alabama has seen an *increase* in shootings over the last decade, and slightly less when videogame sales were low? coincidence??
Your cause and effect reasoning is specious at best. Alabama is a racist, behind the curve state that is 50th in nearly everything. America
, on the other hand, has seen it's overall percentage of crime per population decrease (remember, population increases
) while the video game industry has become an $8 billion a year industry.
The reason that Columbine was such a big deal/news story is because
it's so horrific and rare. Columbine was the exception, not the rule. Thousands were killed on 9/11 in an incident that defies logic - no one went into those two towers that morning thinking they were going to be killed. In the last three days, 9 Americans were killed in action and there's no national day of mourning for them. Sure, it's news and we all feel sorry for the families, but it's war - it's well known that there will be casualties.
but also i think that the media, and some brutalistic games like POStal and sopranos also add to the mix, and should be dealt with, perhaps with age limits, etc just like alcohol.
I agree with you here - Wal-Mart, Babbage's, etc. have all instituted policies to keep "M" rated games out of the hands of children and soon it will carry the effect if not the force of law, much like the movie industry. The argument that Video Games = Children is still with us but it's fading away more and more. No one thinks R-rated movies are for children and as such, there's no weight to the argument that an R-rated movie like The Matrix
is aimed at them. Once every store has policies in place to keep "M" rated games out of childrens' hands then we can finally move on and accept that certian video games are for adults, the same way some movies are.