On MSNBC today, U.S. senator Lamar Alexander (a Tennessee Republican) set a new benchmark for insanity by claiming that games are worse than guns.
Games don't kill people ,guns kill people.
Guns don't kill people, people kill people. WTF is wrong with people anyway?
But guns make people killing people so much easier. On topic. I can't decide what this guy really saying because he says video games are worse than guns because they effect people not guns and that really doesn't make sense. Give someone a loaded gun. They will get a weird power sensation with it which they may like or not like. Either way this clip make him seem stupid
Ah sure anyone can go on a killing spree with Blu ray disks/ I hope no one suggests I need to put Sarcasm font around that statement.
So do knives and other things. Most crimes are committed with handguns anyways, and there's no legislation right now from anyone to ban handguns, only assault rifles (which aren't really assault rifles, they just call them that).
I dont really care about whats going on in the US, I only hope those idiots dont interrupt games development and distribution
Cameras don't take pictures, pictures take pictures.
@ iamsuperman, Video games also provide desensitization to violence and gore, which also make killing easier.
@ Jobesy "Video games also provide desensitization to violence and gore, which also make killing easier." You are what is wrong with the world.
Selling guns that is wrong. Ban the guns Senator and don't blame the games. You stupid politics can ban drugs why don't ban guns?
He plays games like GTA, Dead Space, and CoD on a regular basis to come up with his conclusion.... Oh wait, he supports the NRA and is probably a Republican...
Guns don't kill people bullets do
@Sarcasm Don't you mean people take pictures? @Chris558 Guns, knives, bullets, etc don't kill people. Wounds made from those objects kill people.
@Red_Orange_Juice You should care about what our lawmakers are doing when it comes to games. The US is a big enough market that if violent games were suddenly banned it would have ramifications for gaming around the world. Same for if it happened in the EU, whose overall market is close to the same as the US. If this kind of thing was happening there, then it would have my attention. On the positive side, this demonizing of video games is just misdirection to turn people attention away from the real issues.
@Jobesy I disagree, but imo war games do desensitize people towards war. War games such as BF and CoD ( as much as I like to play them ) glorify war and in a way brain wash people to make them go to war.
I agree. Games are as dangerous as guns...neither are unless in the hands of a nutcase or criminal. Difference is that games cant be used to defend yourself from criminals. If u look at all the highest instances of gun violence, it is in gun free zones. Why is this? And yeah, i am sure games, just like movies and books can have negative consequences on certain ppl or underage children. Unfortunately when you attack guns, gun supporters are gonna point fingers everywhere else. For some reason, neither side can have an honest discussion.
Very true. Its kinda interesting how they want to ban certain guns because they have attachments that make them look like other gunswhen in reality they are no different than most handguns. I wont deny the fact that games have desensitized us to violence. But for some strange reason this desensitization doesnt change how normal ppl react to violence or violent situations. It may have an affect on children but they shouldnt be playing them. Also, why do only games get blamed? Oh, because they arent donating millions to candidates...yet.
@NukaCola "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." You've made it abundantly clear for our genius senator. Next he'll try & ban people.
Problem is that ppl gettin more stupid every year...
This is just another NRA mouthpiece. This whole nonsensical fear mongering rhetoric from these bought and paid for politicians is nauseating. It has nothing to do with movies, music, video games and everything to do with the breakdown of our social structure in this nation and how easy it is to obtain a firearm. Dozens of other countries have all the media listed above and they are not having 30K people a year taken by gun violence. We need common sense gun laws in this nation. It won't stop these mass murders but it will lessen their frequency and numbers of people killed during them. The right to bear arms is not the right to bear ANY arm. All amendments have restrictions and limitations. The NRA and extremist need to realize that. Nobody needs a high capacity magazine or clip that can fire off 30+ rounds in a matter of seconds to defend their home. This nonsensical rhetoric has to stop so real solutions can take place. Stop pointing the finger at talking points and pass laws that will help curtail violence. Keep your hands off of my GAMES or I'm going to go postal. /s
I thought Alex Jones had perfectly cleared that stupid gun debate.
