Hey, United States of America, we need to talk. First off, I’m not a fan of talking politics on this site. There are plenty of sites that do that kind of thing. Unfortunately, politics has come knocking. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza slaughtered 26 people, 20 of them children, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Anger and sadness are perfectly natural emotions to be feeling, a burning desire to radically reorganize society where no one will ever be murdered again, is not.
Currently, in this country, there is a debate not only on gun control, but also video games. Yesterday, the President unveiled a 23 point plan that involves spending $10 million on a study on the effects of gun violence in society, specifically in violent media such as video games. In Missouri, lawmakers have proposed a 1% tax on games rated “T” or above. And rated they shall be, if Congress passes new legislation that forces companies to get games rated (currently a voluntary system).
Let’s get a few things straight, starting with this video concerning violent crimes in our society:
The sources for that video can be found at Reason.tv. Let’s do a quick study right now. Keep in mind, Reason pointed out that violent crime has decreased since the 1990’s:
Graphic realism in games has only increased in the past 20 years, yet crime is down. So, even if President Obama’s study can prove a link between violent media and actual violence, something no other study in violent media has been able to do, then what? Follow Missouri’s example and tax them? Where does that end? Tax violent movies? What about violent TV shows? There are plenty of violent books, yet we have no rating system for books. Well, we’ll just judge books on a case by case basis. Quick, get the Ministry of Truth on it!
America, you are on a scary path right now. A path that has historically ended badly. Our society faces a choice, regress into an aristocracy, where a ruling elite dictate to the little people, or self regulate, strive to become better people and help our friends and family. Crazy people will continue to be crazy.
In 1966, Charles Whitman walked to the top of a tower in Austin, Texas with a cache of guns and killed 14 people. 1966, probably didn’t learn sniping from Halo. In 1927, Andrew Kehoe detonated a bomb at a school in Bath Township, Michigan, killing 43 people, 38 of them children. 1927, 56 years before Bomberman was released. In 1892, it is widely speculated that, Lizzie Borden hacked her father and stepmother to death with an axe, creating a scene of ghoulish slaughter. 1892, Mortal Kombat? I think not.