Here we go again
While the experts are attempting to figure out how the recent spate of mass killings have happened, there are those who have stated that video games are the leading cause.
They cite the backgrounds of the killers as having played violent video games for hours and days at a time-leading them to take out their aggressions on real people.
“I don’t let games like Call of Duty in my house,” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said this week on MSNBC. “You cannot tell me that a kid sitting in a basement for hours playing Call of Duty and killing people over and over and over again does not desensitize that child to the real-life effects of violence.”
Thus now video games (such as Call of Duty, Medal of Honor and others) are the reason for mass killings with assault weapons by mentally ill people.
As cited further in this article:
In the 2011 rampage in Norway that killed 77 people, for example, the gunman played Call of Duty six hours a day to practice shooting. In the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, which killed 12 people, the two teenage gunmen were said to have been obsessed with a game called Doom, featuring bloodshed and explosions.
There have been reports that Mr. Lanza, 20, the Newtown gunman who killed himself after his rampage, liked World of Warcraft and other violent games, as do many young men. James E. Holmes, 25, who is accused in last summer’s massacre at a theater in Aurora, Col., was a fan of the same game.
Yes, this does suggest that playing video games are to blame for killing people, right?
What about the fact that the people behind the killings were crazy to begin with? They did not need to have a reason to go out and kill people. They were going to kill people no matter what, because they were insane, and video games do not cause insanity, although some would like you to believe that.
Playing games or doing anything in excess is a sign that someone is not in control of their faculties. Playing a game for 20 hours a day, 7 days a week is not normal. It is a sign that there is something fundamentally wrong with the person.
Why not look into what made the person insane? Perhaps these people were taking medications that can to suicide and murder, such as Ritalin.
“All major classes of psychiatric drugs—antipsychotics, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and stimulants for ADHD—can trigger new and more severe psychiatric symptoms in a significant percentage of patients.”
This includes Adderall:
• Mood swings that include hostility and severe aggression
In fact, any amphetamine drug is culpable:
Psychological effects can include euphoria, anxiety, increased libido, alertness, concentration, energy, self-esteem, self-confidence, sociability, irritability, aggression, psychosomatic disorders, psychomotor agitation, grandiosity, repetitive and obsessive behaviors, paranoia, and with chronic and/or high doses, amphetamine psychosis can occur. Occasionally this psychosis can occur at therapeutic doses during chronic therapy as a treatment emergent side effect.
Without knowing the medication background of the killers (but guessing that these people were on medications), I’d suggest that perhaps there were more basic and profound reasons for their actions.
Sure, go ahead and blame everything but the people who did the killings: guns, video games, the time of day, whatever pleases you.
I’m making a simplistic statement, and I’d wager that it probably holds up under the fierce light of common sense, but it’s not politically correct to state it:
These people were insane. Their insanity led them to kill other people. They were the sole cause of the killings and they are to blame. They would have killed others even without high-powered guns, because they were crazy to begin with.
Stop blaming everything else-it’s easy to do, isn’t it?
Anything works but the truth.