I have to say that I am sick of this “guns don’t kill people, people kill people crap. If the boy had no access to firearms this would not have happened period.
I am glad that we do no live under the rule of the gun here in the uk.
I was burgled several years ago and unluckily for the burglar I was in, the police picked up what was left of him. Now if guns were so easily available and we both had one, instead of him ending up with some bruising, one of us would probably be dead.
I attended an sg3 convention a few weeks ago in London and whilst out of the hotel, two people attempted to mug me, once again I was able to deal with the problem quite easily, and I feel if anyone had a gun someone would be dead.
As for the argument that video games make people violent I would have to say the opposite was true.
I have studied every from of unarmed combat known to man for the past 24 years, and had to face violence on numerous occasions. I have being playing video games since the days of pong.
I haven’t hit anyone in anger, well I just don’t remember the last time, and I think there are two reasons for this.
The first is, I understand that I am violent, every one is violent or likes violence in some form or other, we spend out lives telling our children and the whole of society that violence is wrong and yet it is deeply rooted into our way of life. I don’t buy into it and know that when I feel violent that there is nothing wrong with this, it our nature to be violent.
The second is, when I feel violent I accept it and turn on my pc and blow away anything that moves, I can commit mass murder and even destroy whole civilisations of aliens. But not a single person gets hurt in this imaginary world. When I am done, I turn off my pc and re-enter society knowing that I have had my violent fix and can get through the rest of my day without hurting a soul.
Remember, life is about choices, we choose to buy guns, we choose to allow access to our children, we choose to let them shoot each other, we choose to kill our neighbour, we choose to kill our friends.
Just as the devil didn’t make anyone do it, nor do video games, we are already born killers, its in our genes, its one of the most basics instincts we have. So people cut the crap, accept we are violent, stop blaming movies, games, television, books, music and so on. Show some backbone and shoulder the responsibly for your actions and move on.
Just a simple thought, for all the bleeding heart politicians in every country who take up this battle against video games and other media.
How many children whose killing were directly related to video games and tv were there in your county last year, and how many children were starved, prostituted, murdered and raped in your country, what about their lives, what about saving a few of them.