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I recall while on leave late one afternoon along the footpath returning from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego a rush of people lurching across the footpath in front of us. There were maybe forty people, perhaps more. They had crawled through a large car sized hole made in the fortified hurricane-type fencing that was the perimeter of the border, raced across the footpath and through another hole in the fence on the American side. Then, hunched down as if to escape detection they dispersed in a matter of seconds among the cars in a large parking lot and were gone, free to move about as they like, now in America.

A few moments later a border patrol helicopter came by with a floodlight swirling around the cars in the parking lot and then it too vanished, discovering nobody.

That was in 1994, twenty-three years ago.

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On FB someone said they thought the shooters of the recent mass shooting should be held accountable and maybe if the shooters were held accountable, the violence would stop. This was in response to my original observation, “Computer Games and Mass Shootings.”

Here is my response on Facebook:

Well, it’s more like there has been a cultural shift in the use of first-person shooter games becoming ubiquitous in the American home. All the kids have them. Many adults, too. Not everyone who has a Budweiser drinks it to drive and kill, though. Everyone who plays a first-person shooter game on the other hand does play it to fantasize killing. Such behavior is glorified in the games. In reality, the shooters often kill themselves afterwards once they have realized what they have done is to kill a bunch of innocents. Given that context, Hillary’s argument is invalid. Guns themselves don’t enable the fantasized killing of innocents. In contrast, video games do. In fact, video games reward such killing. Therein lies the distinction. Drinking and driving which results in a fatality is an accident. Gamers play to kill. They feed on it.

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Another tactic that the elected have is to claim media obfuscation is preventing legislative progress. It’s an indication that the elected truly don’t want change and will work to prevent it.

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The political misdirection occurring currently along with the complete and utter collusion of the media is unprecedented. It amounts to a form of deception.

It raises the question: Should the media be put under control?

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Lately, every time I turn on the nightly news, they start off with a story about some Republican who has been accused of some sort of sexual misconduct. Often the accusations are decades old.

Now, when I turn on the Sunday morning political analysis shows, that’s all they focus on.

Thing of it is, it is all sexual content. It’s talking about sex. It’s like empty calories. People have sex. It’s entirely normal. Unless of course you are a female who wants to get even with someone using a law or perception of behavior that is rapidly changing and has changed completely over the last fifty years. Or, if you are instead a pawn in one political party’s attempt to get even with the voters who unanimously voted in another party in large numbers.

When did the national media become the scandal rags?

I turn it off and so should you. How about a national turn-it-off day?

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At great expense to the American tax payer and quite nearly throwing the election, whatever happened to the Jewish State attempt to throw the US Presidential Election? I mean, clearly that’s what it was. They just found a convenient scapegoat in a Jewish boy is all.

To me it is quite likely the State of Israel along with the supposedly Jewish run media in The US has made every attempt to misdirect blame on to the Russian Government. I’m not saying the Russian weren’t at all involved. But they weren’t making anonymous bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers. Jews were doing that. Jewish people in The State of Israel. Come on people! So, who was really more involved, Russia or Israel? In a physical sense, even?

Some say the media in The US is controlled by an internal Jewish state. I’m not so sure but some things make you wonder. Hollywood, for example. Or this which once it was swept under the rug, we haven’t heard a thing about it, yet it was almost successful at branding The Trump campaign as fascist and all those who support him as Nazis:

 

A while back I suggested that the reason a number of the larger computer manufacturers were chiming in on the gun rights issue was because computer manufacturers find gun sales to be in direct competition to that discretionary income which Americans use to purchase firearms, to purchase firearms instead of home computers, that is. I still believe it is the case. Yet that observation is only half of the story in my estimation. That’s not all.

What nobody in the media or anyone appear to be doing is amassing any data on whether or not the mass shootings were perpetrated by people who also play first-person shooter games on their computers and on the devices sold by those computer manufacturers and related corporations that hook up to televisions. Nobody seems to be seeing if there is a direct correlation, but we can all be rather certain that more people than ever, adults included, are playing first-person shooter games on their computers.

The data will show that for certain.

I believe there is a direct correlation with first-person shooter games and the increase in violent crime in The US. Even the games that are not branded as first-person shooter games frequently involve violent, psychotic scenarios where shooting unarmed human targets is involved. With each level, there are new targets as the tension on the screen builds and builds and builds until eventually there are no more levels for the addicted gamer to conquer. What do they do next to get their fix? Has the line between fantasy killing and reality already been erased by that point? Does the gaming industry know it? I think they do.

It is my opinion that the reason the media are not discussing the correlation is because the larger manufacturers of such games and computers that drive the games also own large shares in many of the media outlets. Instead, the computer manufacturers and video game manufacturers chime in on gun ownership to shift the focus.

I might add that Hollywood is in bed with the computer gaming industry. How many movies have you seen that were originally computer games? No wonder Hollywood is calling for gun control all of the time. Clearly it is a diversionary tactic. Does Hollywood know computer games and the related movies are blurring the line between fantasy murder and reality? I think they know it.

I would not be surprised if the families of victims of mass shootings along with a creative litigator could make such a correlation and began to take legal action against the manufacturers of such first-person shooter games and the related equipment used to generate the gaming environment. There is more money in the gaming industry than in the firearms industry, to be sure.

The manufacturers of the games are after all directly responsible for the “experience” and “the environment” resulting from the games, are they not? Yes, of course they are.

Instead of focusing on gun ownership in America, maybe we should be taking a closer look at the computer gaming industry and Hollywood. Americans have owned guns since the beginning. In contrast, an increase in mass shootings and the broad social acceptance of first-person shooter games are a relatively recent phenomenon.

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