I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
Whenever stories like this come up people are always looking for a scapegoat whether it be guns or video games or whatever. Perhaps the kid was just mentally unstable. Perhaps there was abuse going on in the household. I think it's silly to blame inanimate objects for crap like this.
If videogames or guns were truly responsible for stuff like this these stories would occur far more often and would be far more widespread. Video games and guns don't suddenly make someone inclined to do stuff like this.
Last edited by Dr_Patrick; 02-23-09 at 10:40 AM.
Violent Video Games: Myths, Facts, and Unanswered QuestionsTwo features of video games fuel renewed interest by researchers, public policy makers, and the general public.
First, the active role required by video games is a double-edged sword. It helps educational video games be excellent teaching tools for motivational and learning process reasons. But, it also may make violent video games even more hazardous than violent television or cinema.
Second, the arrival of a new generation of ultraviolent video games beginning in the early 1990s and continuing unabated to the present resulted in large numbers of children and youths actively participating in entertainment violence that went way beyond anything available to them on television or in movies.
Recent video games reward players for killing innocent bystanders, police, and prostitutes, using a wide range of weapons including guns, knives, flame throwers, swords, baseball bats, cars, hands, and feet. Some include cut scenes (i.e., brief movie clips supposedly designed to move the story forward) of strippers. In some, the player assumes the role of hero, whereas in others the player is a criminal.
b: freedom or ability to obtain or make use of something
I can OWN something and not have access to it.
For example, If I own a car in Kentucky, and I am in Illinois, I have no access to said vehicle, but my ownership of that vehicle is still a fact.
If the parent buys the kid a gun, but puts it in a gunasafe, the kid does not have ACCESS to the gun (he does not have freedom to make use of it) even though he OWNS said gun.
Tucker Case - Tard magnet.