Re: CT elemetary school shooting; praying all my BDC friends and family are ok!
posted at 12/17/2012 12:23 PM EST
In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:
I honestly cannot imagine how someone can say "it's not the gun, it's the person" and then talk about video games as if they were the cause.
I've played "violent" video games since I was a kid. I still, from time to time, log in to a game like Quake 4 and hop around, shooting people with rockets.
I have never had the slightest desire to do that in real life.
It's the mental illness or evil in the person, not a video game, that causes this.
Outlawing guns is not a subject for pragmatic discussion, not unless the Supreme Court does a 180 on the issue. As to whether in the abstract it would work, all you have to do is look at the chart from the other thread:
I don't know how anyone in their right mind can look at figures like that and then argue that the U.S. is so vastly different from the rest of the world that tight arms control wouldn't work. Unfortunately, it's not really worth talking about because the Supreme Court would never go along with the sort of restrictions in those countries.
What the Supreme Court would probably tolerate is a ban on assault weapons, a ban on high capacity magazines, and a ban on military-grade body armor.
At last less people will die during these events.
And maybe, just maybe, some will simply not happen. This, because the shooters usually intend to commit suicide. They do not want to spend their life in jail. So, they armor up and arm themselves to the teeth to ensure that nobody with a handgun incapacitates them until they are caught by the police.
One other thing worth considering is whether we should have less privacy in the mental health arenas.
It is a tricky notion. If your psychiatrist might pass on troubling things you say to authorities, you might not seek the treatment in the first place. But if the psychiatrist (or, sayl, college professor who notices you behaving oddly) cannot say anything to anyone or do anything, then, there are missed chances to prevent this sort of thing.
There's something off with the nation's psyche. (And no, it's not a rise of atheism or "the gays", as Huckabee would have it).
It is worth keeping in mind that while this type of violence is increasing, other types of senseless violence have petered out. Lynchings. Death-by-beatings in labor protests.
And so on. So there always have been things wrong that lead people to evil and senseless violence. I'm not sure what can be done on that particular front.
I think part of what's going on is that there is no an established pattern of what you do if you are a sick twisted individual who is not incompetent, but who clearly has mental issues, and you want to kill yourself. But, you're angry at the world and have a score to settle. So what do you do? The paradigm now, apparently, is kill a bunch of innocents and then shoot yourself.
Video games didn't implant this idea. The first few mass shootings did.
I agree video games didn't create the problem but at the same time they obsessive involvement seem to be part of what is going on with an individual who is going through some type of mental break as they hed down the rabiit hole of destruction. Most likley these kids also have a history of animal torure in their background.