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Senator Feinstein: We Need Video Game Control 424

ducomputergeek writes "Since the assault weapons ban seems to have died in Congress, it looks like Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) now turning her attention to video games...again. '"If Sandy Hook doesn't [make game publishers change] then maybe we have to proceed, but that is in the future," said Feinstein. She went on to claim that video games play "a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that."' Yet, as the article points out, since the introduction of games like DOOM, the crime rate in the U.S. has gone down. Dramatically. Correlation != causation, and all that jazz, but there are a lot of violent video games these days and yet crime has continued to go down."
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Senator Feinstein: We Need Video Game Control

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  • by X0563511 (793323) on Friday April 05, 2013 @03:37PM (#43372487) Homepage Journal

    News at 11...

  • by He Who Has No Name (768306) on Friday April 05, 2013 @03:42PM (#43372541)

    Every time she opens her mouth these days, stronger and stronger derp comes out.

    Recently she's gotten up to weapons-grade stupid. Time for her to go.

  • by JDG1980 (2438906) on Friday April 05, 2013 @03:43PM (#43372547)

    What part of the First Amendment doesn't Diane Feinstein understand? The courts have (rightly) ruled that video games are a constitutionally protected art form. The government has no more right to censor video games than they do books, plays, movies, or any other type of media.

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Friday April 05, 2013 @03:49PM (#43372655) Journal

    Just classify them as "Obscene". Nobody actually seems to know what that is; but rigorous empirical study has allowed me to reach the conclusion that, functionally, "Obscene" is a shorthand term for "It isn't covered by the first amendment if it hurts my feelings sufficiently".

  • by PortHaven (242123) on Friday April 05, 2013 @03:51PM (#43372687) Homepage

    OR in otherwords.

    STFU Feinstein....pass the stupid budget...balance it...or we'll beat you to death with our Halo 4 game box.

  • Re:Duh. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Friday April 05, 2013 @03:52PM (#43372707) Journal

    I'm honestly surprised that Angry Birds has avoided controversy.

    You control a bunch of birds, who are enraged by something or other, and conduct a series of suicide bombings targeting pigs(of all ages, combatants and noncombatants) and their infrastructure. Unless you succeed in porcine genocide, you lose the level.

    I somehow imagine a 1 for 1 sprite swap called "Jihad Jump!" would not be a smash hit to quite the same degree...

  • by gstoddart (321705) on Friday April 05, 2013 @03:54PM (#43372723) Homepage

    What's really newsworthy about this? The NRA and Feinstein agreeing on something...

    Well, Feinstein has figured out banning the guns won't work, and the NRA just want to Blame Someone Else.

    I wouldn't go around thinking they've suddenly agreed about something.

  • by fustakrakich (1673220) on Friday April 05, 2013 @04:10PM (#43372947) Journal

    No, she is a disgrace to the ideals of freedom.

  • by PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) on Friday April 05, 2013 @04:14PM (#43372997)

    The NRA and Feinstein agreeing on something...

    Video games don't commit crimes . . . children commit crimes! It's really about high time that we start cracking down on the real problem, children.

    . . . or, maybe . . . like, criminals . . . ?

  • Re: Obscene (Score:3, Insightful)

    by SpaceManFlip (2720507) on Friday April 05, 2013 @04:15PM (#43373001)
    I will see your call of "Bullshit" and raise you 1 citation of Current Law: []

    In the USA, fortunately, no one person holds all the political power.

  • by ShanghaiBill (739463) * on Friday April 05, 2013 @04:21PM (#43373065)

    She is a disgrace to the ideals of liberalism.

    No, she is a disgrace to the ideals of freedom.

    False dichotomy. Why can't she be a disgrace to the ideals of both freedom and liberalism?

    As a Californian, I am ashamed to have this woman as my senator. She is a supporter of big government, big debts, and social authoritarianism. I don't understand why anyone would vote for her. Even the pathetic candidates nominated by the Republicans would have been an improvement.

  • by amiga3D (567632) on Friday April 05, 2013 @04:31PM (#43373175)

    The NRA is a group of people, a large group composed of several million people. Considering they are almost all gun enthusiasts you can figure that most of them own several guns and buy guns on a routine basis. I'd think that the gun manufacturers actually defer to the NRA. It's that large membership that almost all vote that gives the NRA it's power. In the South here to offend the NRA is often to fail re-election, even mamy Democratic politicians here are members.

  • by amiga3D (567632) on Friday April 05, 2013 @04:35PM (#43373233)

    It pisses me off too. The purpose of the second amendment is to furnish the means to guarantee the first amendment.

  • by alexander_686 (957440) on Friday April 05, 2013 @05:25PM (#43373697)

    While I am not a progressive (I am a pragmatic Liberation)), liberty, equality and justice are things that they believe in – but you have to look at the historical roots. Progressives want to use regulations to level the playing field so everybody has access.

    Liberalism assumes that individual can make better choices about their lives then government. One of the assumptions is that individuals can enter into free exchanges with other people – but what if they can’t? Progressivism came to force back in the Gilded age – an age when there was a extreme imbalance of power between monopolies and the individual. Yes – individuals had a choice – they could either make a bad choice or op out of the system. (railroads were a popular example, but I would use high speed internet connection now – we Americans are mostly offered 2 poor choices in terms of cable / DSL by entrenched monopolies) .

  • by atriusofbricia (686672) on Friday April 05, 2013 @05:34PM (#43373753) Journal

    Why? This makes perfect sense.

    Feinstein has to be doing something, that is how she will get reelected. The NRA is willing to do anything the gun manufacturers want, that is who they really represent.

    Either one will support anything that does not infringe on the groups they actually represent, the rich and the gun manufacturers respectively, the more publicity the better for them.

    Evidence : []

    You're quoting a hard core gun control group known to fabricate "evidence" and hoping to capitalize on people's confusion to trick them into supporting their agenda as "proof" that the NRA really represents the "rich and gun manufacturers"? You've got to be kidding me.

    VPC: "The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons."

    Translation: "We can lie to people and encourage them to think that we're talking about machine guns when we're really talking about simple rifles that look scary!"

    Source: []

Mathematics is the only science where one never knows what one is talking about nor whether what is said is true. -- Russell