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Video Games Are ‘A Bigger Problem Than Guns,’ Says Actual U.S. Senator

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. (Culture)

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mandf  +   842d ago
Games don't kill people ,guns kill people.
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NukaCola  +   842d ago
Guns don't kill people, people kill people.

WTF is wrong with people anyway?
iamnsuperman  +   842d ago
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
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Irishguy95  +   842d ago
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.
MAJ0R  +   842d ago
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).
Red_Orange_Juice  +   842d ago
I dont really care about whats going on in the US, I only hope those idiots dont interrupt games development and distribution
Sarcasm  +   842d ago
Cameras don't take pictures, pictures take pictures.
Jobesy  +   842d ago
@ iamsuperman,

Video games also provide desensitization to violence and gore, which also make killing easier.
edonus  +   842d ago
@ Jobsey

You clearly have never punched someone in the face or even more been punched in the face.

You could play COD for 15yrs and it wont desensitize a person to the initial shock of shooting a gun for the first time. The only way to get use to shooting a gun is shooting a gun. And thats only the first step in making a killer.
Old McGroin  +   842d ago
@ Jobesy

"Video games also provide desensitization to violence and gore, which also make killing easier."

You are what is wrong with the world.
blackbeld  +   842d ago
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?
lizard81288  +   842d ago
Let me guess
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...
Chris558  +   842d ago
Guns don't kill people bullets do
kupomogli  +   842d ago

Don't you mean people take pictures?


Guns, knives, bullets, etc don't kill people. Wounds made from those objects kill people.
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rainslacker  +   842d ago

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.
ShabbaRanks  +   841d ago

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.
joab777  +   841d ago
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.
joab777  +   841d ago
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.
"Guns don't kill people, people kill people."

You've made it abundantly clear for our genius senator.

Next he'll try & ban people.
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b_one  +   841d ago
Problem is that ppl gettin more stupid every year...
Boody-Bandit  +   841d ago
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
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Commander_TK  +   841d ago
I thought Alex Jones had perfectly cleared that stupid gun debate.
BrianC6234  +   841d ago
" Either way this clip make him seem stupid "

A typical US politician now. Too many of them in Washington. They're ruining this country.
UnholyLight  +   841d ago
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.
PopRocks359  +   841d ago
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.
Blacktric  +   842d ago
Coke dealers don't snort coke...

senators do.

But he snorted way too much this time.
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Eyeco  +   842d ago
ahh yes because 11'000 people are annually killed because of video games, this guy is spot on
Moncole  +   842d ago
You can break a game disk and make it sharp to slit someone throat and that way a game can kill a person.
user3915800  +   841d ago
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.
aftrdark21  +   841d ago

Nuff said... Breaks down the argument. More guns = more people killed by guns.
Axecution  +   841d ago
Ooooooh Caaaaanadaaaaaaa, ooour hooome and naaative laaaand... >.>
whamlollypop7  +   841d ago
And people have nothing to do with it right?
Snookies12  +   842d ago
These old senators are really out of touch... Someone please get them out of there and replace them with competent ones.
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TongkatAli  +   842d ago
I believe some of the senators in our government worship Satan. Just look at them, that has to be it.
Qrphe  +   842d ago
There would be nothing wrong with that if they actually chose to. The spouting of stupid things like this are problem however.
Qrphe  +   842d ago
By "this" I meant "what Mr. Senator said" not "what you said" if there was any confusion at all.
Pushagree  +   841d ago
Worshippng Satan would probably make them better people. Afterall, he never killed anyone and believed in free thinking.
SAE  +   842d ago
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 ..
Old McGroin  +   842d ago
@ 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.
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Root  +   842d ago
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"
kneon  +   842d ago
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.
SignifiedSix  +   842d ago
"The US government is the biggest problem" says n4g user, SignifiedSix.
Son_Lee  +   842d ago
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.
caseh  +   842d ago
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!
TheBreezyBB  +   842d ago
It's simple really Guns are a much bigger business and these So called senators benefit a lot from big Gun making company's.
thebudgetgamer  +   842d ago
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.
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JohnDread  +   842d ago
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).
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STK026  +   842d ago
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.
Anon1974  +   842d ago
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?
ApolloTheBoss  +   842d ago
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.
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RuperttheBear  +   842d ago
Senators are a bigger risk to mankind.
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   842d ago
Parenting is bigger than both.......
Hicken  +   842d ago
I thought parenting was extinct.
ShaunCameron  +   842d ago
I'm surprised it's still around after how special-interest groups and their government lackeys ran it to the ground.
Parasyte  +   842d ago
Ah, it's Lamar Alexander. That tells me everything I need to know. This moron gives Tennesseans everywhere a bad name.
ChocolateGiddyUp  +   842d ago
I'm gonna get stoned, grab a bag of Doritos and play Mario Kart.

...there will be no survivors.
smashcrashbash  +   842d ago
Anything to avoid talking about guns. Blame everything and everyone but not the guns
Ashlen  +   842d ago
I wonder how much the check the NRA gave him to say this was for.
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Heisenburger  +   842d ago
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.
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E2S  +   842d ago
stopped reading after 'Tennessee Republican'.
SAE  +   842d ago
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 ..
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fOrlOnhOpe57  +   842d ago
Well...it's good to know that we in the UK, haven't cornered the market for dips**t politicians . God help us all.
E2S  +   842d ago
Your dipshits are charming compared to the ones in the US.
Tres21  +   842d ago
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
rainslacker  +   842d ago
That happened here in NC in Charlotte just a couple weekends ago. Someone brought a loaded gun to the show and accidentally shot himself.


Notice the last line where it said it was one of three accidental shootings at gun shows for that weekend.
Tres21  +   841d ago
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
Gamer-Z  +   842d ago
"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.
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Mocat  +   842d ago
America is f*cked up
rainslacker  +   842d ago
Only some of us are. It doesn't help that our elected officials don't really represent us in the best way.
Parasyte  +   841d ago
It also speaks volumes about us because we are the ones that put them there.
gamejediben  +   842d ago
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...
Furesis  +   842d ago
they are not it's the crazy people who get their hands on the guns they are the problem and i'm pritty sure that games can't make you crazy no it must have been something in their lifes that has done the damage and there really isn't much anyone can do about it but making guns harder to get maybe would help then again there are many different ways to get a gun illegally and lets not forget that knifes, fist pritty much everything can kill a man but not as easilly as a gun so yeah that guy in the video is talking some bullshit
air1  +   842d ago
Because video games effect ppl?!


And guns effect your pay.. This guy must of sniffed that buger sugar that effected him to say something so damn dumb..

Hey old guy! How about you look into gun control and most importantly big pharma, making all these damn drugs.. You ever stop to think why all these damn drug commercials talk more about side effects than the damn cure its supposed to do!? Fvcking morons we have in office.
LukeTVNow  +   842d ago
He's running for re-election next year. Any video game fans of voting age reading this would do well to remember the senator's statement.
gamernova  +   842d ago
I think all gamers can agree that the senator is a complete idiot.
RuleofOne343  +   842d ago
The pot calling the kittle black, How sad.
StockpileTom  +   842d ago
This guy deserves a twitter bomb and possibly a google bomb too. Who wants to organize it?
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grayfoxx881  +   842d ago
No wonder Lamar Alexander made these comments. He currently has an 'A' rating from the NRA, so we already know where his loyalties lie.
Qrphe  +   842d ago
The vast majority of politician gets some form of compensation from a group with special interests that the politician WILL follow. The system is screwed.
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