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Tag: video games


VIOLENCE: Video games train young killers

The recent random shootings and the attendant public comments appear to ignore an issue that has been escalating in our youth for 20 or more years.

In an effort for true realism, computer game companies have crossed the line by escalating gun violence. In many of the current games, the object is to kill other human beings; to emphasize that realism, blood is portrayed coming from impact area. The score is predicated on the number of “kills” made.

The industry, supported by the courts and lawmakers, claims that access to these games is limited by disclaimers, and further that access

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SHOOTING: Stem violence in games, films, TV

I don’t believe that anyone can justify the use of a gun to kill another human being, unless it’s in self-defense.

The dreadful massacre that happened in Connecticut, along with other senseless killings over the years, have fostered massive public outrage and concern about the availability of guns.

We need to keep in mind that the gun doesn’t kill. The killer does. I would venture to say that there are more homicides on an annual basis with vehicles than there are with guns.

Let’s get to the root of the problem by stemming the tide of Hollywood movies, TV dramas

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SHOOTING: Bad people will always get guns

Watching Saturday’s news coverage of the shootings in Connecticut made me absolutely furious. I do not own guns, have never shot a gun, and do not intend to. Therefore I do not care how rigid gun laws become.

The sheer number of people talking about stricter gun laws in relation to preventing future tragic events is beyond my comprehension. These people need a reality check. Bad people will always find a way to get a gun if they want one. Gun control laws will never prevent these incidents from happening.

If they so badly want to ban something, let’s take

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SHOOTING: Violent videos anesthetize young players

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

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