Why The Violent Fantasies Of Gun Advocates Are More Dangerous Than Video Games

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Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 1, 2013
Why The Violent Fantasies Of Gun Advocates Are More Dangerous Than Video Games

By Alyssa Rosenberg posted from ThinkProgress Alyssa on Jan 31, 2013 at 11:58 am

There were a lot of things that were ridiculous and offensive about yesterday’s hearings on gun control, from the Independent Women’s Forum Gayle Trotter’s articulation of a fantasy world in which women defend themselves with guns more often than they’re killed by them, to the National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s representation of himself as an advocate for individual gun owners rather than the giant companies that manufacture weapons. But for the most part, we were spared one of the more ridiculous features of our debates over gun violence, the sight of gun control opponents throwing out video games as a distraction like a moldy steak in a piranha tank. What the hearing did reveal, though, is that the people who tend to blame video games for violence have some of the same fantasies about using weapons in real life that make the abstracted violence in first-person shooters so attractive.

That’s not to say that video games were completely absent from yesterday’s hearing. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) took himself to MSNBC to declare that “I think video games is a bigger problem than guns because video games affect people. But the First Amendment limits what we can doing about video games.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) lamented “Where is the artistic value in shooting innocent victims?” And LaPierre, listing what he described as common-sense solutions to gun violence, included “Stop putting out violent video games that desensitize.”

But at the same time that they were lamenting the idea of young men sitting at home working themselves up to kill by playing video games, both witnesses and senators were engaging in some of the same fantasies of heroic deployment of guns against imaginary enemies. Trotter imagined a Mr. and Mrs. Smith-like fantasy of a housewife brandishing high-caliber weapons in defense of her family:“An assault weapon in the hands of a young woman defending her babies in her home becomes a defense weapon and the peace of mind that a woman has as she’s facing three, four, five violent attackers, intruders in her home with her children screaming in the background, the peace of mind that she has knowing that she has a scary looking gun gives her more courage when she’s fighting hard and violent criminals.”

More at http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2013/01/31/15...
ist

Duluth, MN

#2 Feb 1, 2013
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/01...

The so-called assault weapons ban is a hoax. It is a political appeal to the ignorant. The guns it supposedly banned have been illegal (as above) for 78 years. Did the ban make them “more” illegal? The ban addresses only the appearance of weapons, not their operation.

Will increased cosmetic measures make anyone safer? They, like all efforts at disarmament, will put the citizenry more at risk. Disarmament rests on the assumption that all people are good, and, basically, want the same things.

But if all people were basically good, why would we, increasingly, pass more and more elaborate laws?
Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Feb 1, 2013
You post is completely and totally untrue. The guns that the proposed assault weapon ban covers are currently legal to sell and own, such as the AR15.

Didn't you learn from November that posting lies doesn't work?

“HHhhhoooowwwlll”

Since: Feb 08

Craigville

#4 Feb 1, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
You post is completely and totally untrue. The guns that the proposed assault weapon ban covers are currently legal to sell and own, such as the AR15.
Didn't you learn from November that posting lies doesn't work?
You constantly attack Great Americans who believe in the second amendment. You are a bigot.
Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Feb 1, 2013
What does "well regulated" mean to you?
goose

Wheaton, IL

#6 Feb 1, 2013
FULL automatic is the true assault weapon. They have been illegal for years!
I know the definition changed but give me a break! Semi automatic weapons are not even close to the fire power of a full automatic.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#7 Feb 1, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
What does "well regulated" mean to you?
It means well regulated and refers to a militia. It has nothing to do with peoples right to keep and bear arms until they actually form a militia in the event there is a threat to the security of their state freedoms. Without the right to keep and bear, one cannot form an effective militia.

mi·li·tia (m-lsh)
n.
1. An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.
2. A military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency.
3. The whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/militia
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#8 Feb 1, 2013
Oddly enough, the old gay troller didn't define "well regulated": AT ALL ! LMAOROTFU~!

Pretty sad, you're a gun owner....
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#9 Feb 1, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
<quoted text>
It means well regulated and refers to a militia. It has nothing to do with peoples right to keep and bear arms until they actually form a militia in the event there is a threat to the security of their state freedoms. Without the right to keep and bear, one cannot form an effective militia.
mi·li·tia (m-lsh)
n.
1. An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.
2. A military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency.
3. The whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/militia
Ya, ya, ya well....Nobody asked you!

The Gubernment will gib da milita gumbs and bullwets when the guberment desides tha "Folks" needs dem!
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#11 Feb 1, 2013
"Violation of Federal Law"

Shotguns "Cut-Off" less that 18 inches are Illegal, and it is a Federal Felony to posses one (Ask the dead women and children that were slaughtered by Bill and Hillary in Waco, who were "accused" of having "Cut-off" Shotguns as the pretense for the need to have the Federal Government slaughter them).

Taurus Inc.(Magnificent manufacturer of tools for Responsible Americans) fabricates and sells a wonderful tool that is a 6 Round Revolver which shoots 410 Shotgun Rounds.
(Demokrat Sheeple, a Revolver is a "pistol" with a typical barrel length less that 12 inches).

