd be horrified if we saw that actually happen. I remember the date because the Newtown shooting happened the very next day. My wife still refuses to read or watch anything about it because she says she can't handle it. I get choked up and want to cry every time I read or think about it.

      Rational people can tell the difference between reality and a video game. Video games aren't the problem. When was the last time someone went on a killing spree with a copy of GTA or Call of Duty?

      My main take away from the Criminal Justice class I took in college is that the presence of a gun in a home radically increases the chances of one of the home's occupants being killed with a gun. Guns just do not prevent crime the way gun advocates like to claim. I have two guns in my home: a .22 semi-automatic target pistol and a WW2-era Russian Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifle. I use them for target shooting. I don't even keep ammunition for them in the house.  Even if I did, I keep them locked in a safe in the basement, which makes them useless for home defense.

      The ready availability of guns is the real problem. The NRA's response of "more guns" would just make things worse. If more people carry guns, then guns become the solution to all conflicts (when the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail).

      I'm not advocating for a ban on all guns, but where we are right now is just insane. Nobody outside of a soldier in battle (or training for battle) needs an assault weapon. If it weren't for the nut cases killing people with AR-15s and the like, police officers wouldn't need them either.

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