Letter to the Editor: Look into games
BY Wanda M. King, Tulsa
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
1/23/13 at 7:47 AM
We are all still in shock over the tragedy at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut last month - in addition to the incidents in Colorado and Oregon. Rather than immediately attacking the National Rifle Association and rushing through more gun control, I wonder why a ban - or certainly more control - for video games has not been considered.
These children appear to be in a hypnotic state while their hands are moving like crazy, causing destruction. They are learning how to create violence. Why is it surprising that later they actually may not be able to separate fantasy from reality?
They are not being taught that acting out these "games" is a serious crime that has devastating consequences. Boys seem to be more addicted to these types of violent videos and the attacks in Colorado, Oregon and Connecticut were committed by young males.
I'm not naive enough to think this is the cause of all increasing crime, but these videos could be responsible for some of the violence, and should be considered as a great possibility.
Citizens (competent) have the right to own firearms for their own protection. No matter how large our police force, there cannot ever be enough officers to take care of everyone. We have to be able to take care of ourselves when necessary.
A study might be in order to decide if these videos are banned or controlled or even require a license.
Letters to the editor are encouraged. Send letters to email@example.com.