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    Re: Aaron Alexis: Washington navy yard gunman obsessed with violent video games.

    Quote Originally Posted by JayDubya View Post
    Did he also own a phone and use it to call people?

    Clearly the signals from that cell phone warped his brain and made him kill. Ban cell phones!

    I haven't seen where a single person has called for banning anything. But one does wonder why the MORBID fascination with such violence.

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    Re: Aaron Alexis: Washington navy yard gunman obsessed with violent video games.

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    I don't know Dr. Freud, it seems the evidence doesn't support your theory. A common thread has been emerging for some time.
    Correlation doesn't equal causation. It's just or more likely that violent individuals gravitate towards violent media as a way to act out their aggression.

    I'm not sure how the idea that violent games cause violent action meshes with the fact that juvenile violent crime is at a 30 year low.
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    Re: Aaron Alexis: Washington navy yard gunman obsessed with violent video games.

    Sooner or later the correlation between psychotropic drugs, violent video games and mass shootings will be TOO obvious to dismiss. At this point, many are still in denial though.

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    Re: Aaron Alexis: Washington navy yard gunman obsessed with violent video games.

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Like I said, not that this has anything to do with anything. That said, have you seen any of these videos? There's something troubling that "millions of people enjoy them"
    I agree its a poor reflection on western culture that we enjoy these violent games but I guess you could argue that society has enjoyed simulated violence in some fashion for thousands of years. From the Romans, the violent plays and stories from writers like Shakesphere, boxing, wrestling etc.
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    Re: Aaron Alexis: Washington navy yard gunman obsessed with violent video games.

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    I agree its a poor reflection on western culture that we enjoy these violent games but I guess you could argue that society has enjoyed simulated violence in some fashion for thousands of years. From the Romans, the violent plays and stories from writers like Shakesphere, boxing, wrestling etc.
    Yes, that is true. I do believe it is a particular segment of society at any given time that "enjoys" such misery and sufferings, of others of course.

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    Re: Aaron Alexis: Washington navy yard gunman obsessed with violent video games.

    I don't get it.

    If playing Madden NFL 25 doesn't make me a Football player,

    and playing Avengers: Initiative doesn't make me a Marvel Hero,

    what makes you think playing a FPS is going to make me a real shooter?
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    Re: Aaron Alexis: Washington navy yard gunman obsessed with violent video games.

    Too many people are trying to draw explicit conclusions from the fact that two prevailing commonalities in these mass shootings of late include the use of psychotropic drugs and violent video games. It is however remarkable.

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    Re: Aaron Alexis: Washington navy yard gunman obsessed with violent video games.

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Sooner or later the correlation between psychotropic drugs, violent video games and mass shootings will be TOO obvious to dismiss. At this point, many are still in denial though.
    If you banned violent video games tomorrow the future mass shooters would gravitate towards something else that would meet their needs to act out their fantasies.
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    Re: Aaron Alexis: Washington navy yard gunman obsessed with violent video games.

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    Correlation doesn't equal causation. It's just or more likely that violent individuals gravitate towards violent media as a way to act out their aggression.

    I'm not sure how the idea that violent games cause violent action meshes with the fact that juvenile violent crime is at a 30 year low.
    Well, I'd think it meshes when it's reported that many of the shooters have had fixations on violent video games. The correlation to juvenile crime rates is what doesn't mesh.

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    Re: Aaron Alexis: Washington navy yard gunman obsessed with violent video games.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    I don't get it.

    If playing Madden NFL 25 doesn't make me a Football player,

    and playing Avengers: Initiative doesn't make me a Marvel Hero,

    what makes you think playing a FPS is going to make me a real shooter?
    Because it take the conversation away from the fact that yet another mentally deranged person bought an AR and went on a shooting spree.
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