Are They Trying to Make Society Fear Video Games or Firearms?
Without fault, every single time a horrible event happens such as a mass shooting, video games are immediately targetted. Yet, no one truly does anything about this, do they? Odd, isn’t it? That video games remain unchanged, sell as well as usual, and people forget about it after the dust falls. The media even ceases to talk about it…entirely. Radio silence.
Which leads me to believe this is just the work of certain news outlets, perhaps, using a tragic event to prey on people’s mental illnesses in order to create fake mass hysteria about something that science can’t even prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
That’s correct, I don’t believe there is any sort of correlation between playing video games and committing acts of violence in real life. But, don’t take my word for it.
Let’s look at the facts:
As of 2019, there are 7.7 billion human beings currently living on this planet, and out of those 7.7 billion, 2.2 billion people are estimated to be gamers Three-quarters of the population are gamers! You can probably see where I’m going with this, but let’s get into it for the people in the back.
There have been 255 mass shootings this year in which equals to the same amount of people committing those shootings as they almost exclusively act alone. So out of roughly 400 million people that live in the United States, 255 happen to be mass shooters. If we pretend, for the sake of the argument, that three-quarter of these were gamers then that means that a mere 72 of those were gamers. That’s too low of a percentage to suggest anything close to correlation, let alone cause media outlets to talk about this like it’s actual fact.
Sure, we could perform this exercise for more than just gun violence, for any type of crime really, but what purpose would it serve when the media solely focus on gun violence when discussing the theory that video games make us into murderers. Odd, isn’t it?
The Harsh Truth:
If you’ve agreed with me up until this point, then you probably realize that someone somewhere wants people to fear firearms so we, the upright citizens, will hand them over to the ‘authorities’ without a second thought. It’s much easier to govern 7.7 billion people who all think alike, but it’s even easier to make them do whatever you want if they don’t have access to firearms – if they can’t defend themselves.
Call this a conspiracy theory if you want, but you don’t need to wrap your head in tin foil to realize that this is where the debate of banning firearms is coming from. Control. Complete control of the state over the people. Tyranny. Dictatorship.
The harsh truth is, they’re using video games as a scapegoat, promoting this idea that they’re dangerous to a mostly gullible population that will take this to heart, although the one thing they will remember from this is the issue is that guns=bad. And that’s exactly what ‘they’ want.
I’m Not Saying This To Scare You.
On the contrary, I want to make you truly think about the implications of this issue. Instead of just fear-mongering like the media loves and enjoys to do, let’s discuss the psychological implications of violence and video games and what may actually be the cause of mass shootings.
This is where we’re leaving stats behind, and entering the murky and grey waters of psychology and the human mind. Much of it, actually, is uncharted territory. Yet what we do know is enough to draw a conclusion as to what is happening in society today.
You’ve probably seen a lot of news reports staying something along the lines of “Exemplary student from (whatever state) commits mass murder. No criminal background.” Let’s break this down, and why the media often puts the emphasis on the fact that prior to this crime, the murderer seemed normal.
Ignoring Mental Health:
The inability for people to understand this comes from two major issues. They overlook mental illness, as is the norm now apparently, and most importantly, they don’t realize most of the world’s population have no idea how to cope with the harsh reality of life.
Not only does the media want to incite fear that the nice boy next door could be a mass murderer, but they’re also not offering any kind of solution or answer as to why someone without a criminal past, suddenly open fire on innocent people.
When a person snaps, it’s because of these two things. If you are not coping with trauma or smaller issues, it will fester and often develop in the form of a mental illness such as anxiety, PTSD and most commonly, depression. Now, if the issue is still not addressed, these conditions can become extremely severe, especially depression and anxiety. And combined, the two of them can create a heck of a molotov cocktail.
People too often overlook the fact that severe depression is not only marked by a presence of extreme sadness and feeling of general emptiness, but also extreme anger. One side can drive someone to suicide, while the other, can drive someone to kill. Both of these feelings are extreme and once someone reaches that point, they have lost all rationality in their thinking and their actions alike.
As a society, I believe we’ve collectively been really great at one thing in particular: ignoring and running away from our problems. It’s no surprise that around 1 in 12 adults are affected by depression and I fear it’ll only grow as the years go by.
And sure, we could hypothesize that an acute addiction to video games could potentially cause depression and if not addressed, could, in turn, lead someone to commit a violent act. But as we’ve discussed earlier, the percentage of mass shooters versus the entire gamer population, versus the people who are actually affected by depression and anxiety, is still too low to draw any sort of conclusion.
On the subject of conclusions:
I believe that the number 1 culprit in the rise of mass shootings is a direct result of our lazy attitude towards taking care of our mental health, and our general apathy and disdain for ourselves and our past mistakes or trauma.
I believe that the inability to cope with these issues can often manifest in anger. Why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this? Am I being punished? All these feelings manifest to certain degrees, and if the person does not consult a professional, or doesn’t even talk about it with anyone else then these repressed feelings and emotions can become too intense for one person to bear. Eventually, they will need to share that pain and instead of using words, they will most likely use violence.
I believe that this cry for help is a last resort and once they realize that taking innocent’s lives didn’t make them feel any better, they come to find that they cannot live with what they’ve done, so they end their life.
This is the unfortunate reality we live it, and if we continue to ignore mental health, then it’ll only keep happening over and over again.
Please, take care of yourselves and don’t be ashamed to seek help.
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