Video Games Don’t Kill People, Guns Do!

Since the tragedy in Connecticut, a lot of people are crying that we should do something, and I think we should do something too.  But since reports have come out that the person responsible for this tragedy enjoyed playing hours of Call of Duty in his basement, they are blaming video game culture for this.  That would be a mistake.  Study after study has shown that society has grown less violent since video games have grown in popularity.

I would point to Japan and South Korea, two countries that play a lot more video games than we do in America.  They also have strict gun laws in both countries, and significantly lower levels of violent crime than America too.

Another reason to not blame video games: The blame video game talk is coming from the NRA, or from its supporters.  Why?  Gun manufacturers, who the NRA represents, blame video games for declining sales of guns.  Just like mp3s are killing record stores, Kindle is killing bookstores, Netflix is killing video stores, free amateur porn is killing the porn industry, apparently video games are killing the gun industry.

The first four kind of make me sad. The last just makes me happy.

This week NRA President Wayne LaPierre gave a speech about their take on the Connecticut shooting.  The most obvious take on the speech is that they blame everybody but guns and gun culture on this tragedy.  They want armed guards at all schools in America, even though there were armed guards at Columbine, and Virginia Tech, and Fort Hood, and yet mass shootings happened there.  Guns in the schools is not the answer.

I will tell you my take on this: The NRA is promoting fear and hatred, as are most pro NRA politicians, and pro gun commentators in the media.  Why? Because fear and hatred leads to more gun sales.

The thing is, I was raised in Arizona, in a pro gun society.  Most gun owners are not fear and hatred types, they enjoy shooting, target practice, and legally approved hunting.  Most are very responsible, keeping guns locked in safes.  Some are not, and they are the problem.  I want to see a license and registration system set up to separate the responsible ones from the non responsible ones.  Many responsible gun owners would appreciate such a system in place, too.  The gun lobby, and its media spokespeople would not, because it would cut into new gun sales.  Fear and hatred increases sales, that is why they promote it.

Video games have reduced the interest in shooting, and target practice and hunting as recreational activities.  The people still interested already have the guns they need.  Hence the real reason the gun lobbyists hate video games.

11 thoughts on “Video Games Don’t Kill People, Guns Do!

  1. Damien (@Morteus) December 23, 2012 / 10:58 am

    Points well made and I agree. This has become a hotly debated topic here in Britain and pretty much everywhere else. While I’ve have encountered some of your countrymen citing the bill of rights and usual paranoia, I’ve seen many more with pretty much the same views as you express here. I can’t believe they’ve trotted out the old video game cliché. I would really like to think this latest tragedy would push the powers that be into making some changes. Sadly, it appears the power to effect change seems to rest in the wrong hands.

  2. norsegraphics December 23, 2012 / 10:21 pm

    I would point out that:
    -Video-games don’t kill people
    -Guns don’t kill people

    But —-> People kill people

    People without guns will use knives, axes etc to kill. We have already registration in place here, we still have low incidences of gun-shootings, and people still die. The ‘problem’ isn’t gun-registration or not. But a ) a gun-culture, and b ) low priority of psychiatry. According to the news, and don’t quote me on this – the killer in Sandy Hook was supposedly to get evaluated by the psychiatrists on behalf of his mom, and I think this triggered the shooting.

    So, the US could do two things; strengthen the gun-culture, and the psychiatric evaluation of people. The should have picked up on this guy before, and 20-30 kids would have still lived.

    One thing; we have strict gun-regulation here in Norway, and still Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 people. With the same gun-laws in the US, I doubt that the Sandy Hook-killings would have fared better, because the owner of the guns were the mother of the killer. The only way to have prevented this would be to get in the guys head before this would happen.

  3. A December 25, 2012 / 4:35 am

    I hope I see Ariane nude in a santa suit for christmas😛 merry xmas Ariane!

    • norsegraphics December 25, 2012 / 5:17 pm

      There’s the Santa Baby at DAZ3D. I rendered a winter scene here:

      God Jul 2012

      (Never mind the text)

      • SYH December 26, 2012 / 2:53 am

        I’d rather she handed out gifts than Santa this year. That man has some issues.

        Santa's Gift 2012

  4. Rick December 31, 2012 / 6:57 am

    We might differ in regard to gun control, but that won’t stop me from wishing you and yours and all your other fans a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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