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    When I was a kid we simply played outside. There weren't any video games to play. I think playing outside is much healthier for kids.

    For kids in good mental health I believe the danger that the games and their resultant behavior presents isn't an issue. But, to those with mental health issues I believe the games simply place them further away from reality. I don't have anything to back this but it is an educated hunch.
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    Don't worry about some Harvard backed study to prove you're right, I agree with you. I think most people with sense would agree with this too.
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    I'd add some cautions. Having worked in the industry, I know they time the interval between "thrills" in a game -- a thrill being a tiny release of adrenalin and endorphins. Both of those can be physically addictive, even though they are self-generated. The more you get, the more you crave. While that's one thing in adults, it's another entirely in still-developing children.
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    Playing outside: cops & robbers, cowboys & Indians, playing Army, all with toy guns and other toy weapons.
    But at least playing outside provided exercise.
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    Medicine bow makes good old cmmon sense. How dare you state obvious? No PAC even funded that statement!(Sigh) o_O
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    That's why there are so many school massacres with injuries inflicted by a video game console. *dripping with sarcasm*
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    @Polusalo "Son, you live under my roof, eat my food and you'll do as I say" ...."Now, sit down and eat all you veggies" ..(Mom's are pretty much the same all over) LOL
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    @stepped_in_it

    Sad to say, my mom never said that. Left when I was young. When I started being around her more, it was more along the lines of "Now get your keys, take this money and go to the gas station to get me some cigarettes."
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    On come on now. I bet every single lunatic fringe shooter under the age of 30 grew up playing violent video games. This is not US pretending to be the lone Ranger. This is Criminals killing people and getting high scores for it. Have any of you ever actually watched or played Grand Theft Auto? The glorification of crime. The best selling game of it's time. You reap what you sow.
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    Hell I still play that one. Never once have I had the urge to do harm to a fellow human being. At least not because of playing the game.

    It is actually when I start reading some of the leftie posts here that I start getting that itch. Maybe if I bought a gun it would make me go ballistic.
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    @Canoochee There are several million people that have played that game and not gone on a rampage. People that can separate reality from fiction. Which leads us to the real problem. Someone that can't separate fact from fiction doesn't have a problem with games, they have a problem with their mental health. Where are their parents? Where is any family who supposedly care?
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    @Fishbone345 "People that can separate reality from fiction." Parts of your brain can, other parts don't.
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    @Fishbone345 Youre preaching to the choir bud. I was being sarcastic, though it never comes through on a medium like this. I no more believe violent games, movies, music, etc... leads to violent behavior.

    As far as mental health it is far past time we started institutionalizing those with issues instead of trying to force them into society.
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    @Zazziness I'm aware of the brain's functions. What I said still stands. I can go sit down right now and shoot aliens and not one part of me thinks I'm actually doing it.
    This is just an attempt to get public attention away from guns and onto another source. That 67% is hoping the Government will go after games, gamers and gaming companies rather than guns. Its a redirect, nothing more.
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    @DARSB Naw. Because I remember when I was a kid, greed was considered a vice. In fact, it was one of the seven deadly sins. "He's greedy" was not a compliment. I think it happened millions of years after the planet cooled and the "Greed is Good" 80s struck us.(Not coincidentally, that was also the "Coke is Good" era. You know -- just before lots of people started dropping from addiction and/or being thrown in jail for ethics violations.)
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    Ultra liberals are a bigger threat than guns and video games combined! But the kids can do without all three!
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    The logic must run like this: "It's not the gun, it's the person, BUT it's the video game, not the gamer."
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    I'm adding that it is up to the parent(s), as with video games, what is watched and/or played, at least to the best of their ability.
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    @GmanGSW Yep. The only regulation on games and media needs to begin and end at the parent. I don't need the government how to tell me to raise my kids. I pay attention to them.
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    @wild_turkey6
    Good for you! If they are mature enough to play, go for it. If not, you don't allow it. You seem like a responsible parent to me!- But it is NOT UP to me, like the govt is trying to tell you, almost DIRECTLY, whether or not you are raising your children "correctly," or not! You are the parent, they are your children! Equaling, I agree with you, as denoted. ;^)
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    @wild_turkey6 Good for you. However, too many irresponsible people are having kids and not looking after them. Left alone and w/o anyone to look after them they pretty much do what they want. This is why we have flash mobs assaulting people left and right.
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    I suspect that the biggest factor in gun violence is chronic stress.

    Video games might be a trigger, and guns don't really help, but long term stress makes people crazy. Literally.

    A stressed out society, like ours is currently, produces a host of negative effects, from shootings to paranoia to moral dissolution. Even many diseases.

    I'm starting to think that stress is at the root of many bad things. I also think (hope) that research into PTSD may shed some light on the problem.
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    I agree, as some people who have mental health issues will isolate and become less
    social with others. The amount of violence in movies and games is uncalled for, and
    Hollywood who is so anti-gun,(though they all have body guards with guns), makes
    money promoting violence. So hypocritical... Parents are less and less involved in their childrens lives, and kids need parental interaction. Mental illness doesn't happen over night, and whether it's 'nature or nurture'...kids and teens with too much
    time, few friends, and socially isolated with violent movies/ games is an unhealthy
    environment.
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    While I believe it's good that video games are rated, they don't really account for our violent ways. Japan love violent games just as much if not more but they don't have these massacres. There is more involved.
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    I have 2 issues with video games. The first being less active time for kids, it is a factor in childhood obesity. The second is the games tend to desensitize people. Fact and fiction need to be reiterated to kids. Some of the games in the market are incredibky graphic.
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    They're also rated accordingly just like movies are. You can't blame the videogame industry for kids playing violent videogames.
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    @John_Matrix the libs are blaming law abiding citizens for all mass shootings might not be directly but the end results are the same!!
  • #183
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    What about the rest of the violence that kills more then guns do. Why not deal with the limited number of rogue predators that either inflict the violence or lead those who do.
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    @Drake_Burrwood Good idea. But again that's only on area. Furthermore it is OUR society that causes these Individuals to go "rouge." Everyone wants to point fingers in all directions to take the blame off of ourselves.
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    And remember the heavy metal music that "made" teens kill their parents and families. Yeah, they were wrong just as they are about video games.
  • #145
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    Guns have been in households since cloonial times but untill recent years, such terrable atrosities havent been seen. So put two and two together and open ya eyes and see that SOMETHING is warping the young minds and I wonder where they get these ideas!!!!!!!!
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    I think we should ban Liberal Democrats from having guns, even the Hello Kitty bubble gun type, you know, the one they were afraid of when they called the little 5 year old girl a "terrorist"? That will solve all our problems. The Liberals can feel good that they (think) they are doing something to stop violence, and they can leave the law abiding citizens (generally Republicans) alone.
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    There go the POLITIX APPARATCHIKS again. You guys ought to work at the White House as propagandists. Talk about SLANTING A POLL. Either way one answers it, YOU AND YOUR AGENDA WIN. Guns AREN'T a source of violence, you manipulative, disingenuous lackeys. DRUGS and GANG ACTIVITY connected with DRUGS are the primary source of firearms violence; followed by drug addicts robbing banks, convenience stores, gas stations, etc. to feed their drug habit; followed by people with SERIOUS CRIMINAL RECORDS who cannot control their tempers; and in the VERY LAST PLACE are these handful of isolated, albeit horrific mass shootings by people belonging to the Democratic Party. Don't believe it? Turn to US Department of Justice Reports. Where can you find some? Google it, or go to http://assaultweaponsbanof2013.blogspot.com What did you do: Poll the Tea Party Headquarters?
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