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SHOOTING: Violent videos anesthetize young players

Letter by Michael G. Qunell, Tacoma on Dec. 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm | No Comments »
December 18, 2012 1:27 pm

As a retired firefighter, I have seen more than my share of horrific scenes, but this shooting in Connecticut has ripped through my heart. All the news media keep asking how could this happen against young defenseless children.

I am not an NRA member, and I realize the futility of trying to control something that is already far beyond our control. Statistics already say there are more guns in this country than there are people. There is no way that issue could be resolved.

Nearly all of these murderers have been young men. Why is that? After visiting with relatives and watching my young nephews, I have a new direction that I think should be pursued. These young men with their Xboxes or Playstations are playing video games that are so violent it is no wonder that they look to violence to resolve their problems.

I was shocked when watching them play “HALO,” “Call of Duty” and others. They are nothing more than killing games that effectively anesthetize our youth to the actual act of killing.

Have the investigators in these crimes checked to see if they had video systems and what games they played? I would be greatly surprised if they didn’t have these systems.

Unfortunately, if Nintendo and Sony have the same political clout as the NRA, then nothing will be done and we can only expect more of these terrible events as the shooters try to beat the score of the previous killers.

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