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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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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