There are twice as many preschoolers killed by guns as there are cops killed by guns.
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President Obama at the Newton Memorial Service.
Today, gun safety advocates protested at NRA offices, “end the murder.”
The question we should be asking is not whether Call of Duty, or Dexter, or the Saw films are going to turn us into a nation of multi-ethnic, multi-gender, multi-generational psychopaths, unable to or disinterested in distinguishing reality from the images we see on all kinds of screens […] Rather, it’s why so many of us, even those who will never put a rifle stock to our shoulders or wrap our hands around a pistol grip, feel so drawn to violent fantasies in our culture.
Pretending that such an attraction came to life somewhere in a massively multiplayer online game is self-deluding. And acting as if shutting down the production of violent images would curb our fears and desires to fight back against them is an attempt to avoid confronting how frightening our society is for so many citizens even on ordinary days.
Alyssa Rosenberg on why violent video games won’t address our culture of violence.