US Senator: Video-Games Are More Dangerous Than Guns
During a discussion today on MSNBC, A Republican US Sen. Lemar Alexander of Tennessee, suggested something so outrageous that your head might literally explode. Chuck Todd, the host of the Daily Rundown, ask Sen. Alexander if he would ever support universal background checks on firearms, in wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school-shooting. His answer is so crazy that some people on the far right might think he’s demented.
“I think video games is a bigger problem than guns, because video games affect people.” Yes. That was his answer.
Clearly numerous studies have shown, at least his own interpretation, the guns have never been used to harm people and that the number one weapon used to kill an individual was someone taking a video-game CD and throwing with such force that it killed their a victim.
But let’s be realistic you here, most studies have proven that there isn’t a link between violence and violent games. There have been a few studies that suggest that video games can cause aggression in people. However the aggression was only temporary, and there hasn’t been anything conclusive that advocates that aggression will lead to somebody actually picking up a weapon, driving to wherever and killing another human being.
You know what else causes aggression, sports. If you ever have the opportunity, head to a local pee-wee or high school football game. The kids on the field are angry as you’ll ever see them. Heck, some coaches try to take that aggression inside their team and they tell the kids to use it as a tool to hit another child. Yet, when the game is over, for the most part, that aggression is completely gone. In essence, what I’m trying to say is competition always breeds aggression. It’s in our nature.
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