Thaddeus Howze insists that we are a nation in crisis—a moral crisis, a social crisis but most importantly a mental health crisis that we are completely in denial about. We are violent because we are trained to be.
A friend of mine said to me and our Facebook community that video games were the source of violence in young men today, preparing them for a life of violence:
“It’s disheartening that I have read countless posts calling for tighter gun control in the wake of today’s tragic events….. but not a single post calling into question first-person shooter simulators (games) that train the mind to kill everything that moves with impunity. Driving simulators are designed to improve driving skills…… Sports simulators are designed to improve play calling, and teach fundamentals….. What the h@ll are shooter simulators for?”
I strongly disagree with this. Not because of what he was proposing; that games make for more proficient shooters. That part is true. But the problem is not the games.
It’s the availability of guns.
No guns, no shooters. It’s really that simple.
No bullets, no shooters. The skills trained in video games do not make for better soldiers. It makes for better combat awareness.
As a former military person, NOTHING can prepare you for the day when someone is shooting back at you with real bullets. NOTHING.
So the idea that video games make people violent is not completely true.
A violent society where human needs and human rights are often ignored or trod over, make for a more violent society. We would like to blame our entertainments because that would be so convenient. We could just say “Ban all games with violent content.” And if your statement were true, all violence would go away. NOT.
You want to stop violence?
Stop allowing violence of the kind that allows people to starve in a land overflowing with wealth. Poverty in the US alone continues to rise at an astronomical rate and economic disparity continues to grow destroying the middle class daily. 46 million Americans get food stamps or other government assistance simply to feed themselves—poorly, I might add.
Stop pushing people who live in a country out of their land for use of their country’s natural resources. Native Americans, the Congo and other countries all over Africa, South America, hell, the developing world, in general.
Stop exploiting people economically and telling them to FUCK OFF when they call you on it. The World Bank, super-banks of the world, Walmart, Target, <insert other megacorporation here>.
Give people access to medical and mental health care with the same ease they can walk into a gun store and buy a damn gun. Ronald Reagan closed more mental health clinics during his time in office than are currently in existence in the US today. I think, considering the state of the nation, WE NEED MENTAL HEALTH MORE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE.
Stop allowing the NRA to using lobbying and money to control the politicians who promote violence for the sake of making money. Do you really think we were in the Middle East fighting for their freedom? Or because 4,000 Americans died in an act of violence? Really? Let me share some sobering numbers for you:
- 50,000 people a DAY starve to death all over the world. That by itself is enough to cause needless anger and suffering. We don’t lack the ability to feed people across the world. We lack the will or desire. Hungry people make a ripe natural resource to harvest their labor.
- 40,000 people a year die from car accidents in the US alone.
- 500,000 people a year die from smoking-related diseases in the US alone.
- 30,000 a year die from prescription drugs given to them by doctors. Legal drugs for legal reasons but are either mistakenly used or over-prescribed.
- 99,000 people a year die from hospital related diseases (nosocomial infections) in the US. Diseases they did not have when they entered the hospital for whatever OTHER reason they are there.
If we were in a war against death and disorder across the world or in our country alone, we would be in a life-and-death struggle against world-wide starvation, the menaces of the auto industry, vehicular homicide and air pollution, battling against cigarettes and Big Tobacco, putting the brakes on big pharmaceutical companies constantly advertising their latest, greatest and deadliest new product over the airways, and the medical industries which grow fantastically rich with their harvest of death and profits.
You do remember how well the “War against Drugs” turned out. 1 trillion dollars spent over 40 years, millions of men behind bars, and more drugs in the country than ever. Very profitable, however, for police departments, the ATF, FBI, CIA, lawyers, judges, district attorneys, gun manufacturers, developers of prison complexes, the prison industrial complex and the industries now making money competing against American business with cheap “slave-like” labor. Good thing we went to war against it. There isn’t a drug left in the country, right? This wasn’t about solving a problem, the war on drugs was just another engine of profit.
Our soldiers die on foreign soils for one reason only: profit. War profiteers created this war, making sure we keep young people ready as “meat for the grinder” by training up their mental skills in video games, training down their empathy by watching violent movies, promoting secular and religious violence by mental conditioning against other creeds, religions and cultures. Tanks For The Memories: What Was Hot At Massive Army Meet-Up.
They do this because WAR is the most profitable business enterprise on EARTH. Doubt it? Check out the budget of the Pentagon. Alone it spends more money than the collective expenditures of the next fifteen nations. The Pentagon got 689 billion dollars in 2011. We spend more money on the Defense Department than any other resource in the nation including healthcare and social security. See the visualized images of how the US Government and how we spend our Tax Dollars.
So if you want to tackle gun violence, you must also find the real enemy of the people and it isn’t just video games. Its the very engine of profit in this culture. The completely insane idea that people, human life itself, is nothing more than another natural resource to be exploited and exterminated for the sake of capitalism.
Even GOP Idol Ronald Reagan Advocated More Gun Control
Greed and violence goosestep their way into every aspect of our society and the inability to get rid of guns is directly related to the control they have over the minds of the government and the sheep who fear losing their guns. The culpability lies in the inability to address the nation and perhaps world-wide adoration and acceptance of violence.
Violent video games are simply part of the engine of indoctrination into a culture of war-based violence and war-based economics. We are a culture of violence: bred to it, trained for it, socialized to it, inured to it and unable to see it for what it is; a form of insanity, nothing more.
Originally appeared at Quora
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