" Either way this clip make him seem stupid " A typical US politician now. Too many of them in Washington. They're ruining this country.
1.1.6 Hey JOBESY That's why the first time I ever fired a gun (hunting with a friend, I am Canadian) It was a shotgun and it took like a minute just to prepare myself and even then it was WAY more intense than I had ever expected. My ears were ringing from it and I am not a small guy firing a big gun... So you're saying that CoD can provide the same experience therefore allowing me to go on a rampage and kill a bunch of people with guns which I have little to no experience with? GOD DAMMIT people. I am so sick of hearing all of this stuff going on in the states because it will have direct effects on our country as well. Everything you guys do influences us and we have to hear about it all the time.
Games don't enable someone to kill somebody. Pulling the trigger of a gun does. Unless you try to gouge someone's eyes out with the game case, I guess.
Coke dealers don't snort coke... senators do. But he snorted way too much this time.
ahh yes because 11'000 people are annually killed because of video games, this guy is spot on
You can break a game disk and make it sharp to slit someone throat and that way a game can kill a person.
The reason why I said politicians are looking to be recognised and the trend is what they follow. This guy should be fired for wearing glasses alone lol... sarcasm. Really? It takes a deggree in law to comprehend that video games its what killing people today lol... Look at me Im a US senator from tenesse and I say end video games cause I know its whats killing you. Reason why the senate cant past a bill its because we have morons running them, example? USA senator from tenesse.
http://www.youtube.com/watc... Nuff said... Breaks down the argument. More guns = more people killed by guns.
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And people have nothing to do with it right?
These old senators are really out of touch... Someone please get them out of there and replace them with competent ones.
I believe some of the senators in our government worship Satan. Just look at them, that has to be it.
There would be nothing wrong with that if they actually chose to. The spouting of stupid things like this are problem however.
By "this" I meant "what Mr. Senator said" not "what you said" if there was any confusion at all.
Worshippng Satan would probably make them better people. Afterall, he never killed anyone and believed in free thinking.
if you think he is old then you have to look at khalifa in Bahrain . he is the oldest prime minister in the world XD ..
@ Snookies12 Agreed. Have a look at this article: http://www.presstv.ir/usdet... From the day the Sandyhook tragedy took place to the 18th of January (1 month) more than 1,000 people were killed by gunfire in the US. Here are a couple more quotes from this article: "In one year on average, almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun." "The U.S. averages 87 gun deaths each day as a function of gun violence, with an average of 183 injured, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Centers for Disease Control. The crime lab’s research estimates the annual cost of gun violence to society at $100 billion." "Over a million people have been killed with guns in the United States since 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated." "Among 23 populous, high-income countries, 80% of all firearm deaths occurred in the United States." "The slaughter of children by gunfire in the United States is 25 times the rate of the 20 next largest industrial countries in the world combined." Those are some absolutely shocking statistics, especially that last one. Yeah, video games are a bigger problem than guns. SMH.
This kind of just proves they use Video Games as an excuse instead of talking about how crap their gun laws are. "We don't want to change them, we don't want the blame to be on us for making them in the first place....lets blame video games instead"
Senators are responsible for more deaths than video games, so maybe we should ban them, along with all the lobbyists. Then maybe some sensible laws could be passed without pandering to the special interest groups with deep pockets.
"The US government is the biggest problem" says n4g user, SignifiedSix.
I have literally never heard something so retarded. The only way a game can kill someone, assuming there's no mental disorder that causes influence, is to take the actual game disc, case, or console and beat someone to death with it. It's people like this that are the problem.
I'm off to rob a bank now, got me some steel case edition games to the effect of DmC4 and Yakuza 4. If anyone messes with me they gonna get killed by my games yo!
It's simple really Guns are a much bigger business and these So called senators benefit a lot from big Gun making company's.
No normal healthy person has ever played a game and thought to themselves. "Sure do feel like killing today."
Makes sense for him to say this though. He needs that gun lobby money.
Well, that's alright I guess. Pull all development studios from the USA and move them to Europe or something. If the US don't want the HUGE profits from the videogame industry, others will gladly take it. Keep your automatic rifles and play around with that while banning videogames. Just like China (concerning the ban).
