Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Mar 2013 15:42 UTC
Games "For nearly thirty years we've been having this discussion, asking the question: do violent movies, music or video games make people violent? Well according to Brad Bushman and Craig Anderson of Iowa State University, yes. Based on the results of their research they concluded in 2001 that video games and violent media can make people aggressive and violent. Based upon their data and their conclusions, however, it's safe to say that photos of snakes, crispy bacon, or a particularly rigorous game of chess can also make people aggressive and violent." And politicians?
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manjabes
Member since:
2005-08-27

Yes they will (get hurt). They'll get stabbed with kitchen knives, hit in the eyes with forks, get thrown with stones etc.
I'd like to see you ban-happy fellows banning sticks & stones. Even the EU is not that ridiculous (yet).

Edited 2013-03-09 19:17 UTC

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hussam Member since:
2006-08-17

Yes they will (get hurt). They'll get stabbed with kitchen knives, hit in the eyes with forks, get thrown with stones etc.
I'd like to see you ban-happy fellows banning sticks & stones. Even the EU is not that ridiculous (yet).

Still if you disallow carrying guns in public, you are removing a significant cause of murders, right?

It's like banning smoking in public places like restaurants. sure it oppresses freedom but realistically solves a problem, correct?

Sometimes you have to put aside your morals, ideals and principles in order to create a safer environment.

Sometimes you have to sacrifice freedom and rights for the safety of the whole. it's called responsibility. It comes with living in a technically and culturally advanced country.
This isn't the middle ages anymore.

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snorkel2 Member since:
2007-03-06

"Still if you disallow carrying guns in public, you are removing a significant cause of murders, right?"

That is incorrect, in states that allow concealed carry there have been no increase in murders and no big shoot outs etc. If someone is going to kill they will do it regardless of whether or not they have a gun, a gun is just another tool. it can be a effective tool, but just a tool. If someone is going to go through all the trouble to get a concealed carry permit it's highly unlikely they are going to go shoot some place up, not the guy who steals a gun from a store etc and has no regard for the law just might.

The bottom line is bad people murder and we need to figure out what is making people bad, not just simply ban the tool. Take away guns and they will start killing with bombs, knives, machetes, ice picks you name it.

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tanzam75 Member since:
2011-05-19

Yes they will (get hurt). They'll get stabbed with kitchen knives, hit in the eyes with forks, get thrown with stones etc.


They will get hurt, yes.

But they will also be [i]much less likely to get killed.

On the same day as the Newtown school shootings in America, a mentally-unbalanced man entered an elementary school in Chengping, China and tried to kill the students. He wounded 22 children and 1 adult.

Wounded, not killed. That's because all the man had was a knife -- private ownership of firearms is illegal in China. The casualties got taken to the hospital, and they lived to tell the tale.

Incidentally, the security guards who tackled the man did not have guns. The police in China also normally go on patrol without guns. (They do have guns at the station house, if they need them.)

Japanese police do carry guns -- but they are restricted from using them in most situations. They are actually instructed to let a fleeing suspect go free, rather than shoot him. The gun is there solely for purposes of defense -- and that means that you shouldn't shoot the criminal when he isn't threatening anyone. The criminals know this, and so they're more willing to go around without guns. This, in turn, reduces the likelihood that they'll kill someone.

When you get rid of guns, you decrease the overall violence level of society. This is a Good Thing.

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cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

It is also much more difficult to kill with a knife than with a machine gun, and much easier to escape. Especially since very little people have training in knife throwing, compared to gun shooting.

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snorkel2 Member since:
2007-03-06

It is also much more difficult to kill with a knife than with a machine gun, and much easier to escape. Especially since very little people have training in knife throwing, compared to gun shooting.


You realize machine guns have been out right banned since the 1930s? Very very few civilians have machine guns, however the ATF lost one in Milwaukee this past summer along with all the merchandise in their fake store front....

There are so many murders with kitchen knives it's not even funny, it's just easier to kill with guns at a distance, in a closed room with a large knife it would not be difficult and it happens quite a bit in China.

A few years ago this huge guy was trying to beat the crap out of a much smaller guy in a bar, he through the smaller guy on the bar and the smaller guy grabbed a steak knife that was on the bar and stabbed the big guy in the neck, he bled out in a matter of minutes.

So bullshit on the knife argument....

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

There's a difference though. Firearms where specifically designed to kill while kitchen knives & forks where designed for something else entirely and just happen to also be able to kill.
There's a difference in intent.

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