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#76 1941

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:04

The question was actually "What do you think is a bigger safety threat in America: guns or violent video games?". It doesn't go into detail by asking how big, and what kind, of a threat they believe it actually posses.

Also, they didn't only poll republicans, so it's not just republicans who believe this. In fact looking at the numbers... 86% of those people who describe them selves as "Very Liberal" said chose video games over guns. The other 14% chose not sure (nobody chose guns). But sure we can read into these numbers however we want.


Ask Pellosi and the other one what they think.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:10

Idiotic insanity. Games don't make people violent :/ If this poll were put forth in any other country though I wager the results would be pretty different.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:33

So would it be wise for those few people who do get violent from playing games to own a gun? I don't think so.
In the US they can easily apply for a license and probably get it fairly quick because a background check would never show his violent behavior.

That's why so many of us are in favor of more thorough checks before you get a gun license.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:42

you people are messed up.. all i said was that between video games and gun... that video games are far more dangerous.

a gun needs someone stupid or violent enough to pull the trigger.

a video game is an interactive art where most of the time you're interaction is violence that is ever more violent and realistic. Ideas and desensatation to violence are far more dangerous than a gun. A game like Modern Warfare could inspire someone to pick up a real gun to begin with. I know alot of people who purchase katanas and replica weapons(buster sword, frostmourne) based solely on the inspiration of video games

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:52

People who serve in the armed forces may become desensitised to violence, clearly as a precaution all veterans should be pre-emptively euthanized on the off-chance they might go on a rampage as a civilian.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:01

Idiotic insanity. Games don't make people violent :/ If this poll were put forth in any other country though I wager the results would be pretty different.

They will do anything to keep hold of their guns, even spout lies.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:09

They will do anything to keep hold of their guns, even spout lies.


it seems like you'll do anything to keep your games. You're lying to yourself and everyone here if you can honestly say that video games hasn't desensatized you to violence.

#83 Rohdekill

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:23

I think people were thinking of "immediate availability" of the source and "mental impact" when participating in the poll. For instance, one may think a game is more dangerous as they are readily available to a child, typically left laying out. If not in the house the child lives in, then available at a friends. And, since both adults typically work these days, minimum supervision or explanation that it is a fantasy game and shouldn't be reflective of real life. Yet, a firearm may be secured away and not available, nor have ammunition available; posing absolutely no danger.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:32

This has happened with comic books, (pre-McCarthy / Communism witch hunts) a physiologist when to prisons with trouble youth and tried to find a common thread, and it turned out to be comic books, and that was the "issue" that corrupted society, comic books were destroyed, get punished if you got caught having one by parents, etc. industry almost collapsed, and after that blew over, eventually recovered.

The pen and paper / dice role playing games Dungeon & Dragon's were vilified and "link" to satanic cults murdering people and were blamed (and attacked by the church).

Video Games been in these situations off and on.

I feel the right is trying to use video games as distraction / scapegoat the left's attack on gun control.

I really feel that the root of problems is the individual.

A normally adjusted comic reading, dnd playing, video game playing, legal gun owner doesn't go out and kill people.
A trouble person, that goes out and do horrible things, acquires a weapon (legally at the time or illegally) and may also partake in comic, dnd, video game, etc.

I doesn't help the media focus on the 1% extreme stories and brings it in your face day after day until your sense of reality get's jaded thinking the exception to the norm is the norm, which feeds in to fear, paranoia. That's not to say bad things don't happen, just not as common as you believe. If it does happen to you or someone you know it's understandable to have strong emotions / reaction, because you were in / close to the situation.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:41

I remember this documentry I watched a while back, Fahrenheit 9/11 if any of you remember and I especially remember a scene where when the newly recruited marines, who are basically 18-19 year old kids, went in to bomb Iraq they'd plug in heavy metal music to the tank's charlie box so everyone could hear it through there helmets and then go about wrecking havoc with their newly acquired toys to the soundtrack. And I couldn't help but think this looks oddly familiar to what we do in games like COD.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:52

it seems like you'll do anything to keep your games. You're lying to yourself and everyone here if you can honestly say that video games hasn't desensatized you to violence.


Towards what, turtles? Invaders from another planet? You make it sound like all video games are horroshow deathfests, when in reality the few that are are basically armed forces simulators... which, in case you were unaware, said impressionable young adults can join in real life.

Go back as far as you want, people will always blame "media" as being violent. Look at the Bible... it's a bit old, mind you, and the first story tells tale where there were only 4 people on Earth, and one decided to kill another.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:57

So what video games were being played in the early 1900s, the 1800s, 1700s, etc. etc?
There was probably more killing back in the old days/centuries than nowadays.

Either way, it's not the games that kill, it's the messed up head the psycho who's doing or gonna do the killing has, and would do whether he played the games or not.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 21:00

Over the years I've been gaming less and less and I have noticed one thing that games or modern ones at least seem to make people boring.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 21:25

Seems irrational.


Which is consistent with the party platform.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 22:09

you people are messed up.. all i said was that between video games and gun... that video games are far more dangerous.

a gun needs someone stupid or violent enough to pull the trigger.

a video game is an interactive art where most of the time you're interaction is violence that is ever more violent and realistic. Ideas and desensatation to violence are far more dangerous than a gun. A game like Modern Warfare could inspire someone to pick up a real gun to begin with. I know alot of people who purchase katanas and replica weapons(buster sword, frostmourne) based solely on the inspiration of video games


As I mentioned earlier, gun culture seem to me to be far more influential on people than video games. American's masochistic relationship with guns never ceases to amaze me.


The only time video games are mentioned is when some criminal uses them shift blame for his/her behaviour.

"I killed those hookers because you can do it in GTA"