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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013 7:30 p.m. MST

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DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Good on Jim Matheson for daring to take on one of the left's sacred cows!

Anyone opposed to this is guilty of helping train killers like the Connecticut guy.

one old man
Ogden, UT

And now the GOP and rightwingers will be screaming that Matheson is trampling the Constitution again.

But I'll bet that if this had come from one of them, the tune would be entirely different.

Wait --- didn't I hear something like this from the NRA?

trueblue87
Provo, UT

saying that anyone opposed to this legislation is guilty of training killers is just plain ignorance. Whether or not this legislation passes it will only have the same effect as on R rated movies. The problem is not the rating or not. The problem is parents. I've seen many times where parents will let their child watch a movie or show that is clearly not age appropriate.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

20 children are murdered, gunned down in elementary school.

No gun legislation.

Ban video games.

We should also ban sewing machines...

to defer the impact of salmon.

Real solutions needed please.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Ban the games, don't ban the games, freedom of speech, censorship. And presented by a Democrat. Boy there will be some people struggling with this.

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

When will one of the other Utah delegates other than Orrin Hatch make a break from the "right wing masters"?

Another Perspective
Bountiful, UT

So long as we are willing to trample on the constitution to solve the gun violence problem, why not ban violent video games?

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Why not ban video games?

Because it is irrelevant, and off topic.

Video games did not kill 20 children last month in elementary school.

Guns did.

Schwa
South Jordan, UT

Anyone who thinks video games train killers has obviously never played a video game. I've played more video games than I could possible recount. Not only am I a total pacifist, but I don't have the first clue how to properly handle a firearm.

People try to tell me that guns don't kill people, people do. But now they are telling me that video games also do? Please, go away.

Patrick Henry
West Jordan, UT

Representative Matheson....good job! Keep violent products out of the hands of children! If they want it their parents have to buy it for them.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

So video games kill but guns don't? please stop with the silly slight of hands Matheson, stop being a sock puppet for the NRA

summit_heights
USA, UT

People kill, not video games, nor guns. They are influenced by video games, quite often, or other violent sources, they do very bad things to get weapons (guns, knives/swords in China recently, whatever it may be), the worst and smartest ones plot their evil act where it will be most effective (gun-free zone, for example), and then they carry it out.

What we need is to help people not get that point as best we can (moral societal standards, good family/friend/community support, prevent/manage children's access to potential harmful influences, etc., be pro-active when warning signs are present), hence the legislation. When all else fails, we need to be able to protect ourselves from people intent on doing bad things.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@summitheighta
So we should do nothing to try to make it harder to get guns? We should put all of our marbles into hoping they dont reach the point of violence?

summit_heights
USA, UT

Tolstoy- I appreciate the point, of course there's a balance that has to be maintained. I think we can be smart about making it difficult for people to obtain and use guns improperly or illegally. I also believe that we can do a much better job of prosecuting those that commit crimes (including gun crimes), as well as help those at risk.

The problem with laws that uniformly reduce access to guns for ALL people is that it effectively disarms those intent on obeying the law and enables those that already intend to break it with less risk of resistance. And it allows people in power to be corrupted into believing that they can commit tyranny.

Overall, though, I think our true answer to the problem is to help people become better people. If violence is the problem, that is what we need to combat.

I believe that it's quite similar to addiction. You can never remove all temptations or opportunities for an addict to use their "substance." The answer for healing is within the person, ultimately.

Digbads
South Jordan, UT

I think we would do better to ban gun-free zones and to bring prayer back into public schools.

philaD
Clifton Heights, PA

A ban on guns or video games are ridiculous. I've never played violent video games, but I don't believe that kids are committing crimes because of them. Sorry, doesn't fly. Young men have always fantasized about going to war, being a hero- the same stuff that video games are all about.

guns and video games don't kill people. People kill people. Ban guns and video games and I'd bet that you'll have continued shootings. Unfortunately, that's the world we live in.

We must get back to a society that loves to help one another, not one that forces us to pay for someones health care. Forces someone to play this game not that game. Forces law abiding citizens to turn in guns. All that does is build resentment.

You used to be able to rely on family, religion and LOCAL community for help. Now, politics and government have become the great caretaker of the individual and is doing a poor job while spending trillions of dollars on failing programs.

God help us all.

philaD
Clifton Heights, PA

summit_heights,

I very much enjoy your view on this subject. I'm overjoyed when I see that others have views similar to mine.
These of course are difficult topics and charged with emotion. I commend your levelheadedness. May we all find it within ourselves to think this through in a manner which preserves our liberties and freedoms. Let us all do our best to keep the USA a place where liberties are enjoyed and differences can be overcome!

joseywales
Park City, UT

Pagan- The gun didn't kill anyone. It was a tool in a murderers hand. But the gun didn't do the killing. When are you guys going to get this? A mentally disturbed individual plotted a deadly campaign against defenseless children. His choice of tool to bring his plan to fruition was a gun. It's convenient to argue the gun because it was accessible, but what about those that aren't and what about when BO takes the guns away? Bombs are next. And then you will have destruction that makes anything we've witnessed, pale in comparison. The crazies in the Middle East figured this one out and it won't be long before some idiot does it here. The real issue is helping those troubled individuals before they get to a point that they find a gun, bomb, or whatever is available to them to kill with. My guns have never killed anyone. They just sit quietly in their safe. They have never tried to break free and go on a rampage. See, it would take a crazy person to use it, to accomplish that. I'm sane by the way.

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