Given whatever social/psychological/developmental problems he already had, we might surmise ( wild guess that could be
wrong) that if that nice semi-auto rifle had a barrel painted pink, a normal wooden stock with some smile face decals,
and a tube feed, his fantasies may have gone in some other direction. If we are going to blame the video games we need
to also look at the looks (not functionality) of what is available at the LGS. I bet the gang bangers wouldn't be so into
guns if the barrels were painted pink. Of course they might be into more violence after getting teased (uh, I mean dissed) about their gender identity.
1) Even in places like the Soviet Union, the people still had choices. The choices were restricted as hell, but they still had a choice.
2) The first thing that an authoritarian regime does is control the media because without it, they couldn't control the country
3) *This one is most relevant to this discussion*: Product manufacturers and other media moguls will try to convince you that (product) commercials have a tremendous impact in influencing the behavior of people. Yet, at the very same time, they denounce the idea that violent movies, music, video games, or even violence depicted on the nightly news will have ANY effect on people.
What struck me most from LaPierre's speech was the failure to communicate a sense of shame. If there was only one thing I learned from my Father, it would be the necessity to have a sense of shame. There can be nothing worse for a child that is loved than those words, "I am ashamed of you."
Often enough it would have been guilt by association that brought on the shame. I didn't do it but I was there and this was evidence enough for my Father, the benevolent dictator, the neighborhood watchman, the keeper of the family and the Shepherd of the society, the only pastor in a two church and one bar town serving both the UMC and UCC.
It would serve history well and it would serve our Republic well if we can come to the floor with a ponderance of shame and gratitude. Even a prodigal Amendment can find salvation.
The problem with the world is grown-ups behaving like unsupervised children.
Anyway, it was if you think carefully about what the message is. The appearance of guns, their design,
and what design a child is exposed to, will make a difference to how that child thinks--- exactly as with movies, games,
and news. I discussed this with a specific example earlier in this thread I think, but perhaps elsewhere here--- it has been busy.
In short, you can say "Thou shall not kill" but people still kill. You can remove every facet of agression and violence from america and some nut job will go on a rampage anyway.
I did like the statement that LaPierre made about needing a good guy with a gun to combat a bad guy with a gun.