Roundup of Responses to Our Shows Related to the Newtown Shooting
Forum produced three shows related to the shooting in Newtown, CT: on gun control, mental health care, and violence in the media, respectively. We received hundreds of comments on these shows. Here are some noteworthy and representative responses that we received.
- As a gun owner who's stood silently by as the extreme wing of the NRA has claimed to speak for me, I feel partly responsible for the massacre at Sandy Hook. I call on sportsmen and responsible gun owners nationwide to say "not in my name" and to support reasonable restrictions on the sale and transfer of weapons designed solely to kill as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. The first rule of gun ownership is personal responsibility. Let's show some.
- Another eight children were killed by firearms in the US yesterday. That happens every day, day after day, in America. Almost 3,000 gun-related child deaths each year, 90% by homicide or suicide. Tell me again why slavish strict interpretation of the second amendment is a good thing. Explain it to me like I was six years old.
- Violent media is like sugar, to the vast majority of us it's not a good thing, but neither is it a bad thing. However to a diabetic sugar is a critical issue. But the key is not to ban sugar across the board, it's to identify and treat the diabetic. It's one person in millions that has the kind of mental or emotional state to commit acts like this, the solution is to identify and treat them!
- I work in the game industry and because of that, my life revolves around making games, knowing people that make games, and just about every single person that I talk to every day, have grown up gamers. If violent video games make a person violent, then by that logic, every single one of us should be deranged psychopaths. That's not true.
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