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The Visualized Violence of Video-games


If you are a young American male, there is a good chance that you have fond memories of shooting your friends in the face. Strangers, too. You probably have a weapon of choice, and you might even have an opinion regarding the effectiveness of the M4A1 Carbine versus the AK-47. Whether you're using automatic or semi-automatic rifles, you know how to maximize your kills before you run out of ammo.

Something like 90% of American children play video games, and a large percentage of those games depict violence. Shooter games are, of course, a favorite for boys. For some reason, American parents have decided that it is a good idea to let their young, asocial boys lock themselves in their rooms and visualize killing for hours per day. Whatever your politics, you should be able to recognize that this is not the best idea.

What I have said so far is obviously true, but you hate me for saying it. After all, you love playing Call of Duty and there is no risk that you'll ever become a mass shooter. Taking away your freedom to play violent video games won't make anyo