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This is a reprint of an observation published in 2018

The problem with a political system that caters primarily to two parties, in America’s case it is the Democrats and the Republicans, is that the public loses out, almost always.

Though the two parties as I’ve mentioned appear to be in opposition, it is in fact the opposing actions of the two parties that is most damaging to the rights of the American public.

The two opposing parties constantly working against each other, as they will to gain superiority over the other, create a pincering or scissoring effect upon the public like the two opposing cutting blades of a scissors, coming together on each issue, slicing at it and simultaneously shearing away at the constitutional rights of the American public simply so that the parties can win an election or maintain control of the elected body.

What is the solution? I think it is necessary to have a strong third party come on line, a 3rd party that prevents the shearing away of the constitutional rights of the American public simply for political party gain. It must be done before what remains of the constitution is left in little shreds and snippets of scissored paper on the capital floor that nobody can piece back together once the damage is done.

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All week I’ve been seeing and hearing explanations by the media that video games are not the cause of the mass shootings and that there is no correlation between mass shootings and video games. And when I talk about “video” games here I am referring to what are called “first-person shooter” games where someone is using a video game controller of some form or computer mouse as the actionable weapon used to kill in a video game.

One report said that kids in Great Britain play video games as much as US kids and they don’t have the same violent tendencies and shoot up the place all of the time. The report of course neglected to mention that citizens are generally not able to have guns in most places in Europe and that gun ownership is highly restricted and expensive, to the point even that if you own guns you have to store them in a common location and you can’t have them in your own home. My response is obvious, that you can’t have a “correlation” if the variables and constants are not the same. But much of the viewing public bought it I’m sure as they don’t have the time to examine the issue closely enough, which of course was the intention of running slanted story in the first place, misdirection.

I think with video games and mass shootings, much like the correlation between money and crime where an investigator of white collar crime will tell you to follow the money, in the case of video games instead of following the money you need to follow the wires, and the wires are usually hooked up to a video game controller and to the television. Follow the wires.

There’s your answer as to why the media is telling you that there is no correlation. There is in fact a direct, physical connection to the mass media and thereby a correlation. Not only is there a correlation, the line between the video game fantasy killing and the reality mass shooting stories in the news is completely blurred as the gamer goes seamlessly from the one medium, the video game, to the other, the television, with the touch of the button on a remote.

The video games train the kids to kill not unlike a military simulator and the television rewards them with images of real mass murders not unlike Pavlov and his dogs. Eventually, the gamers start to fantasize about killing in reality and can no longer control their actions and begin searching for a reason to rationalize their actions. Obviously it doesn’t take much by that point. The killing is in the news, it is in the video games, and it is in the movies. The gamers don’t see anything else. They are immersed in it. They begin crave it. It was declared an addiction by the World Health Organization. That should tell you something. The WHO considers video game addiction a disease. What do you mean there is no correlation?

Yes, there IS a direct correlation between video games and mass shootings. The media, often sharing ownership of the companies that make the video games, are likely concerned about a clever attorney or lots of them coming along and beginning some sort of class action lawsuit that will be expensive to defend and settle.

Which is of course why there is no correlation between first-person shooter video games and mass murders, if you know what I mean.

Follow the wires.

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As it applies to both major parties:

WORD out!

Sit him down. Splash some water in his face and then slap him a couple of times for me. 

Hi. You know who I am. I’ve been meaning to talk to you about this for some time. Let me ask you something:

So, you guys are going to rile up the country, get everybody angry with each other and have everyone at each other’s throats, are you? Then you are going to take away the peoples’ guns and freedom of speech in the same move. I had a nagging suspicion for some time that the two parties were working together on something like this. The two parties get together in Washington and fuck the people, huh? Is that how it is? That’s why the government bought all that ammunition, isn’t it? Isn’t it?! ANSWER ME! This is all part of a plan, isn’t it? Sorry motherfucker. It’s not going to happen if I can help it. You were just waiting for the right time, weren’t you? You’d better watch your step from now on. We are not going to fuck around with you anymore.

We can see through your “money is speech” campaign contribution paid for mass media shitstorm front.

Let him go for now. Watch what he does.

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I don’t favor red flag laws. To me more than anything red flag laws ultimately are an encroachment upon the 1st amendment just as much as they are a restriction of the 2nd.

I’m not so sure it is a good idea to have laws on the books that infringe upon multiple constitutional amendments at the same time.

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One of the disappointing aspects of the legalization of marijuana at the state level and not the federal level is that banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions are unable to accept funds from businesses that are involved in the sale and production of the marijuana that is grown and sold in states where marijuana is legal.

In other words, if you are in the business of growing or selling marijuana, you can only transact business in cash and you are not eligible to bank your proceeds or to obtain capital (loans) or any of the other services banks and other financial institutions provide.

But at the same time, the big three automakers and other American industrialists through the guise of NAFTA can have their cars manufactured and assembled in countries such as Canada or Mexico where marijuana is legal or has been decriminalized.

To me that demonstrates a complete disregard for the will of the people by our elected.

There’s more.

Not only do Americans lose those manufacturing jobs to corporations that utilize the labor of countries that have legalized marijuana, our own country enforces draconian laws upon our citizenry and makes it easier for them to lose those jobs to Canada and Mexico at the same time.

If that does not typify a form of political betrayal by our elected on the most grand scale upon the entire country, I don’t know what does.

It is time to legalize marijuana in America.

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Why haven’t the media asked if they mass shooters played first person shooter games?

From a previous post on the matter:

Why haven’t the media asked the question: “Did the Florida High School shooter play first-person shooter computer games?” All the kids play them today. Teachers tell me students play them every time they get a computer in class. The games are ubiquitous, in every American home. No wonder there are so many shootings. We had guns before we had first-person shooter games, long before we had first-person shooter games. Now instead of studying kids practice shooting at each other.

Fast Forward to 080519: The media doesn’t ask that question because they play the first-person shooter games on the television and when they get bored with that they turn on the television and so the mass media doesn’t want the games censored because they are a direct link to the television and the mass media. That’s why the media spent so much time today trying to disprove that there is a direct correlation between the games and the mass shootings. They finish with the game and then turn on the television and see the real shooting and not only are they trained, they are now inspired. Case in point. Many young car thiefs/joy riders learn to drive from the video game Grand Theft Auto. Then you know what? They go out and steal cars.

Reprint from Nov 8, 2017:

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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