California Senator Wants Fewer Guns in Games

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Oh, this is precious. She wants to impart gun control in games when people are against gun control IN THIS COUNTRY.

Ma'am, you're fighting in a fantasy world over things you don't understand. Stick with reality. The guns in gaming do not equate to the guns in real life, and have never MADE people violent. Even the real guns don't do that. They are not the devil and they don't whisper in your ear to go shoot shit up. Granted, all guns are good for IS shooting things, but they aren't the ones in charge. No tool is evil, only the will and intent. And no media can MAKE YOU have that will or intent, nor can they make you any good at using them. So, don't bother.

Games are as far from firing real guns as science fiction movies are from actually going into space, so putting a virtual gun control law would do nothing to stop shootings from happening, just like the prohibition did nothing against people drinking alcohol. Besides, video games are protected by the 1st amendment, so they cannot have laws restricting what game developers can and can't have in games without violating our right to free speech.

And I want fewer guns in real life. I wonder which is more relevant to killing people with guns?

That's so silly.. I .. I won't get defensive. I'll just nod and admire her opinion because I never heard anything like it before.

Though, it won't solve anything. Fewer guns in virtual worlds like in games will go unnoticed, let alone stop anyone from killing people in real life. You have to look at the individual's mentality, and the source of where they get their weapons from. Start there, and maybe we can get a step closer in preventing disasters.

A lot of senators or politicians think stopping a fictional source (movie, book, game, ect.) will stop violence. But, really it would just annoy people and the violence would continue. We need to look into increasing security, drills for shootings (my college started doing this), and understanding the fact criminals don't follow the law. They'll do something regardless, one way or another even if they must rely on a kitchen knife to harm someone. Besides, what if the games help people relief stress rather then encouraging people to kill? Over 200,000 daily play Black Ops II including me but I do not go harming others with a shotgun. Instead I try to rank up on the leaderboard and later do my projects for First Aid. Gamers are human beings and most in general know what's right and wrong.

To me this is like censoring porn magazines because children might get their hands on one. Kids are not even supposed to be able to play half the video games on the market in the first place because they have ratings and most businesses card people when they buy an "M" rated game.

So instead of doing something rational that would take mature material out of the hands of children, say...make selling a mature rated game to a minor a fine-able offence like they do with porn magazines, cigarettes and alcohol, they step in to censor them?

This is a weird crusade of ethics and not all about curbing gun violence.

yes her reasoning is flawed and her argument is invalid but maybe just maybe we SHOULD let her pass this law, it certainly would help drive down the obnoxiously overflowing number of mindless shooter games. not that shooters aren't fun, they are. but these days they've become a bland pile of samey crap. maybe its time to allow the law to make EA's job just a little bit harder. because seriously, fuck EA. maybe if they reduced the guns in games by law, the Triple-A industry would be forced to think of something else to do to give games a
"broader appeal"

Segafriday:
maybe its time to allow the law to make EA's job just a little bit harder. because seriously, fuck EA.

That doesn't even make sense. The only games that spring to mind from EA that you could claim it has too many guns is the Battlefield series and Medal of Honour but these two franchises have been running for years. I've seen people use many different reasons to hate EA but this takes the cake for being one of the most far-fetched.

canadamus_prime:
But we don't want fewer real guns in the hands of people now do we?

So very glad it didn't take several posts before this point was made.

Let's put fake guns on the back burner and deal with the real ones first. I promise, the first time I accidentally shoot myself in the leg while playing Halo, I'll take up the cause. Until then....it's silly.

Yea And I want Star wars fans to stop crying about the prequels that's not gonna happen either is it?

everythingbeeps:

canadamus_prime:
But we don't want fewer real guns in the hands of people now do we?

So very glad it didn't take several posts before this point was made.

Let's put fake guns on the back burner and deal with the real ones first. I promise, the first time I accidentally shoot myself in the leg while playing Halo, I'll take up the cause. Until then....it's silly.

SSJBlastoise:

Segafriday:
maybe its time to allow the law to make EA's job just a little bit harder. because seriously, fuck EA.

That doesn't even make sense. The only games that spring to mind from EA that you could claim it has too many guns is the Battlefield series and Medal of Honour but these two franchises have been running for years. I've seen people use many different reasons to hate EA but this takes the cake for being one of the most far-fetched.

ok, really? im just saying "fuck EA" as an off handed comment, first. and second. yes call of duty and medal of honour are long ruinning series. series that have long stopped being original and need to be put to bed. badly. EA does nothing but turn its games into space marine-flavoured, gun toting hoedowns. I'm saying that maybe if we passed a law banning guns in games, we wouldnt have to deal with the overflow of monotonous shooters that are saturating the market. but even then I wasn't serious about it. just saying. i really do love shooters, but there are too many shooting games out there these days.

