Gun Violence, War, and War Video Simulations
It doesn’t take gun culture to get some of us to kill, Chimps do it and a few badly traumatized Bonobo monkey orphans, separated from their culture.
When it comes to humans there has been a dramatic hardly noticed shift since World War II. A particularly meticulous general, General Marshal, reported back that 80 percent of the soldiers never directly shot at an enemy face or body. They would carry ammunition, even risk death in a heroic mission to pull a wounded comrade out of direct fire but still not fire directly at a human being. Then came video training and civilian videos and now a perhaps 60% to 90 % increase (statistics are rough estimates) in increases in direct combat killings, and veteran suicides, and murders. Since in the old days people fell on a gun or more often than today officially accidentally shot a friend, good statistics are a problem,
The change today,
I wonder if old-fashioned war nurses that never fired or trained with guns had much less suicides or those especially Seven Day Adventists drafted 1-A-0 not 1-A during Vietnam and before ended up with far less suicides. Back before Vietnam, I dreamed of becoming a heroic Male War Nurse with the Seven Day Adventist I AO draftees. Research on traumatized Seven Day Adventist non-combatants is needed when understanding how war training, war, suicides and murder relate
If one gets mad enough to kill blood unexpectedly splashing in one’s face would make one pause and reconsider for at least a moment. Less training is more effective than less firepower in slowing gun deaths. If President Obama actually succeeded in actually stopping people from using fast guns, a frustrated James Holmes might have pre-set a fire and hid with a long gun, shooting people leaving the theater, like the Capitol Beltway sniper attacks and Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden who hid with a long gun in the woods attacking the school after setting getting the fire alarm to go off. More incidents with less reason for anger, not more and more firepower is the problem.
There has been a second diagrammatic shift that hasn’t been fully noticed. After the Batman movie rampage, bloggers reminded us that Batman and other comics were once thought to be decadent and teaching unwholesome values, Today due to blogs preventing belated comments it’s hard to point out that today that interacting with a computer screen day and night, nodding off in front of the screen the only diversion until collapsing from dehydration, or a blood clot getting in the way, supposedly has nothing to due with being taught bad values. Remember when Ancient Rome was considered decadent because of the feasts where people would keep eating use the vomitorium which was a was supposedly a separate room from the bathroom and eat some more. Actually servants cleaned up the slop surrounding the tables of large parties and drinking bashes. Today people have more fun than the ancient Romans while collapsing from dehydration or a blood clot. A few games like "Call-of-Duty" have breaks in the action when everyone but one is supposedly dead until a new session begins. This break in the action like the old TV addict intermissions for commercials enables participants time to freshen up during these breaks.
The far-right fringe killer who attacked at a Norwegian youth camp spent six months day and night playing Call-of-Duty before moving to the country to practice. He corresponded in a friendly way with like-minded gamers including Muslim gamers. The French al Qaeda admirer who attacked a Jewish Orthodox School, was a self-described Call-of-Duty addict as was his Muslim friends, maybe some of the same ones who would never listen to decadent western music. Though perhaps I hope Heroin Addiction is a different word then used for cocaine addiction in Arabic. If we aren’t alarmed that little kids beg mommie to buy them that cool video game perhaps we can be alarmed that Western haters admire our games.
Mark Bradford 46 kept being insulted by a little boys bragging insults after being repeatedly beaten in the game. He found the boy (grown-man-hunts-strangles-boy-over-call-of-duty-game) Also see the link of little children begging mommy for that cool Call-of-Duty video game, http://www.destructoid.com/why-do-the-kids-love-call-of-duty--204608.phtm
If it had been the boy’s male organs, that was squeezed, the the adult-only label would there after have been enforced.
Adam Lanza, the American who attacked a Connecticut elementary school, was becoming dangerously thin as he endlessly interacted with Call-of-Duty in his windowless basement bed and computer room, snarling at his mother whenever she brought some food down,
Something weird is going on, cell phone texting addicts sometimes discover that they sent a jumbled text message to a friend when they woke up in the morning, some discover later that they sent a jumbled message while driving. People sleepwalking to the bathroom at night had been reported long before technology addictions occurred. Sleepwalking can involve quite complicated tasks,
Perhaps the reason some lately have collapsed from dehydration is that due to bottled water, drinking from the sink is no longer part of people’s routine when going to the bathroom at night.
For Adam Lanza, he must have quickly went on the the next game without eating first. Peter Wlasuk, a plumber who was frequently called to the mansion found two friendly kids who liked to quote gun facts until the older brother moved out. He found the windowless basement, with its gun and tank posters, and at first the two kids then one, when his brother moved out. Since most didn’t find Adam talkative I suspect Adam flushed paper towels down the toilet while sleepwalking, making the plumber a frequent enough guest to become a friend.
Just think if his mother Nancy Lanza had the foresight to include a Nutriment wafer, next to the water bottle in the bathroom, Adam Lanza would still be down in his self-made prison cell and the kids at the elementary school very much alive preparing (if they were rich enough) their own cocoons to play video -games every moment for the rest of their lives. Perhaps an exercise bike with a timer recording miles pushed and Lanza’s mother getting snared at by Adam only when the pedals hadn’t been turned. Or perhaps the first five minutes of the latest Call-of-Duty updates to include stationary bike exercise or a 10 minute break after everyone is dead before a new Call-of-Duty segment would started.
There was once a war against booze that drifted into a war against communism and commie tainted subversives that drifted into a war against drugs, a war against terror, now Obama is refilling the school-to-prison pipeline with a new generation of prisoners. Google school-to-prison pipeline with Advancement Project, ACLU and NAACP. Almost any human being would become a straw purchaser when cornered by a goon, especially if they partly first thought they would keep that gun to protect themselves against that goon.
Australia had positive success banning assault guns, but they had a very expensive buy back program paying top dollar for the guns already in Australia. In England however bans at first led to gun deaths going up and every slowing going down again as less and less guns were available, now with more gun games and more veterans gun deaths are going up again
Just think if the government would provide and would FedEx bottled water and Nutriment to gamers, also free heroin and cocaine to addicts and free booze to alcoholics on the condition that the would never be seen out of their homes, the US could change from being the most prison enclosed country in the world to one filled with self-imprisoned prisoners instead.
Mandating a minute break every 15 minutes of video may stop some,i f not all of the gun rampages, especially if it could be enforced as well during Armed Forces basic training video exercises.
Every time there is a violent rampage a few blamed it on war and war games, and or violent video
One site against banning violent video like Call-of-Duty listed those Congressional Reps and organizations opposing violent video games. I think it could be very helpful in helping those of us who want sense-able video laws to find each other and get together. In the past when I posted a site for the purpose counter to what it wanted it disappeared so I saved it this time,
Please don’t forget to see children begging for mommy to buy a cool video game Call of Duty,
Richard is retired in Philadelphia Senior Housing, a recovering Luddite who is learning computer efficiency and to use a walker at the same time.
Personal contact at, RichardKanePA.blogspot.com
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