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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:37 PM

65. Have you ever seen those video games? They are pretty violent.

They're loud, they display realistic weapons, they provide feedback through the gaming device, and they provide a measure of urgency and excitement that causes the player to be more and more willing to pull the trigger the more they play the games. And they're "new" -- since the 1980s.

What else is "new" since then? A MAJOR rise in autism spectrum diagnoses....why not "blame" that? What's in the food, air, water that is causing that uptick? Let's point our fingers that-a-way!


Guns may have "been around" for a long, long time, but when I was a kid, the toy of choice was a play six shooter, not a fricken toy assault weapon. The change in the firepower of weapons readily available to the average schmuck has changed in the last thirty years--it's as significant as the diffference between a musket and a revolver.

Children were bullied back in the day, too, but they weren't bullied so relentlessly, so cruelly, so constantly, using social media and telephones, around the clock. Why not acknowledge that as a trigger?

And parents? Single parent families were the EXCEPTION, not the rule. Two parents working? Again, the exception. Parents may have not always been Ward and June, but they were PRESENT, and they provided a structure to a child's environment.

There most certainly ARE other variables--and laying all this "blame" at the feet of pills is just not supported by any real evidence. We'd be just as well off blaming "whiteness" as "The" cause, because most of these shooters are bright white and light, not down with the brown.

Here's an interesting "fact:" Not one child who did NOT have access to weapons, who has been on pills, or had a mood disorder, or who enjoyed violent video games has ever shot up a school. We know that's a certain correlation--the access to guns. No guns, no crime.

You are confusing correlation with causation, and you're (I trust unwittingly) insulting people who are using these medications to control depression or mood disorders or what-have-you, and who have never, ever, not once, had the urge to go out and shoot up a classroom. I'm not a patron of the pills but even I can see that, and I can understand why they are angered and insulted.

It's like blaming all Muslims for Osama--there's just no way to defend against what is, in effect, bigotry.

Why not blame doctors for not carefully monitoring side effects and making adjustments as required? That seems like a more productive tack than blaming the medications that work very well for some people, if the comments on this website are to be believed.

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