"I think video games is a bigger problem than guns, because video games affect people."

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The most mind-bogglingly offensive part of all of this is that these talking points are the result of very careful conversations between gun lobbyists and the brightest lights in the GOP messaging machine.

"So, video games is the distraction, then?"

The fact that this intelligence-insulting deflection is the strongest sauce they could come up with speaks volumes about the ludicrous weakness of their position, and the contempt they have for their audience.
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I think deflection is a fine tactic to use, if you're deflecting to something of more substance.

But, even if there was evidence that video games made children more violent (and there's not http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2209986… ), legislation to ban the sale of such games to minors is unconstitutional.

In 2011, the Supreme Court struck down a California law that tried to do that in a 7-2 decision. Scalia--yes, crazy hat-wearing Scalia--wrote the majority opinion and found that California's law “abridges the First Amendment rights of young people whose parents (and aunts and uncles) think violent video games are a harmless pastime.”

So, no, you cannot ban the sale of violent video games to kids and no, video games do not make children homicidal.
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The NRA may be onto something here. After all, Pac-Man is solely responsible for my weight gain.
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You can tell when a political grouping are pandering to the stupidest members of society, when they present something as an either/or. For example, violence is caused by either video games or guns, and there's no way that more than one of those things could be contributing. Or, illegal immigration can be solved by either a bigger fence or a path to citizenship, and there's no way you could consider using both. Or, the budget hole can be fixed by raising taxes or cutting spending, but you can't possibly do both.

Sadly, this kind of false dichotomy works, because it plays well to the media, it provides talking points for the annoying "debates" they have on news talk shows, and because large numbers of members of the public are stupid.

Never forget, 50% of the population has below average intelligence...
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I see what he's doing here:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

War is Peace, video games cause violence, assault weapons kill everyone -- and don't look now! DRONE STRIKE!

And in Iraq today a mass grave was discovered outside of Abu Ghraib, it was estimated to be 6 years old and contained the bodies of 18 people, 8 were in police uniforms. 6 additional people were killed and 6 were wounded in Baghdad, 4 people were killed and three wounded in Mosul, an army barracks was attacked in Hit, and an additional two police officers were wounded along with a cleric killed in other parts of the country. That’s just one day, I wonder what tomorrow will be like…

I can’t imagine where all this violence comes from, I say we blame rap music and Germans.