Our country has a violent gun death problem. We have a mass shooting problem that has reached epidemic proportions. But, it is completely wrong to blame video games.
The charts above show that out of the top ten countries where video games are bought (and played) the most, only the United States has the demonstrable issue with gun violence. And the reason for that is clear.
We have a culture of violence that allows and even encourages mass shootings. We have an inciter-in-chief that stirs up hatred and violence at every opportunity, spewing racist and xenophobic rants to rally his base. We have the Senate Majority leader who has been bought and paid for by the NRA and Moscow. He refuses to even allow discussion on gun control.
The problem is not video games. The problem is rotten leadership.
I fought to protect the right of my fellow citizens to have the freedom to demonstrate their beliefs. What might be disrespectful or offensive to me might be a deeply held belief for someone else. We have become far too sensitive to “slightly offensive behavior,” while totally ignoring and turning a blind eye to truly offensive actions that we need to speak out against.
While the White House waffles and delays any significant response to the deadliest mass shooting in US history, at least one member of Congress tell it like it is. #BLOTUS and his cronies are not about to antagonize their base by taking action. Where does it stop?
Not all 19 year olds are created equal. When I was 19 I didn’t have a gun. I had a rifle. And my life and the lives of all my fellow Marines around me depended on it. But then Mt Bloomberg didn’t go to Viet Nam and never faced someone whose sole purpose in life was to end yours.
Success, at least to me, is like gun control. Success simply means you hit your target. You accomplish what you’re aiming to do.
And like gun control, success says nothing about aiming at the correct target. What is needed, desperately needed, according to the Dalai Lama, is better target acquisition. The world needs folks who want to have lives of true significance. That means people who choose to aim at the right target.
The Dali Lama’s list is a damned good place to start.