Books are an even bigger problem. In the course of history, books have been responsible for the deaths of millions. Books can breed hatred, can be used for propaganda and have led to numerous wars (mostly religious ones), I think reading should be banned and the act of writing should be punished by death. As a matter of fact, why stop there, why not simply put a ban on every form of expression, like drawing, singing and talking, as all of these could possibly lead a weak-minded or mentally ill person to commit a crime.
Yep. Videogames are the problem. That's why all countries with access to violent videogames and media are all so violent. Oh, wait a second... This is no different than when I was a kid and D&D was apparently making us all Satanic, suicidal killers. Or it was heavy metal. Before that it was comic books corrupting our youth. Or Bugs Bunny. Seriously, what popular culture hasn't been a scapegoat at some point for real, societal issues?
This is all just a huge ploy to distract people from gun laws. I mean come on. Why are they INSISTING that games are the problem? The problem is people, mental people, that need to dealt with. This is why I hate politics.
Senators are a bigger risk to mankind.
Parenting is bigger than both.......
I thought parenting was extinct.
I'm surprised it's still around after how special-interest groups and their government lackeys ran it to the ground.
Ah, it's Lamar Alexander. That tells me everything I need to know. This moron gives Tennesseans everywhere a bad name.
I'm gonna get stoned, grab a bag of Doritos and play Mario Kart. ...there will be no survivors.
Anything to avoid talking about guns. Blame everything and everyone but not the guns
I wonder how much the check the NRA gave him to say this was for.
There's nothing I could really add that other people haven't already said themselves. As obnoxious as trolls and console/pc wars are, I think it speaks volumes of how ignorant some people are when every person here, in this sometimes volatile community* is in agreement.
stopped reading after 'Tennessee Republican'.
There are no guns in my country . so no one kill each other like in your countries . the only ones that hold guns are mercenaries, royal family. so they are the ones that killing people . we also raised to help each other. raised for cause and this cause makes us avoid doing these bad things and if someone do them he get punished. You see. selling guns to people is the reason for chaos. it's not protection keeping guns in your house . it's the opposite thing. the only people that should hold weapons are the army . of cours army must be real citizen controlled by real leader that care about the people of the country not selfish reasons or by Fanatics ..etc i am a muslim but i dont mind someone with another religion be a leader in my country as long as he care about people and be fair with them to evolve the country instead of surviving. in my point of view games have nothing to do with violence. it's we the people who do it . almost everything need to be in middle . if we do something too much then normal without open mind then we will have bad effect ..
Well...it's good to know that we in the UK, haven't cornered the market for dips**t politicians . God help us all.
Your dipshits are charming compared to the ones in the US.
so its crazy 2 think he'd feel safer at a gun show than at e3.lol not sayin ne1 at a gun show would go on a spree but what if a gun went off just seems more likely than him goin 2 a gamin show then a gamer goin crazy we'd be 2 busy droolin over games & arguin which system is better.lol
That happened here in NC in Charlotte just a couple weekends ago. Someone brought a loaded gun to the show and accidentally shot himself. http://www.charlotteobserve... Notice the last line where it said it was one of three accidental shootings at gun shows for that weekend.
dang thats crazy i was just kiddin around i mean i believed it was possible but dang...good thing i didnt joke about any video game char. pullin a last action hero & comin out of a game...on 2nd thought i could see that happenin, fingers crossed man i hope its Tali or Liara what can i say i wanna make it wit an alien chick i watched 2 much star trek.lol
"I think Video games is a bigger problem than guns because video games affect people." And guns don't? Well we better start arming are troops with video games then.
America is f*cked up
Only some of us are. It doesn't help that our elected officials don't really represent us in the best way.
It also speaks volumes about us because we are the ones that put them there.
Maybe I'm in the minority on this one, but I don't think either of those are problems. I love my guns AND I love my games. And I'm not willing to give up either of them no matter what any politician says. I'd even go so far as to dare these idiots to try to take them away from me. That would be a very interesting day...