You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me: Results Of National Poll Name Video Games A Bigger Threat To America Than Guns

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This is just sad. This whole debate about the effects video games have on violence isn’t new, but it certainly returned to the minds of many Americans after the tragedy in Newtown, CT back in December. Since then the NRA tried to turn “violent media” into a scapegoat for the shooting, followed by President Obama allocating funds to research the effects game have on people.

Now, the results of a national poll by Public Policy Polling, which came from an automated telephone interview of 800 republicans across the country have named video games as a more significant threat than those popular and insanely easy to get machines that were designed to kill people.

If you look more closely at those who were polled you’ll find that a majority of them were over the age of 45, so there’s a very good chance many of them could name maybe one video game they’ve actually heard, not including Pong or Pac-Man.

Here’s the snippet from the release:

Sixty-seven percent. That’s a lot of people who are either really dumb or chose the wrong “threat.”

I get it. They don’t want to get rid of their guns, and they shouldn’t have to, but shoveling the blame onto something they clearly don’t understand is just stupid.

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Source: Public Policy Pollin
  • WalkingDeadGuy

    This is very disheartening; to turn a blind eye to the real problem (guns!) only to focus on something so trivial is sad. I know these people are pretty set in their ignorant ways, but something still needs to be done.

    Truth is there will always be violent people in this world who do horrible things, but let us not allow them legal access to certain weapons. As I’ve said before, I don’t believe all guns should be taken away, but certain rifles should be outlawed; if safety is a huge concern to you, then protect yourself with a small pistol or something. We know this wont stop gun violence, of course, but lets not make it easy for these lunatics either.

    • J-SiN

      We’re in agreement to a certain extent. The problem is not Video Games, but the problem is not guns either. People have been murdering as far back as history allows you to look and guns were not around back then. When someone is mentally disturbed, which is the real problem here, they will find a way to achieve what they fell is right.

      But your reply about outlawing certain rifles is wrong. Technology changes and things get better with time, including guns. If someone wants to own one that is their right. It is not their right to take a life. Since we are going to be all safety conscious now, maybe you should look at the vehicle you drive. More people lose their life in car accidents than they do by random shootings. Maybe we should all drive around in cars built in the late 1800′s that go no faster than 45 mph. For that matter let’s just go back to the horse and buggy. Why would you ask that you can only own a gun if it falls under certain criteria? Just because you can own a car that does 220 mph doesn’t make it legal for you to drive it that fast on every road, but if you want to have that car and drive 35mph in it every day that is your right.

      People need to become more aware of their surroundings. Parents, teachers, students, co-workers, everyone. As a society we are all to blame for these incidents.The signs are there, we just choose to ignore them. As I said before, murders have been happening forever, but since we refuse to learn from history, we will be doomed to repeat it.

      The blame on video games will pass with time and they’ll find something new to blame it on. I remember when The Beatles were responsible for the Tate/LaBianca murders, and Ozzy would make kids commit suicide. It just like a dog chasing his tail.

      • WalkingDeadGuy

        I agree that mental-health awareness needs to improve, but how do you intend to separate a quiet, depressed kid who wouldn’t hurt a fly from those that could potentially cause such real-life horror? The truth is you can’t spot the crazies all the time, therefore, why make it easy for them acquire such weapons.

        Oh and your gun comparison to cars is ridiculous. Cars serve a purpose, accidents will happen of course, and sadly some lunatic can use it as a weapon, but it’s main purpose is not to kill but to transport. Guns, however, only purpose is to shoot at things. As I said above, if security is your main concern, get a small pistol, “assault” weapons should not be available to the general public.

        Let me reiterate, I am not “blaming” guns, the blame should only be placed on the person committing such horrific acts. Lets just not make it easy for them to obtain assault rifles as well as focus on mental health.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zach.caylor Zach Caylor

    I call bullshit on this one. I play video games all the time and not once have I committed an act of violence because of them. I have absolutely no desire in the world to harm any living thing, and I spend most of my free time blowing other people away in games like Halo and Gears of War. This is absolutely absurd….

  • HorrorManiac666

    I can’t think of any words to say about this.

  • BurnTheBlueSky

    What ever happened to just saying the person who committed the crime is fucked up and to blame? Why does everyone go around blaming everything else? BLARGH

  • ThunderDragoon

    People piss me off. That’s really all I have to say.

  • Ultrazilla

    Let me guess, this phone poll was secretly conducted by the fine folks at Faux News? I’m surprised that “The Queers” wasn’t an option. Seriously though, this is ridiculous.

  • Sick_skwerl

    They can have my video games when they pry them from my cold dead fingers…

  • firedog93551

    Blaming video games or guns is retarded, it’s a people problem. People who blame things like this are the problem instead of taking responsibility for themselves or theirs. Ridiculous. I’ve watched horror movies since I could remember, shot guns, and when “violent video games” came into existence I played them as well and I have never gone into a crowd of people and shot them up or whatever. I had parents that instilled a sense of right and wrong in me and made sure they handled shit with me when I fucked up. I ills me that society is so willing to point the fingers at inanimate objects instead of sitting aside and looking at themselves or trying to help a person. This is one of the chief problems with P.C., with that thought process it’s not your fault you’re fucked up, blame your parents, blame guns, blame video games, blame heavy metal music. There’s an illness for everything now so it’s never your fault.

  • bloodbeat

    So wanting to play a real-life shoot ‘em up isn’t at all augmented by having a lot of guns lying around?
    There’s stupid and then there’s THIS poll. Come on people, it’s a simple ratio. Exposure:frequency of incidence.