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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.

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mandf1277d ago (Edited 1277d ago )

Games don't kill people ,guns kill people.

NukaCola1277d ago

Guns don't kill people, people kill people.

WTF is wrong with people anyway?

iamnsuperman1277d ago (Edited 1277d 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

Irishguy951277d 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.

MAJ0R1277d 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_Juice1277d ago

I dont really care about whats going on in the US, I only hope those idiots dont interrupt games development and distribution

Sarcasm1277d ago

Cameras don't take pictures, pictures take pictures.

Jobesy1277d ago

@ iamsuperman,

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

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Old McGroin1276d ago

@ Jobesy

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

You are what is wrong with the world.

blackbeld1276d 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?

lizard812881276d ago

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...

Chris5581276d ago

Guns don't kill people bullets do

kupomogli1276d ago (Edited 1276d ago )

@Sarcasm

Don't you mean people take pictures?

@Chris558

Guns, knives, bullets, etc don't kill people. Wounds made from those objects kill people.

rainslacker1276d ago

@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.

ShabbaRanks1276d ago

@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.

joab7771276d 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.

joab7771276d 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.

xXBlondieVanHarlowXx1276d ago (Edited 1276d ago )

@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.

b_one1276d ago

Problem is that ppl gettin more stupid every year...

Boody-Bandit1276d ago (Edited 1276d 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

Commander_TK1276d ago

I thought Alex Jones had perfectly cleared that stupid gun debate.

BrianC62341276d 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.

UnholyLight1276d 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.

PopRocks3591276d 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.

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Blacktric1277d ago (Edited 1277d ago )

Coke dealers don't snort coke...

senators do.

But he snorted way too much this time.

Eyeco1276d ago

ahh yes because 11'000 people are annually killed because of video games, this guy is spot on

Moncole1276d ago

You can break a game disk and make it sharp to slit someone throat and that way a game can kill a person.

user39158001276d 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.

aftrdark211276d ago

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Nuff said... Breaks down the argument. More guns = more people killed by guns.

Axecution1276d ago

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whamlollypop71276d ago

And people have nothing to do with it right?

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Snookies121277d ago (Edited 1277d ago )

These old senators are really out of touch... Someone please get them out of there and replace them with competent ones.

TongkatAli1277d ago

I believe some of the senators in our government worship Satan. Just look at them, that has to be it.

Qrphe1276d ago

There would be nothing wrong with that if they actually chose to. The spouting of stupid things like this are problem however.

Qrphe1276d ago

By "this" I meant "what Mr. Senator said" not "what you said" if there was any confusion at all.

Pushagree1276d ago

Worshippng Satan would probably make them better people. Afterall, he never killed anyone and believed in free thinking.

SAE1277d 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 McGroin1277d ago (Edited 1277d 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.

Root1277d 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"

kneon1276d 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.

SignifiedSix1276d ago

"The US government is the biggest problem" says n4g user, SignifiedSix.

Son_Lee1277d 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.

caseh1277d 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!

TheBreezyBB1277d 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.