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Father of Sandy Hook victim speaks before CT gun violence task force

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by StrikerPaws, Jan 28, 2013.

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  1. benEzra

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    The problem with that theory is that youth violence began a long and steady decline around the time Mortal Kombat came out, and is now much lower than it was years ago, so obviously factors other than exposure to violence in media are at work.

    It also directly attacks and alienates some of the most pro-gun demographic out there, e.g. people under 45 who are gamers. Obsession with gun control is, contrary to what some might expect, much more prevalent among the 50-and-over set, who grew up in the walnut-and-steel, hunting-focused era. If you start trashing gamers, you are talking about a lot of people on this board, including me. Such divisiveness does no good, IMO. And Feinstein and her ilk would be only too happy to go after Call of Duty and whatnot, anyway; they would welcome your support.

    Having said that, I think pointing out the hypocrisy of studios who decry responsible civilian gun ownership while profiting from movies that glorify gun misuse is probably apropos. But the last thing we need is to be seen advocating a new Tipper Gore style fatwa.
     
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    Well he pretty much hit the nail on the head with that one.

    I read an article recently that detailed how kids with high "self esteem" that is founded on a system of blubbering parents and teachers who faun over everything a kid does, both bad and good, are hitting the wall in college and are totally baffled that their professors expect them to actually perform. The author made a strong case that the single largest ticket to success was not self esteem, but self control. So I'll count that as my contribution to the discussion about "kids these days".

    As for violence on TV... we ditched ours 15 years ago. Did so b4 we even had kids, but it's been the single most influential parenting decision we ever made.

    And after seeing my nephew's brain turned to vegetative mush rotting away in front of a game console, I vowed that I'd never have one in the house. With all girls, it was an easier decision, and we do allow learning games on the PC. But no mind numbing, obsessive compulsive disorder feeding, never ending console games.

    Older two were just invited to join the National Honors Society and consistently receive high praises from their teachers, as polite and respectful kids who exhibit a high degree of SELF CONTROL!
     
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