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Jack Thompson Writes Obama

Jack Thompson Asks Obama For Nationwide Ban On "Killer Games" reproduces a letter from disbarred but unbowed anti-gaming zealot Jack Thompson, addressed to United States President Barack Obama. The letter references the recent school shooting in Germany and, taking a page from the playbook of fellow fanatic David Grossman, repeatedly makes use of the phrase "murder simulator." He also outlines highlights of his ten-year campaign combating violent video games that began after his attempts to blame society's ills on rap music began falling on deaf ears. After a decade of effort, he has finally concluded the only solution is to ban violent games altogether:

I conclude by asking you, one father to another, to take the bold moves necessary to get these murder simulators out of America. We have more guns than people in this country. We are training our teens to be Manchurian Candidates to use them and to author what will be more Columbines, more Virginia Techs, and more shattered communities.

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58. Re: Jack Thompson Writes Obama Mar 23, 2009, 22:14 NKD
 
Why would it work? If you've got a thriving, active industry that produces guns, some of those guns are going to filter out to the criminal element. If that industry is eliminated, the amount of guns that filter to the criminal element is going to be drastically reduced. Is it going to affect the amount of guns criminals have overnight? Certainly not. But in the long term, yes, it's definitely going to have an effect. I think you're just thinking too short-sightedly.

Yes, it might make a difference in 50 or 100 years, as guns begin to fall apart and there hasn't been an influx of illegal guns. Then again, it might not make a difference, or it might make the problem worse by increasing the necessity of a black market. If Joe Average has a gun you can steal from his home, the criminals will need to get their guns elsewhere, and someone is going to be there to help them with that. Meanwhile the 400+ American citizens who use a gun to commit a justifiable homicide each year become victims. That's not even counting those who successfully use their weapon as a deterrant, or simply injure the perpetrator.

Really the issue here is that banning guns doesn't have much support. Only 40% of Americans believe we need more legislation, and even then most of that 40% don't support an outright ban anyway. They simply want more waiting periods, background checks and so on. Regardless of the math, people simply don't feel the benefits outweigh the loss.

As I said earlier, most gun violence is committed by felons and minorities, against other felons and minorities. So the average American isn't going to see the upside to banning guns. All they see is that when the minorities come for them, they will be defenseless,(That may be a racist view for these people to have, but it is supported by the data.) or that they will no longer be able to take part in sport shooting.

As we can see from this thread, the only people to really support banning guns in America.. are Europeans. That's not an insult, just an observation. You have a right to say whatever you want (well not really, since you don't live in America, but this is the Internet) but I personally believe Europeans need to look out for their rights more. There are a vocal few opposed to logging everyones DNA and covering the whole country in cameras, but largely people are being quite accepting. You are all too willing to give up your rights because you assume they aren't really important.

Even with the US government viciously attacking privacy and other rights, it pales in comparison to the police/nanny state that Europe is becoming. Holding on to our gun rights is more symbolic than anything. A ban wouldnt really help, in my opinion, but it would be one more right we used to have that we don't anymore. The last thing Americans need right now is more rights taken away, we had enough of that thanks to Dubya.

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