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Don't target gamers for gun violence

Andrew Snyder Old Lyme

Publication: The Day

Published 03/21/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 03/21/2013 12:08 AM

In response to an unmedicated mentally ill man with easy access to guns shooting 26 children and teachers, State Sen. Andrea Stillman, D-20th District, is starting a task force on the effects of violent video games on our youth.

It is so absurd, it's insulting. What she is really saying is, we don't have the money to treat and monitor the mentally ill or the political will to change any gun laws, so we are going after an easy target in an attempt to make it look like we are doing something.

She spoke of taxing it like it was cigarettes and using the money for educational programs. As a teacher, that's all I need, another state-imposed educational program. All because violent games were found at this shooter's house.

I won't bore you with an explanation of all the options parents have to control what their children can play on gaming systems or computers and the personal responsibility that they need to take for the care of their children. Connecticutonians, if you too are outraged by this dog-and-pony show, go beyond social media and tell this woman to get off her chair and do something real to protect us from real and not imagined threats.

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