Report That Aaron Alexis Was 'Obsessed With Violent Video Games'
As a picture is being painted of the man who took 13 lives in a shooting spree in the Navy Yard yesterday, the old NRA argument is resurfacing.
Trying to wind down from a much needed vacation and I have so many topics I want to hit on, but this one really has got me going. Drudge is pushing a headline from the U.K.’s Telegraph that Aaron Alexis was “obsessed with violent video games“:
Exclusive: The Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis played violent video games including Call of Duty for up to 16 hours at a time and friends believe it could have pushed him towards becoming a mass murderer.
This is something I would like to see discussed, since we can not really credit or discount the theory without a serious look at it. The problem I have, though, is that the NRA wants to blame only movies and video games when discussing these mass shootings, ignoring a society that pushes for more guns with far easier access.
Now ask yourself a question; which is easier to control, video games or access to guns? Both are logistical nightmares if we want to control them, but guns are a lot easier. The reason for that is the simple fact that we are talking about something we can control here, in the country. A lot of violent video games are online, and that means controlling the international internet. One such game is Kindergarten Killers, which is ironically a game that Wayne LaPierre discussed following Sandy Hook.
LaPierre singled out a low-tech title called “Kindergarten Killers” for special attention.
“It’s been online for 10 years,” said LaPierre. “How come my research department could find it and all of yours [the news media, presumably] either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?”
But what LaPierre fails to mention is the history of that game. Not long after its release, it was pulled by the author due to strong objection to it. After that, someone else placed a copy online. And this gives an insight into the ignorance of the NRA thinking when it comes to video games. They seem to ignore the fact that the only way you can stop these games is to disconnect the U.S. from the rest of the online world. Amongst other things, that would be economic suicide for the U.S. Then how would people be able to afford guns? Sorry Wayne, but you are an idiot.
So the best way to control gun violence is by controlling the tool – guns. Stop pushing for greater and easier access to them. People say we can’t do it, but they are wrong. Just look at Australia. Sure it won’t stop it all together, as nothing will. What it will do is reduce the incidents, and every life spared by better regulation is worth it. Of course the gun nuts in this country, like the NRA, fail to believe that. They ignore our one right that trumps all other – the right to life. For that very reason, it’s time to call Wayne LaPierre, the NRA and every nutjob out there that wants easier access to guns.
I am a supporter of the 2nd amendment, but I also am a strong believer in the fact that with rights comes responsibility. The NRA has been against responsibility since the 70’s, when it became more profitable for them to haphazardly push for easier access to guns in order to support their biggest contributor – the manufacturers. And what really scares me about this is the fact that we could end up i a nation with no 2nd amendment, not because of the anti-gun people, but because of these careless psychopaths that want to ignore the societal problems we have today, all in the name of their own greed. Sickening doesn’t even begin to describe it.