Father Time:

endplanets:
This is some seriously depressing stuff. The government is dead in the water on background checks, but fake guns, gotta stop that shit right now.

In America we have low video game regulations and have lots of violence.
In Australia/Germany they have harsh VG regulations and low violence.
In Japan/Sweden/UK/etc they have low VG regulations and have even lower violence.

Other that hate-speech like games, VG regulation has no effect on the levels of violence in a country.

America's crime rate keeps going down. It's been decreasing since the mid 90's.

And what do you mean hate speech like games? Do you mean games that are blatantly racist but don't encourage violence? And if so where's your proof they cause violence?

I mean all of games that I know of are available online so they're just as available to British or Australian people.

Hate-speech games would be games like "Ethnic Cleansing" and "Shoot the Blacks". I don't think there are any hate-speech games that don't have you killing people, but I guess it is possible. As for hate-speech games causing violence it is considered part of the 'diet' of bigots, up there with bigoted rallies, radio shows, tattoos, revised history books and movies which is linked with hate-crime and over-reactions which result in violence. I have not seen a study where hate-speech video games are isolated though so it is a fair point on your part.

I know that violence has gone down. Specifically, violent youth crime has been going down regularly declining since the 1950 if I remember correctly. Meanwhile VG sales are rising. This is one of the more painfully obvious things that politicians should know.

I don't know about Britain, but I know that Germany and Australia have very harsh VG laws and they are not legally allowed to buy or own certain games.
http://kotaku.com/5361301/left-4-dead-2-banned-in-australia-%5Bupdate%5D

Father Time:

endplanets:
This is some seriously depressing stuff. The government is dead in the water on background checks, but fake guns, gotta stop that shit right now.

In America we have low video game regulations and have lots of violence.
In Australia/Germany they have harsh VG regulations and low violence.
In Japan/Sweden/UK/etc they have low VG regulations and have even lower violence.

Other that hate-speech like games, VG regulation has no effect on the levels of violence in a country.

America's crime rate keeps going down. It's been decreasing since the mid 90's.

And what do you mean hate speech like games? Do you mean games that are blatantly racist but don't encourage violence? And if so where's your proof they cause violence?

I mean all of games that I know of are available online so they're just as available to British or Australian people.

Scratch that last post of mine. L4D2 specifically is allowed but was censored. But other games, like Manhunt 2, are still banned.

FEichinger:
Best Regards,
Europe.

Dear Europe,

Need we remind you of mass shootings in Finland, Slovakia, and the Netherlands? The Norway attacks in 2011? The Winnenden shooting in 2009? Politicians in these countries were quick to blame violent games as well. They do not understand that the world is full of sick people. No law, no amount of mental care can prevent a psychotic individual from acquiring the tools to kill defenseless civilians.

This is not the black-and-white debate you think it is. Granted the GOP has been backwards since the Reagan administration, but they have a solid point against gun control. Believe it or not, gun related deaths and crimes are decreasing in the U.S. The party is concerned that a succession of bans will turn this trend around, not only leading to higher death rates but infringing on the rights of citizens.

The Democratic party is concerned with protecting the public and controlling assault weapons. It's a good cause, but a lost one. We do not have a practical system of keeping track of firearms in the U.S. It's likely we never will. As I said before, we are not the only country that has this problem. Educating the populace about safe, defensive firearms use is a more practical way of reducing gun related crime and deaths than trying to improve an individual's mental health.

Get off your high horse.

Best regards,
United States.

I prefer slaughtering my digital foes with gory melee weapons anyway (the spinning blade tool in Bioshock Infinite was sweet, and also the omni-blade in ME3 was a great addition) lol...

but in all seriousness, good luck ma'am.

Ha ha ha. Classic backward thinking. I wonder, how many people have been killed by pretend guns in games and real guns in real life? Yeah, thinking it will be the real guns.

Wasnt she the woman that said games are gun training simulators? But what about target shooting at a gun club, wouldnt that be considered the same? She is the reason people think americans are backward especially as she is a senator and should have more sense. Thing is its been proven that all shootings are linked to everything other than games. They are caused by mental health, jealousy, anger, bullying, racism etc no one has killed someone because they were playing a game and then it turned them into a gun toting zombie. If this was the case then there would be millions more shootings and jails would be full of dazed teenagers.

Actually, i wonder what the figure is for people who shot others but didnt play games?

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