Rocket Scientists,

As Sheeple with your mouths agape awaiting the insertion of Talking Points by your Handlers on the Demokrat Plantations, do not EVER question the wisdom of your Kings and Queens. As you can see from my illumination above, your Kings and Queens are not a threat to America.....

Dey be somb smert "folk" ya know!
Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Feb 1, 2013
goose wrote:
FULL automatic is the true assault weapon. They have been illegal for years!
I know the definition changed but give me a break! Semi automatic weapons are not even close to the fire power of a full automatic.
We aren't using YOUR defintion of an assault weapon, we are using the definition in the law and the bill.

Oh, and you forgot to change back to your other moniker to reply, Schmahl.
Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Feb 1, 2013
Consistent wrote:
"Violation of Federal Law"
Shotguns "Cut-Off" less that 18 inches are Illegal, and it is a Federal Felony to posses one (Ask the dead women and children that were slaughtered by Bill and Hillary in Waco, who were "accused" of having "Cut-off" Shotguns as the pretense for the need to have the Federal Government slaughter them).
Taurus Inc.(Magnificent manufacturer of tools for Responsible Americans) fabricates and sells a wonderful tool that is a 6 Round Revolver which shoots 410 Shotgun Rounds.
(Demokrat Sheeple, a Revolver is a "pistol" with a typical barrel length less that 12 inches).
Rocket Scientists,
As Sheeple with your mouths agape awaiting the insertion of Talking Points by your Handlers on the Demokrat Plantations, do not EVER question the wisdom of your Kings and Queens. As you can see from my illumination above, your Kings and Queens are not a threat to America.....
Dey be somb smert "folk" ya know!
You really are drunk when you post this crap, aren't you.
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#14 Feb 1, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
You really are drunk when you post this crap, aren't you.
Do you remember when it was that you lost any ability to create a thought, and chose to recite the ignorance of others?

Why do you bother posting others words?

Every smart poster on here creates factual posts to back up their points....and you got nothing. But, just like your Co-Defective Demokrat Slewsie you only come back with the transparent reply...

"I am stupid so you are too, drunk"

Why do you bother?
Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Feb 1, 2013
Consistent wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you remember when it was that you lost any ability to create a thought, and chose to recite the ignorance of others?
Why do you bother posting others words?
Every smart poster on here creates factual posts to back up their points....and you got nothing. But, just like your Co-Defective Demokrat Slewsie you only come back with the transparent reply...
"I am stupid so you are too, drunk"
Why do you bother?
1) I feel the truth needs to be posted to offset your extremist views

2) I rather enjoy pissing you off
Bridgework

Lincoln, NE

#17 Feb 1, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
Oddly enough, the old gay troller didn't define "well regulated": AT ALL ! LMAOROTFU~!
Pretty sad, you're a gun owner....


Oddly enough, the left ignores that the SCotUS has already decided that the militia portion of the second amendment has nothing to do with the right to bear arms. Why is that?
Miss Piggy

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Feb 1, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
1) I feel the truth needs to be posted to offset your extremist views
2) I rather enjoy pissing you off
1) You can't even be truthful with your user-name. You took one that was already being used by a poster with a brain.
2) You don't believe the crap you post, like you said, you are only trying to "piss off" the intelligent posters.
3) You are a prime example of the saying: those who stand for nothing will fall for anything!
4) You're a joke, a very lame one. LOL
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#19 Feb 1, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
1) I feel the truth needs to be posted to offset your extremist views
2) I rather enjoy pissing you off
"I feel the truth needs to be posted to offset your extremist views"

1) There is no truth in people like you that live the life of the Amerikan Demokrat.....An organism that seeks the comforts of the 7 Deadly Sins, and demands that their neighbor pays for thier sick desires.

"I rather enjoy pissing you off"

2) YOU cannot "piss me off". You are dirt on the bottom of my shoe and an irritant. I no more am angered by your uselessness than I am by the usefulness that the dirt has. You Masturbate as you post as me...WE know your issues are based on your Sexuality Issues....Thisdoes not Piss Me off....IT DISGUSTS me that your neighbors have their wealth confiscated to sustain a defective like you and the others in the 20% that Re Erected the Son of Communists!
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#20 Feb 1, 2013
Since, the SCOTUS is made up of biased political appointees, who knows how they will represent our country in the future ??

Pretty sadly, you have no point.
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#21 Feb 1, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
Since, the SCOTUS is made up of biased political appointees, who knows how they will represent our country in the future ??
Pretty sadly, you have no point.
What are "Unbiased" political appointees ?

You fauching idiot....I guess it is a good thing that you do not post to be taken seriously, but post for the attention.....because you were not blessed to be able to display any rational thought!

Politics IS designed to be "Biased".

You fauching idiot!
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#22 Feb 1, 2013
It's not "designed" for stupid, racist, drunks...

You fauching idiot!

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