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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:25 PM


Addicted to Bang (really chemically addicted, not just liking guns)

This article in Forbes discusses in a plausible, physiology-based way why shooting guns can easily become addictive, like certain drugs, gambling, sex, etc. It's better argued than my excerpts below might indicate.

Addicted To Bang: The Neuroscience of the Gun

Dopamine('s) ... most famous attribute is as a motivator. It is released when we have the expectation of reward. Once dopamine becomes hardwired into a psychological reward loop, the desire to get more dopamine becomes the brainís overarching preoccupation. Cocaine, for example, is widely considered the most addictive drug on earth. It does little more than flood the brain with dopamine and block its reuptake.
Are there direct correlations? ... Not that we can tell ... We do know, from copious amounts of video game research, that first person shooter games release dopamine ...
Meaning not only are guns addictive, but automatic weaponry is far more addictive than most.
What does all of this really mean? It means that the reason gun violence continues to rise (and the reason gun control legislation remains so hard to pass) is because we are quite literally addicted to our guns.

* And a tip of the hat to Stephanie Miller's show this morning on Current TV for discussing this article.

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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:10 PM

1. interesting

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