I watched a show tonight about the proclivity of children who actively play video games with violence at a young age with psychological disorder. The psychologist suggests that they could very much be at risk for causing occurrences like what happened recently in New Town, Connecticut.
In 1983, the summer after my first year in college, a took my first very long vacation to two places: New Town, Connecticut and Bronx, New York to visit two college friends. My trip to New Town was an interesting one. The father of the girl I was visiting happened to have come out of the closet (at a time when it wasn’t cool at all to come out) as a gay man to his family that year, but was still living under the same roof. I remember something very clearly about my first evening there. The mother of my friend said to her husband, “There will be no playing around with our guest!” Even though, they left me alone with him after everyone went to sleep.
I was really taken aback by that comment, because her husband was about 25 years older than I. Also, I wouldn’t have imagined doing something so uncouth in the home of my friend. That aside, I remembered the small town and its quaint beauty. Most of the people in that town were upper middle class to wealthy people. I’d imagine that a disaster of this nature was nothing that anyone living there ever expected.
But gun and bullet control is something that affects all of us. I heard a story last night on the news that some schools were planning to license all the teachers to carry guns. I thought, how ridiculous can we get? This would cause accidental shootings, theft of teacher’s guns, probably more mayhem than any one acting on this premise can imagine.
I go back to the title of my blog: Fun Control—obviously a play on words. Is there really any fun to a game that shoots hundreds of people and leaves them dead in the wake of your demolition? I can’t imagine letting my child play any such game. But I also don’t have the testosterone most males have who go out and shoot for sport.
Hunting never has made sense to me since the first time my brother took me out hunting. I tucked the 22 rifle under my arm securely, as I was taught, and aimed at a bird in a tree. When I pulled the trigger, I never expected to see this beautiful creature explode in front of me for no earthly reason, but for my explicit pleasure.
I cried so hard my brother had to take me home. No more hunting for young Bo. The licensing fee for me was lost that year.
I swerved in the car today and almost wrecked trying to save a squirrel. I catch flies in the house with my hands and take them outside. For most of my life I have been a vegetarian..
Take a child to a farm and ask that child to watch the slaying of an animal. Then afterwards have that same animal for dinner that evening. Your child will be traumatized and probably won’t eat meat for a while. In fact, when you ask most meat eaters, they would prefer not to talk about how what they are eating has been killed. It just isn’t a pleasant thought.
When we take this thought for an innocent animal and exponentially multiply it by thousands, we finally get to what it might feel like to kill another human being. Yet, we scorch the minds of our youth with videos and killing games that make them numb to the idea that killing doesn’t have a cause or effect. It’s just a game, we say.
Is gun control actually fun control? It’s for us to decide. I think we need to start deciding now.
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