You’re going to hear from a lot of liberals that We have to do something in the wake of Newtown. Complacency is not an option and We can’t just shrug and do nothing and The fierce urgency of now and other such slogans will be bandied about. We’re going to be told that We need to have a national discussion about guns even as one side shouts the other down as child-murdering dilettantes who just want moar gunz.
And then—as it becomes clear that little will happen in the realm of firearms because the NRA is a powerful bloc with a huge number of voters that Democrats in red states really, really don’t want to cross—the attention will turn. There’s so much violence in the media, we’ll hear. Television shows glorify mass murderers and Movies are just so violent these days! we will be told. Fortunately, the Supreme Court has basically shut down efforts to regulate TV, movies, and other forms of mass media. But what about other avenues? All of these video games, do they really need to be so violent? is the question that will come next. Studies show that video games lead to murder! ideologues will shout. Why are we teaching our kids to kill? Don’t believe me?
In NFL post-game: an ad for shoot ‘em up video game. All for curbing weapons of war.But shouldn’t we also quit marketing murder as a game?
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 17, 2012
My point? Just this: Gamers should be extremely, extremely wary about the liberal impulse to “do something” in the wake of a tragedy. Guns aren’t going anywhere. Video games about war marketed to easily impressed teens and young adults (the demographic that tends to commit mass murder)? Well, they’re slightly less secure.