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Feinstein Now Talking Video Game Control – by Max Slowik

In the wake of an “assault weapons” ban that has so far been blocked by other legislators, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is now talking about video game control.

Speaking to an audience of about 500 at a San Francisco event, Feinstein said “If Sandy Hook doesn’t do it … then maybe we have to proceed, but that is in the future,” and “a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that.”  

She said this in light of evidence that Adam Lanza, the shooter, was a fan of “Call of Duty” and “Starcraft,” two of the most popular — that is to say common, mainstream — video games series ever made.

Feinstein is not the first person to come to this conclusion. Sen. Joe Lieberman said “The violence in the entertainment culture — particularly, with the extraordinary realism to video games, movies now, et cetera — does cause vulnerable young men to be more violent,” after the Newtown shooting spree.

“Very often, these young men have had an almost hypnotic involvement in some form of violence in our entertainment culture, particularly violent video games, and then they obtain guns and become not just troubled young men but mass murderers,” Lieberman added.

Colorado Governer John Hickenlooper is on the same page. “There might well be some direct connection between people who have some mental instability and when they go over the edge – they transport themselves, they become part of one of those video games. Perhaps that’s why all these assault weapons are used.”

The NRA’s own Wayne LaPierre has also pointed the finger at video games. “There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people. Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse.”

Even Donald Trump has chimed in. “Video game violence and glorification must be stopped — it is creating monsters!”

But there’s a problem with this. Just as the number of guns and gun owners has increased as violence and mass killings become less common, so has the popularity of video games, including violent video games.


“Grant Duwe, a criminologist with the Minnesota Department of Corrections who has written a history of mass murders in America, said that while mass shootings rose between the 1960s and the 1990s, they actually dropped in the 2000s. And mass killings actually reached their peak in 1929, according to his data. He estimates that there were 32 in the 1980s, 42 in the 1990s and 26 in the first decade of the century.

“Chances of being killed in a mass shooting, he says, are probably no greater than being struck by lightning.”

However the chances of owning a copy from the “Call of Duty” series is considerably higher, with estimates putting the number of copies sold at well over 100 million, and that’s just one franchise.

And the industry has taken note of that. With legislators talking about establishing some type of video game control, it’s important to recognize that the industry already has a voluntary ratings system in place, on that’s considered to be more effective than the film industry’s.

According to the FTC, “Only 13 percent of underage shoppers were able to purchase M-rated video games, while … 24 percent were able to purchase tickets to R-rated movies.”

If Feinstein does attempt some type of video game control, it will be an uphill battle, as not only do video gamers make up a sizable percentage of the nation, but the Supreme Court has also held that video games constitute protected First Amendment speech.

“‘As a means of assisting concerned parents it (the law) is seriously overinclusive because it abridges the First Amendment rights of young people whose parents (and aunts and uncles) think violent video games are a harmless pastime,’ wrote Justice Antonin Scalia for the majority.”

After Feinstein finishes with video games, which amendment do you think she’ll go after next?

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12 Responses to Feinstein Now Talking Video Game Control

  1. David Kidd says:

    Mrs. Frankenstein and all the rest can now go after Hollywood it sounds like. All the violence in movies, etc. We all know this is BS…It has nothing to do with videos or movies and more to do with gun control through false flags. Problem-solution tactic…it’s so obvious.

  2. Demand A Plan says:

    If frankenstein (lower case used due to disrespect) is what passes for leadership in Kalifornia, then I have to say that the rest of the nation seriously needs to consider ejecting Kalifornia from the Union for their own safety. This [email protected] is absolutely bat shit crazy with power lust. Get rid of her already!

    • diggerdan says:

      Yep Demand A Plan, I do the same thing with that “lower case” thing you mention. It is a good way of showin` disrespect without name callin`. I wish more people would do that instead doing a bunch of name calling, I do some name calling sometimes myself though although I usualy try to refrain from doing that name calling stuff. 🙂

  3. Large Scale Aggressor says:

    Let these c**ksuckers like fineswine keep alienating more and more Americans, soon they’ll be all alone with 100 million guns aimed at them.

  4. Ben says:

    The intent is to condition the “peasants” to grovel in horror, at the sight of a weapon, in this way, ONLY the “Lords and Nobles” would be the ones carrying firearms.

    Same as the “peasants” in the Middle Ages,- who were not allowed to touch swords.

    The kiddies are being conditioned from Kinder, up. No paper guns, No gestures. No sandwiches that look like a weapon. God help them if the kiddies stray.

  5. NC says:

    Man, this ogre needs to find a friend or get a life, fast. I can recommend Shrek and an ass for her. Of course that would be an insult to Shrek and the ass. She must be really bored if she is now talking about guns in relation to video games.

  6. NC says:

    “Sen. Joe Lieberman said “The violence in the entertainment culture — particularly, with the extraordinary realism to video games, movies now, et cetera — does cause vulnerable young men to be more violent,” after the Newtown shooting spree.”

    Of course old Joey and Fienstein have no problem with the U.S. military training with these games like Call of Duty and so on. I mean as long as it’s the government, it’s fine. But of course, as soon as they are discharged from duty, all of a sudden they are labeled with mental disorders and are not allowed to play violent video games ever again. Does anyone else see the insanity? What a bunch of sick, pyschopathic hypocrites.

  7. John W. says:

    The people of California voted her in, it’s up to them to vote her out. How come we’ve only been seeing this within the past 20-30 years with video games?. The generations before that played some violent games, and there was never any mass shootings. Must be something with that GMO food.

    • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

      The only thing she’s got coming by way of a vote of ANY kind is voting on who gets to drop the trapdoor.

      As for violent video games, obviously the inventor of Pong is to blame.

    • Tom says:

      Now that I think about, didn’t video games come into existence at around the same time as the massive rise in the numbers of people on anti-depressants? Could this be a planned one-two punch to enhance the fantasies of mass murder at the same time as creating a class of drugged people prone to carrying out their fantasies?

      In Lt. Col. David Grossman’s book _On Killing_ he describes the historical difficulty of getting most men to kill in combat. Normal humans have a natural revulsion to killing other humans. With special training, in Vietnam they were finally able to get the percent of soldiers willing to shoot-to-kill up to previously unheard of highs.

      In his concluding chapter Grossman points out that one of the US Army’s methods is video game combat simulation, with, you guessed it, Nintendo getting the contract for the training. Perhaps it isn’t video games per se Feinstein is against, but the fact of so many civilians getting what she would rather stayed propriety military operant conditioning.

      I didn’t hear her speaking out against the “no hesitation” targets…..

      • John W. says:

        The games may only be one factor but not the only one. I’ve played some of those games myself a few years ago, and not even for a second did I forget that it’s only a game. I knew I couldn’t go out and raise hell like that on the public.

  8. Pete says:

    If her original bill was headed to the floor for a vote you would be hearing
    none of this BS. She’s just trying to save face, her problem is there just
    isn’t enough plastic surgeons to giterdone.

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