Comment of the Week: We Need to Make Hard Choices
Recently, a former FBI profiler and risk assessor explained that video games aren’t the root of the violent outbursts that have caused tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut, but that they can be a risk factor. While this additional expert has added her voice to a growing choir, Game Front reader JawaEsteban believes that nothing will change until we observe a major paradigm shift in the way we handle at-risk individuals. He wrote:
“The sad thing is it’s basically only the gaming community that this information is already obvious to. The rest of the country is still sofa king ignorant. Games cause people to have violent episodes like spoons cause people to get fat. Obviously, individuals who are already f’ed in the head should not be playing anything M-rated. They also should not be allowed access to any movies rated higher than PG. And they definitely shouldn’t be allowed to possess anything sharper and more dangerous than a tennis ball. The point is that until Americans decide to get serious about actually physically quarantining mentally f’ed up people until they get treatment, this is all just stupid smoke and mirrors. Of course, that would actually require making some hard choices and having some adult conversations, and we can’t have that.”
Bonus points for so adeptly overcoming our word censors.