Get Your Gun- Video Game Violence Opinion
Recently, with all of the shootings over in the U.S of A, Senator Lamar Alexander, one of the “A-Team” of the NRA (as reported by Credo Action) has been mouthing off on how “video games are a bigger problem than guns, because they affect people”.
Now, we are no strangers to gun violence being blamed on entertainment (Columbine vs Marilyn Manson), but how far is too far?
recently when being asked a question about gun control and a bill that would more regulate background checks when purchasing of a firearm was intended by MSNBC, Senator Alexander stated “I’m going to wait and see on all of these bills. I think video games is [sic] a bigger problem than guns, because video games affect people. But the First Amendment limits what we can do about video games, and the Second Amendment to the Constitution limits what we can do about guns”.
Of course guns don’t affect people, don’t be silly. Obviously it’s violent video games and not people with mental health issues, no need to tighten restrictions and implement decent mental health systems. /Sarcasm
Remember back to Columbine, a tradgidy caused by two young men who decided it was a good idea to go on a shooting RAMPAGE, the media and government needed a scape goat, and that scape goat was Marilyn Manson. Now, the two young men had posters of Metallica and other related materials, not saying metallica had anything to do with it, but fear did.
Blame the “freak” in the make up, the semi mega star whom you don’t understand, blame him with all your might. How did he contribute to these two guys going on a shooting rampage? One song had the lyrics “get your gun” and in no way instructed or even hinted at going on a mass shooting spree. Why was he blamed? Because it’s easier to find a scape goat than to try and fix the issue.
Obviously now that there is not a musician or a certain movie to blame, the focus switches to video game violence.
Now, I’m not saying that the whole of the American Governing body is out to blame games, not even half of them are. But when a senator like this guy stands up and says “games are more dangerous than guns”, you have to wonder what he is thinking.
Well, that being said let us take the words of California State Senator Leland Yee, whose last effort to censor video games was this comment:
“Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry’s lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest.”
So I ask this, if we have no credibility because we are GAMERS, Senator Alexander, YOU have no credibility as you are taking funds/being funded by the NRA.
What’s your take on the recent comments being made? Do you think we need a restriction on violent games?