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23 minutes ago, Ridgewalk said:

Perhaps we have a problem with violence as well ?

We definitely do.

 

Which is part of why we aren't allowed guns.

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6 hours ago, Ridgewalk said:

To us non gun toting Brits it is hard to fathom  a culture where mass shootings by lone unhinged people appear to happen quite frequently.

 

In other news a six year old French national has been thrown off the 10th floor of a building by a 17 year old, in the UKs most visited tourist spot, and English Rugby fans have been fighting at a rugby match in southern France.

 

Perhaps we have a problem with violence as well ?

It wasn't just the fans fighting at the rugby match.  The violence happened in synchrony with a mass brawl and punch up on the pitch too, for which half a dozen players have already received bans between 1 and 4 matches, with another one awaiting a tribunal which could result in a ban in the region of 4-6 matches.  The incident resulted in 2 red cards and (I think) 4 yellows.

 

It has no place in our sport, or in sport in general, but in rugby it's rare.  I'm more worried about the growth in knife crime though.

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13 hours ago, Ridgewalk said:

To us non gun toting Brits it is hard to fathom  a culture where mass shootings by lone unhinged people appear to happen quite frequently.

 

In other news a six year old French national has been thrown off the 10th floor of a building by a 17 year old, in the UKs most visited tourist spot, and English Rugby fans have been fighting at a rugby match in southern France.

 

Perhaps we have a problem with violence as well ?

We do, but thankfully what we DONT have is a second amendment that allows the violence to reach such extremes.  These common massacres are just the tip of the iceberg, dont forget the number of one off shootings that are just the normal routine in the land of the loon

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16 hours ago, taxman said:

Trump is now blaming violent video games and the internet and claiming that the shooters were mentally ill.

 

No mention of gun laws.

He ought to look at Japan then- pioneers of video games and yet one of the most peaceful countries in the world.

 

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33 minutes ago, Mr Fisk said:

He ought to look at Japan then- pioneers of video games and yet one of the most peaceful countries in the world.

But then, Japan also has some of the strictest anti-gun ownership legislation on earth.

 

Fully agree on the sentiment all the same.

 

Videogames-blaming, whenever a mass shooting occurs, is an argument that must be going back to what? About 30-35 years, by now? (Doom & Mortal Kombat, beloved of the 'antis' in context, date back to '92-93). Long scientifically-investigated and disproved since, as well.

 

Americans are, all things considered, in all likelihood no more violent nor deranged than in any other 1st world nation. Mass casualty-producing shootings in the US are simply down to the ease of acquisition, legal or not, of high-powered, high-magazine capacity firearms.

 

There isn't a single European country I know, where a private individual can legally buy a semi-automatic (never mind fully automatic) rifle in 5.56, 7.62 or 7.92 calibre (Swiss reservists excluded). In the US, they just about sell them in Walmart's.

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17 hours ago, taxman said:

Trump is now blaming violent video games and the internet and claiming that the shooters were mentally ill.

 

No mention of gun laws.

He is probably right. Mortal Kombat, Doom and Tomb Raider are terribly violent. Its only natural that after playing one of these "games" someone would turn postal.

Ban video games. Thats the answer.

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2 hours ago, L00b said:

But then, Japan also has some of the strictest anti-gun ownership legislation on earth.

 

Fully agree on the sentiment all the same.

 

Videogames-blaming, whenever a mass shooting occurs, is an argument that must be going back to what? About 30-35 years, by now? (Doom & Mortal Kombat, beloved of the 'antis' in context, date back to '92-93). Long scientifically-investigated and disproved since, as well.

 

Americans are, all things considered, in all likelihood no more violent nor deranged than in any other 1st world nation. Mass casualty-producing shootings in the US are simply down to the ease of acquisition, legal or not, of high-powered, high-magazine capacity firearms.

 

There isn't a single European country I know, where a private individual can legally buy a semi-automatic (never mind fully automatic) rifle in 5.56, 7.62 or 7.92 calibre (Swiss reservists excluded). In the US, they just about sell them in Walmart's.

Good post.

 

That is the crux of the matter- until gun laws change, America will continue to have these mass shootings.

 

Whether the shooter has motive or not.

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2 hours ago, Waj said:

He is probably right. Mortal Kombat, Doom and Tomb Raider are terribly violent. Its only natural that after playing one of these "games" someone would turn postal.

Ban video games. Thats the answer.

Now this time you are being sarcastic, right!? 

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1 hour ago, Robin-H said:

Now this time you are being sarcastic, right!? 

Yes. You can rest easy. That was 100% sarcasm.

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