Texas lieutenant governor suggests violent video games, abortion show 'devalued life,

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Texas lieutenant governor suggests violent video games, abortion show 'devalued life,' bear part of blame for gun violence
By Quinn Scanlan

"The Texas lieutenant governor, speaking two days after 10 people were killed in a school shooting in his state, said abortion, divorce and violent video games and movies show that 'we have devalued life,' which he pointed to as a cause of school shootings."
"Guttenberg, who since his daughter's murder has become a gun control activist, slammed Patrick’s remarks as “the most idiotic comments I've heard regarding gun safety.”
“Let me be clear,” Guttenberg said. “He should be removed from office for his failure to want to protect the citizens of Texas. To hear him continue to make the argument after 10 people died in his state that guns are not the issue is simply a crock.”






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Who does Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas think he's kidding? He's showing that he's more in favor of his right-wing constituency who are married to guns than in saving lives and doing something truly constructive to enact strong gun control legislation in his state. What Patrick says is nothing more than calculated talking points designed to make it appear that guns are o.k. although they are used to kill innocent school children time and time and again. Mr. Guttenberg is right. It's sad that Patrick continues to blame everything else under the sun except the real culprit: Guns.
 
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Most western nations have the same circumstances this clown denounces, but they do not share the gun problem. However, they do have sane gun laws in place as a common denominator.
 
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There is damn good argument that our entire child raising technique is WRONG.

The adage " it takes a village to raise a child " is correct. In that scenario, no child is left behind, all adults have authority.
We now have one immature parent raising a hateful child.
 
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Texas lieutenant governor suggests violent video games, abortion show 'devalued life,' bear part of blame for gun violence
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Who does Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas think he's kidding? He's showing that he's more in favor of his right-wing constituency who are married to guns than in saving lives and doing something truly constructive to enact strong gun control legislation in his state. What Patrick says is nothing more than calculated talking points designed to make it appear that guns are o.k. although they are used to kill innocent school children time and time and again. Mr. Guttenberg is right. It's sad that Patrick continues to blame everything else under the sun except the real culprit: Guns.
I say the idea that health care is a privilege purchased with money, and not a right devalues life.
 
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I say the idea that health care is a privilege purchased with money, and not a right devalues life.
Amen.

Funny - I saw the Texas Governor on TV after this shooting and he appeared compassionate, professional and motivated to do better. How’d he get this dingus as a deputy?
 
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Texas lieutenant governor suggests violent video games, abortion show 'devalued life,' bear part of blame for gun violence
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Who does Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas think he's kidding? He's showing that he's more in favor of his right-wing constituency who are married to guns than in saving lives and doing something truly constructive to enact strong gun control legislation in his state. What Patrick says is nothing more than calculated talking points designed to make it appear that guns are o.k. although they are used to kill innocent school children time and time and again. Mr. Guttenberg is right. It's sad that Patrick continues to blame everything else under the sun except the real culprit: Guns.
This is one of those areas where an international perspective can serve as a reality check. The fact is, abortion is legal in nearly every single wealthy nation... and often more available than in the US, since in many countries it's covered by the national health service or is mandated to be covered by insurance. So, given that they all have much less gun violence than us, abortion is not a plausible explanation. Similarly, within the US, places with less of a stigma around abortion, like New England, tend to have less gun violence than states where the stigma is stronger, as in the Deep South. Again, that's inconsistent with the idea that abortion somehow devalues life and results in more gun violence.

Just to take a specific example, consider Mississippi, with the lowest abortion rate in the country (4) and compare with my own state of Massachusetts, which makes the top ten for abortion (at a rate of 14). If the idea that abortion devalues life and drives gun violence were solid, you'd expect a lot more gun violence in Massachusetts than Mississippi. In reality, the firearm death rate in Massachusetts is 3.4, versus 19.9 in Mississippi.

Similarly, the suggestion that violent video games drive real-world violence has a couple huge, glaring issues. First, the rise of the first-person-shooter exactly coincides with the fall in murder rates in this country (with hits like Doom showing up just as the long-standing rise in violent crime gave way to decades of decline, until rates were half what they had been). If anything, that looks like violent video games are providing a harmless outlet for violent impulses, reducing real-world violence.

Second, video games are popular all over the world, and the same basic games are popular in most of those. It's not like Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia are playing Mario while only the US plays the violent stuff. For example, the first major PUBG tournament is going to be in Berlin -- which is partly a recognition of its wild popularity in the country, where it has about the same per-capita fan base as the US. PUBG, if you don't know, is a "battle royale" game, where 100 players are dropped on an island where they forage for weapons and then kill each other, one by one (typically with military-style automatic rifles), until only one player is left alive, who is declared the winner. It's about as realistic and brutal as video game violence gets.
Germans love such games, yet in real life, they have a murder rate about one-sixth what we have here. If violent video games have the magical ability to create real-world violence, why does it only seem to be happening in the US?
 
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Exactly. Any person serious about searching for the "X-factor" that makes the US so much different from other developed nations, when it comes to violence, needs to get serious about doing comparisons -- comparisons among various leading nations, as you suggest, and also comparisons within the US. There are huge differences between the US and other leading nations, when it comes to gun availability, which track fairly well with the violence problem, but you won't find similar big differences in video game availability or abortion availability.
 
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Amen.

Funny - I saw the Texas Governor on TV after this shooting and he appeared compassionate, professional and motivated to do better. How’d he get this dingus as a deputy?
Don't let him fool you. It's a birds of a feather situation.
 

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Texas lieutenant governor suggests violent video games, abortion show 'devalued life,' bear part of blame for gun violence
By Quinn Scanlan











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Who does Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas think he's kidding? He's showing that he's more in favor of his right-wing constituency who are married to guns than in saving lives and doing something truly constructive to enact strong gun control legislation in his state. What Patrick says is nothing more than calculated talking points designed to make it appear that guns are o.k. although they are used to kill innocent school children time and time and again. Mr. Guttenberg is right. It's sad that Patrick continues to blame everything else under the sun except the real culprit: Guns.




You were sold on the idea by the very same media that glorifies violence that it has no effect on people.


You believe it without question.


begs the question:

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/playing-war-how-the-military-uses-video-games/280486/
How the US military is using 'violent, chaotic, beautiful' video games to train soldiers
https://www.pcworld.com/article/154400/army_fund_games.html



50 million dumped into video games by the army alone. Why would they do that if they have no effect?


He did miss the biggest reason, Psychoactive drugs with side effects of "suicidal thoughts" and "homicidal ideations".


are you now for the banning, btw of revolvers and shotguns?