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Submitted by 32froshes 1130d ago | opinion piece

Hey, Connecticut, Burning Video Games Solves Nothing

Cheat Code Central's Josh Engen writes: "Just before Christmas, Wayne LaPierre, vice president of the NRA, called a press conference to hypocritically deflect any backlash from the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings onto the video game industry. It was all very entertaining, until you realized that they're being entirely serious. Unfortunately, LaPierre's point of view is shared by enough people to justify an old-fashioned book burning. Except, instead of books, they'll be burning video games." (Culture, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

MultiConsoleGamer  +   1130d ago
The killer had serious mental issues and his own mother was teaching him to shoot a gun.

His mother left high powered weapons unlocked and unattended in a home with a child known for having serious mental illness. More than anyone this kid's mother is responsible for this terrible crime.

And of course the NRA needs a scapegoat because it's painfully f***** obvious that an irresponsible gun owner is COMPLETELY to blame for this horrible tragedy.
Tetsujin  +   1130d ago
Anymore it's a publicity stunt for the NRA; like you said irresponsible owners at fault, yet they need something to blame to take the heat off the real issue.
Bigpappy  +   1130d ago
"president of the NRA"? He is no president. He is the leader of the U.S gun clan.

I can't recall any video games being found at the seen of the crime. They found a crazy young man with his mom's 3 automatic weapons. The 'Bush Master' had 30 round clips and some of those kids had their bodies ripped apart by up to seven bullets. So the answers is obviously: destroy video games and give everyone for of these harmless guns. If the kids had their own 'Bush Masters', they would have been able to take on this guy, who kill they because the thought he was playing Call Of Duty. If that sounds completely stupid to you, it is because... it is! But this is what the NRA is trying to argue.
SilentNegotiator  +   1130d ago
"If the kids had their own 'Bush Masters', they would have been able to take on this guy"

Stop with the "NRA thinks the kids should have had guns" crap. The idea of teachers having the option to carry does not make them "Rambo" and having armed guards on campus (an already frequent practice with police in HS and Universities) doesn't make it a "police state" or mean that we will have "armed guards on every street"

I don't like the NRA or their statements about games any more than you, but STOP WITH THESE STUPID TROPES!! We will never get anywhere in this debate with people mocking everything.

Having military on campus was a ridiculous suggestion, but having an officer stationed where we send ALL of our children for 7 hours a day with TAX dollars isn't a bad idea. Having "all" teachers carry (I'm not even sure this was an NRA suggestion and not another trope exaggeration) is stupid because it entails training and teachers being forced to carry, but letting teachers have the option to protect themselves where otherwise neat little gun-free zones exist (AKA Target ranges for deranged killers, gun wielding or not) isn't any more crazy than letting people have the option to own a weapon for protection anywhere else.

You could make gun ownership more difficult, but that wouldn't have stopped Sandy Hook - he stole the weapon. You could take away all guns...if you're delusional and ignore the fact that taking all those millions of guns would be near impossible and leave only the criminals holding out. You can register weapons and bullets will still be untraceable. You make bullets really expensive and people will cast their own. You can ban "assault" rifles and handguns will still be semi-automatic. You can ban semi-automatic weapons and people will use devices that make them essentially semi-automatic. You can make gun clips smaller and people who go on rampages will still wear clips of ammo.

We NEED a comprehensive, forward approach to mental health. I remember back in school they tested us to try to improve our scores and gain more funding, they tested us for athleticism and rewarded students academically for it, they tested for basic mental health and pushed for social wait, they didn't do those last two things at all. Makes schools less about funding so that they can fix real problems.
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Enemy  +   1130d ago
Have they even confirmed that he was a gamer? Let's ignore the real problem here (obsession with real guns, extreme anti-social behavior) and take the easy way out by blaming games because unrealistic video games emulate reality!
Summons75  +   1130d ago
I saw twitards fight outside of a twilight movie once...should we burn books because they clearly cause violence???
SilentNegotiator  +   1130d ago
Burn Twilight books? Sir, you are not making a strong case against the idea.

Gamer-Z  +   1130d ago
I wonder if it was the game that placed those guns in his hands and taught him how to shoot with accuracy oh wait that's not possible because its a game.
ATi_Elite  +   1130d ago
Stop Scapegoating Video Games!
Some Stupid parent let her Mentally Challenged kid have easy access to her 30 round clip semi automatic AR-15 bushmaster!

......BUT you got these lunatic NRA folks out there burning video Games. I'm surprised those Yahoos weren't shooting in the air, drinking moonshine, and dancing a jig while barefooted!

The NRA needs to say "The parent was wrong about proper gun safety of her weapons, nothing more nothing less!

Also Mental Illness in this country needs to be properly address and kids shouldn't make fun of those with mental illnesses cause they will SNAP!

I don't remember Adolf Hitler playing video Games and how many people did kill?

Stop Scapegoating Video Games!
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1130d ago
TB opened my eyes about the scum media..

I knew they were money grubbing scum but this is an all time low..
Enemy  +   1130d ago
Bubbles, Money. That was perfect.
SolidDuck  +   1130d ago
It's just stupid people. If they didn't blame video games, then it would be movies, tv, or books. Instead of blaming the real things responsible. It's the easy ignorant way.
matt1991  +   1130d ago
atleast there deals are better then gamestops.
ceballos77mx  +   1130d ago
Finally a way to get rid of all those Duke nukem forever discs.
RAVEN81  +   1130d ago
ok NRA blame video games, why dont you take the blame and stop blaming everyone and thing instead . change your laws US and save yourself .
TukkerIntensity  +   1130d ago
They won't do it - they think the right to carry weapons designed for the sole purpose of murdering people (that is 100% what hand guns and assault rifles are designed for) is more important than the safety of people/children. Rights>Lives.
FragMnTagM  +   1130d ago
I hope they get fined for pollution when/if they do so. Burning plastic is not good.

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