Skip to comments.From My Cold, Dead Hands
Posted on 12/25/2012 8:45:41 AM PST by orthodoxyordeath
"Those that give up an essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty not safety" - Ben Franklin
Ive waited to comment on the Sandy Hook atrocity for quite a few days because I have been doing some serious soul searching and thinking. Ive tried to wait for all the facts to come out, for all the pundits to get their BS out, for all the politicians to declare their holy crusades and for every dimwit lobbyist to voice their opinion.
Now its my turn.
Weve heard every manner of excuse in the last week. Guns kill people! Its Hollywoods fault! Its Call of Dutys fault! Its the medias reporting! Its the music industry! Its insert vacuous reason !
Ill be honest, I had no intention of writing on this tragedy at all until I saw what the vice president of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre had to say today:
Through vicious violent video games, with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And heres one: Its called Kindergarten Killers. its been online for 10 years. How come my research staff can find it, and all yours couldnt, or didnt want anyone to know youve found it?
No. No. No. No. Don't you dare start that garbage LaPierre. Every single time there is some sort of tragedy involving guns/mass murder, video games are always the scapegoat for explaining someone's crazy actions.
No one EVER wants to look at how screwed up that person might have been mentally, how bad the parenting might have been, etc. I have been playing videogames since I was a little kid and not once have I ever considered taking my video game violence to real life.
I resent being grouped with mass murders with every fiber of my being. You know how absurd that is? Its about as absurd as blaming guns and the 80 million law abiding owners of those guns for these shooting tragedies.
Look up Kindergarten Killers. Seriously. Do it. This game is some cheap Flash game someone put together in 30 minutes, posted on Newgrounds (a sort of 4chan) for shock value and then was never played. Nice reaching LaPierre.
You know what possibly irritated me most about these comments? Its exactly like what liberals do. I have a friend who posted a somewhat anti-feminist article on the internet that ended up getting linked to Stormwatch, a white supremacist forum. He was therefore decried as a racist.
Thats basically what LaPierre did: Look at this super stupid, super inappropriate, super obscure video game we found! Video games are SO EVIL
You want to save your organizations skin (an organization who I support much more tepidly now)? Fine. No intelligent person would blame 80 million gun owners for what a few nutjobs do. Then dont blame the 163 million gamers for the crimes either. Dont blame the musicians, the movie writers either while youre at it.
STOP THE BLAME.
The NRA, like everyone else, is just trying to pass the blame off on someone else. NEWSFLASH though: It is the individual thats to blame, not the games or the movies or the music.
So, how about we stop these charades and blame what who is really at fault here, the guy who killed all those children.
It comes down to things less broad than movies. It comes down to things like parenting.
If you are a parent, I have a piece of important news for you. EVERYTHING IS RATED. Music is labeled explicit. Video games have letter ratings. Movies have age and letter ratings.
How many times have you gone to see a rated R movie and there is some preteen kid in the theatre? How often have you been in a store and seen a kid picking up a M rated game? That is the parents responsibility.
"Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about Rock n' Roll." ~Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario.
The videogame community may have its horrible people, its violent people, its crazy people. It also has people who fundamentally wanted to respect the dead of Sandy Hook. It also has games like Spec Ops: The Line that are thoughtful, horrific, scarring commentaries on the very violence present in videogames, utilized to make the player rethink his gaming habits and in many cases become disgusted with themselves.
So lets sum it all up in a few bullet points:
Weapons are the true symbol of freedom. No slave in history has been allowed to bear them.
Guns dont kill people. Alcohol doesnt rape. Forks dont make you fat. Cars dont speed.
No person brandishing a videogame screaming, CALL OF DUTY MOTHERF*****S has ever or will ever kill someone.
Correlation does not equal causation. Implicating people who own video games because a murderer owned them is like implicating everyone who owns the same make of Ford Truck he owned.
Even if all violent media was censored and all weapons were completely banned, lunatics would still figure out how to get both. If someones intent is to shoot innocents, then it wont matter how many felonies they commit to commit that one ultimate felony The best place to look for answers right now is in the area of mental health.
The mainstream medias only purpose in existence is to make money, and to do that it must keep you on your lazy, stupid and apathetic butt while you listen to sensationalist reporting. Therefore, turn that crap off.
Some of you parents suck. Seriously. Stop ruining your kids childhoods by letting them play Halo. Give them some Super Mario Bros or Sonic the Hedgehog like I grew up with.
Now is an appropriate time to consider if your gaming is having an adverse effect on you personally, rather than allowing the media to use blanket statements to judge you on your behalf.
Christian conservatives, if I hear you talk about abortion and the lack of respect for human life as the cause for the Sandy Hook tragedy, I will flip.
Thanks to the morally bankrupt media, too many people know the names of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold of Columbine, James Holmes the Joker of Aurora, Jared Lee Loughner of Tucson, Adam Lanza of Sandy Hook and not the names of the victims. Want to talk about glorified violence? Meet the networks: ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, BBC, MSNBC.
A great YouTuber, TotalBiscuit, summed it up when he said this about the media, "...it's unethical. I should not be making money on the backs of dead children, and neither should these television networks...
You will have to tear my videogames, music and movies from my cold, dead hands.
When it comes to nature vs nurture, the libtards have to blame
nurture, because their goal to control behavior by controlling the environment by government force. Therefore, for them, it is the fault of the gun culture, and their solution is to change the culture by increasing the power and size of government and eliminating guns.
One thing is for certain.
Mankind, throughout the history of his entire existence, is violent.
I ask myself as I go throughout my daily life, am I more likely to be attacked by a lion, a shark, a gorilla or a man?
I arm myself to defend aginst a potential attack from a violent man. One cannot arm oneself after an attack na dhope to defend it, one must arm prior to an attack.
In terms of the culture of violence, I have played video games since I was seven. Some of them, though not all, were
violent. I like violent movies, though not all movies that I like are violent. I listen to rock and roll, but never rap.
I’ve never killed anyone, and other people I know that do the same things that I do have also never killed anyone.
Lastly I’ll say this.
I do not deserve top be punished for the crimes that someone else chose to commit, and neither does anyone else.
Adman Lazna is responsible, and he is dead.
I feel like neither side, libtards or conservatives blame nurturer. To blame nurter would be to take responsibility for what you are consuming or what you allow your child to consume. And no one does that. The left says, it’s the guns, it’s the conservatives. And us conservatives say, it’s the media, it’s the leftists!
No one ever says: hey, the parenting nowadays sucks.
Only you can choose what you consume, no one else has responsibility for your choices.
Sir, may I quote this in another blog post?
“if ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, than go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” Samuel Adams
‘Ol Benjamin is WRONG. At least he’s wrong about wether or not somebody “deserves” anything.
The point is—such security simply will not be forthcomeing. YOU WILL NOT GET IT!!
Now—lock and load ‘em, iffen you got ‘em—and by now you had BETTER HAVE ‘EM!
I grew up in the 50’s playing cowboys & indians, cops & robbers, war games. I had Tommy Guns, 1911’s Colt Peacemakers, old west lever guns. So did all my friends.
Same here - and because of my Dad's love of guns and Freedom, I also grew up in the NRA and at shooting ranges and hunting grounds. All these years later, I have handles and shot many a gun, but have never shot at, or hit, another human with any of my shots.