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  •  My three twenty-something sons play video games (4+ / 0-)

    and have played since they were about 9 or 10 starting with Mario.  Over the years, I have had a love/hate relationship with video games--I know all the cons and I also know the pros.  I have seen firsthand the way video games can help people to blow off steam and that, in my opinion, is one of the best arguments in favor of video games ...

    My sons know the difference between virtual/gaming reality and reality.  We don't own guns.  Never saw the need to own guns and frankly, guns give me the willies.  Why would I want to be around anything which causes so much death and destruction to living things? But that's just how I feel.  I know there are plenty of people who feel the need to have a warm gun around.  

    I am not worried that my sons will play Halo, or Call of Duty or some other 1st person shooter game and then go out and try to re-create the gaming scenario in the real world.  I am not worried that any other gamer will do that either.    I cannot imagine why an idiot like Lieberman is permitted to dictate the terms of the conversation.  There is no evidence that this shooter was a gamer--so far as I have heard --so why are gamers part of the post-Newtown conversation?  

    Unlike so many people who battle mental illness, this shooter was in a socio-economic class in which he had access to mental health care.  So far as I can tell, his parents were well off enough.  There are many people and families who deal with mental illness or emotional issues and they don't go out and kill 27 people--or even one person.  

    Why is it that all of a sudden, people with mental illnesses are all stigmatized as being a potential shooter?  You can bet the NRA leaders are busy encouraging their supporters to put that idea out there.

    I know and love people who struggle with mental illness and one thing I know is that they are self aware and face the struggle as best they can.  Owners of Bushmasters seem much less self aware and much less aware of the danger their guns pose to the rest of us.

    I cannot understand it.  This horrific crime was caused by a young man who got hold of his mother's guns, purchased legally by her, killed her, and then went on a rampage.  But for the fact that his mother owned a Bushmaster (and why anyone would want a Bushmaster I can't imagine) the precious children and their brave teachers would be alive today.  Period.

    Why isn't everyone who owns a Bushmaster lining up to get rid of them if by doing so, one little six year old has a chance to grow up?  Look at the pictures of these beautiful wonderful children and tell me your Bushmaster or whateverotherassaultweapon you own is more important than their lives.  

    For me, that is the first question.  I don't know that there is ever a way to completely secure one's guns if someone else is determined to get hold of them.  

    But nobody ever killed anyone using a video game.  

    If I had my way, I would repeal the 2nd Amendment. Since I can't have my way, I support a ban on all assault weapons. Now!

    by Tchrldy on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:50:50 AM PST

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