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Old 02-08-2013, 11:11 AM   Topic Starter
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Poll: Republicans think video games are a "bigger threat to safety" than guns.

From a recent PPP poll, a question they asked Republicans:

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National Republican Primary Toplines

Q1 What do you think is a bigger safety threat in
America: guns or violent video games?
Guns ............................................................... 14%
Video games................................................... 67%
Not sure .......................................................... 19%
Now wait, gun control advocates oftentimes argue that guns are inherently dangerous. The popular rebuttal from gun rights advocates (who, I'll admit, I'm mashing in with Republicans in this thread) is that guns aren't dangerous, the people who use them are dangerous. Guns don't kill people. People do.

But video games -- hey now, hold the phone. Video games are such a huge threat to safety. Guns aren't -- because you can't blame guns for the demented people that use them. But video games?

Forget the fact that there's absolutely no link between video games and violence. None. And study after study after study shows that when guns are more prevalent/available, the odds of homicide and violence typically shoot up.

This is why folks Jindal are calling the GOP "the stupid party," and begging their supporters to abandon the willful ignorance that a game of Halo is more dangerous than a handgun.

Two questions:

1. Which do you think is the bigger threat to safety: video games or guns.

2. What sense can you make of the particular piece of PPP polling I've quoted above?
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:15 AM   #2
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:19 AM   #4
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I am pretty sure you are grasping at straws in your attempt to belittle anything that is said by the GOP and therefore you are deaf.

Think about it....a video game's controller in the shoot em up games that are available is like a gun to be used like a gun, shaped like a gun. The game entices to shoot, shoot, shoot, kill, kill, shoot, shoot without much thought about what they are actually be "taught" to do. I don't know if it makes hand guns less dangerous than a game but one feeds the others in some respect.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:30 AM   #5
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I am pretty sure you are grasping at straws in your attempt to belittle anything that is said by the GOP and therefore you are deaf.

Think about it....a video game's controller in the shoot em up games that are available is like a gun to be used like a gun, shaped like a gun. The game entices to shoot, shoot, shoot, kill, kill, shoot, shoot without much thought about what they are actually be "taught" to do. I don't know if it makes hand guns less dangerous than a game but one feeds the others in some respect.
The problem with that little piece of intuition is that (a.) it conveniently sidesteps both questions in the OP, and (b.) it is not reflected in any significant way in any study there's been on the matter, ever.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:58 AM   #6
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I think video games in just one ingredient of the ****ed up cocktail we all serve our kids everyday...along with the lack of accountability, crappy parenting, pathetic morals and a truckload of poor examples of how we should behave. At the very least, I believe it trivializes warfare and killing.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:27 PM   #8
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You know, if you keep kicking a puppy, it's going to start to flinch when you come to pet it.

Does it surprise you that Republicans, who are constantly being told that their guns are the root of all crime, are going to bristle when asked to speak to it?

You're not going to get an honest answer at this point because why the hell would any sane Republican give more grist for the mill? Had you asked that question a year ago, the results would've been far more rationale.

But now gun owners and those damn devil Republicans are on the defensive and yeah, you're going to get cagey, defensive answers as a result.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:08 PM   #9
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You know, if you keep kicking a puppy, it's going to start to flinch when you come to pet it.

Does it surprise you that Republicans, who are constantly being told that their guns are the root of all crime, are going to bristle when asked to speak to it?

You're not going to get an honest answer at this point because why the hell would any sane Republican give more grist for the mill? Had you asked that question a year ago, the results would've been far more rationale.

But now gun owners and those damn devil Republicans are on the defensive and yeah, you're going to get cagey, defensive answers as a result.
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You know, if you keep kicking a puppy, it's going to start to flinch when you come to pet it.

Does it surprise you that Republicans, who are constantly being told that their guns are the root of all crime, are going to bristle when asked to speak to it?

You're not going to get an honest answer at this point because why the hell would any sane Republican give more grist for the mill? Had you asked that question a year ago, the results would've been far more rationale.

But now gun owners and those damn devil Republicans are on the defensive and yeah, you're going to get cagey, defensive answers as a result.
You know, for the ideology (conservativism) that preaches personal responsibility, conservatives sure do backflips to evade it at all costs.

Republicans are saying really stupid shit because everybody else is being insensitive about their gun rights?

Cry me a river.
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Guns are zero threat to safety, and never have been. No gun has ever threatened a single person just sitting there on a table or exhibit booth. Since the gun has zero danger, it cannot by definition be more dangerous than anything you compare it to.


Therefore this poll makes perfect sense. You can't have a number less than zero.
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Guns are zero threat to safety, and never have been. No gun has ever threatened a single person just sitting there on a table or exhibit booth. Since the gun has zero danger, it cannot by definition be more dangerous than anything you compare it to.

Therefore this poll makes perfect sense. You can't have a number less than zero.
So, video games are a threat to safety?
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:02 PM   #14
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Are Republicans on some giant mission to ban video games?
I dunno, but my kid wanted to work in the video game industry until Sandy Hook. She liked the shoot 'em ones too.
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