Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Love the Sin, Hate the Simulation

In the wake of the flurry of recent gun massacres in this country, an Illinois politician has suggested that we not rush to ban guns, but rather look at violent video games and movies.

A DeKalb-area state lawmaker is urging colleagues not to rush "knee-jerk" gun control legislation in response to the horrific shootings at NIU, saying the incident is symptomatic of far greater societal problems.

"That (gun control) doesn't seem to impact the kind of gun violence that goes on," said state Rep. Robert Pritchard, a Hinkley Republican whose district includes the Northern Illinois University campus.

"I think we need to broaden the discussion to include what other factors are weighing on these kind of deranged individuals," Pritchard said. "I think video games is a part of the problem, television, movies. Just a whole culture of violence." |Politician Urges Restraint on Gun Control - Daily Herald|

What?!?!?!

Now, I'm a total gun geek and a virtual encyclopedia of gun lore, but let's not kid ourselves, guns kill people and they do it very well.

Sure, you need someone to pull the trigger, but guns make killing damned easy. There are plenty of other lethal weapons from baseball bats to pocket knives to IED's, but few things make killing as easy as a gun.

But video games have never killed anyone.

I will grant you that violent video games in a country bubbling over with machismo and swaddled in weaponry is an explosive combination.

God bless America.

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