Friday, December 21, 2012

Convenient scapegoat
...there is literally no evidence linking exposure to violent media and acts of violence in young men. The head of psychology and criminal justice at Texas A&M said just this week that there isn't even the smallest evidence for any sort of causation. The US is in fact not the leading consumer of video games per capita, yet its level of gun violence is far beyond that of any other developed nation.

Video games are just another convenient scapegoat for people that don't want to deal with the real problems. John Hinckley attempted to assassinate a president explicitly because he saw Jodie Foster in a movie. Does that mean Jodie Foster causes violence?

The vast majority of young men have played violent video games. You can't take the fact that a small group of men happen to have also committed violent crimes and claim that their playing of video games is in any way related.

Posted by: OddBet
Dec 21, 2012 1:25:09 PM

Totally agree!  If you want to stop gun violence, get rid of the fucking guns.  Why is the US the only country that can't see this?
Maybe they should blame Marilyn Manson again.
My sympathy for Americans in this tragedy is running thin, much like the sympathy for Sept 11 was wiped out by invading Iraq.  If you want sympathy and compassion and assistance, you need to stop pointing the finger everywhere but at the problem.
The mentality that says armed guards is acceptable in every public school is to blame, not a video game.

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