Wow. In the wake of what happened in Newtown last week, the softheadedness of some senators and other politicians is really coming to light. Seriously, I just heard the topic of banning violent video games brought up because of that shooting. Are you effing kidding me? This again?
I'm not saying that violent video games are appropriate for all ages. They're not. If your child is playing violent video games, you're not doing a very good job as a parent. Your child should not be playing violent video games, but not because they're going to turn said child into a mass killer. They shouldn't be playing them because it's inappropriate for children at a younger age to be exposed to that much violence. But that's the job for the parents to regulate and not the government.
But all of that aside, do we even know if this guy even played video games? I don't know that we do! So now we're just throwing things out there and claiming that they're bad and hoping that they stick? How asinine is that? What in the world do video games have to do with an obviously crazy person killing a bunch of small children? Absolutely NOTHING. Once again, that correlation was NOTHING.
All of this is just starting to aggravate me. Nothing is going to change. No one is talking about anything with any substance. (I've had time to explore the assault weapons ban law that Dianne Feinstein wants to have enacted. It's so laughable that I'm going to have to dedicate an entire post to it tomorrow in order to fully mock its ridiculous contents. You're going to want to stay tuned for that one.) And now we're back to the video games discussion. Unbelievable. I've asked this question before and I guess I'm going to have to ask it again. If violent video games produce violent individuals, then shouldn't other video games produce individuals that are a reflection of those games? For instance, shouldn't we have millions and millions of farmers running around this country because of the high number of folks who are playing Farmville? I'd also like to point out that video games are not exclusive to the United States. There are people playing violent video games all over the planet and yet, we don't hear other idiotic lawmakers from foreign lands talking about banning them because people are shooting other people on random occasions. If the video games were actually a problem, I would expect to see this sort of behavior all over the place and not just concentrated in one area. But don't tell Sen. Joe Lieberman or Gov. John Hickenlooper that. It'll ruin their entire day.