Chuck Todd on Sandy Hook: If your kid’s playing “Halo” for three hours a night, make sure he doesn’t have a problem

posted at 10:00 pm on December 17, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, I like this clip because it captures the essence of the Do Something gun-control impulse, even though Todd’s not talking about guns. The “Halo” games have sold 50 million copies worldwide. Microsoft estimates that people collectively have spent five billion hours playing them. Violent crime has been declining for 40 years and mass shootings are no more common now than they used to be. I’d bet that, if anything, video games reduce violent crime by providing an innocuous outlet for thrill-seeking. But who cares? The point of Do Something isn’t to craft a policy response carefully tailored to why Lanza and other rampage killers did what they did and how they did it. It’s to throw whatever you can think of at the problem and see what sticks culturally and legislatively, no matter how many innocent people might be snared by your “solution.” Lanza evidently loved violent video games. So do millions of kids who, unlike him, don’t have severe mental problems. But isn’t hassling your perfectly normal 12-year-old over “Call of Duty” a small price to pay for maybe possibly kinda sorta reducing the odds of a school shooting by an infinitesimally marginal amount? If you care about Sandy Hook, then the answer can only be yes. You do care, don’t you?

Before that, you’ll find WaPo’s Chris Cillizza wondering why the two sides of this issue seem to want the public to choose between total prohibition and “doing nothing.” Can’t we just have a “reasonable debate”? But we did have a debate. The left lost. And they lost for good reasons. Partly they lost because they couldn’t answer questions like these satisfactorily, and partly because, when push comes to shove, people know there just isn’t much that can be done:

You can, to be sure, name one or two things that might make a marginal difference: ban extended-capacity magazines, and require background checks for private sales. As a proponent of reasonable gun control that in some ways goes farther than current rules (I’d like to require that people pass a shooting and gun safety test before they can own a gun), these rules don’t strike me as crazy.

But we are back to generic solutions. These “reasonable controls” would not, in fact, have done much to stop the horror at Newtown; Lanza’s problem was not that he didn’t know the four rules of gun safety, or that his aim was bad. And Lanza didn’t buy the guns, so a background check would not have stopped him…

Reducing the magazine sizes seems modesly more promising, but only modestly. It takes a few minutes of practicing to learn how to change a magzine in a few seconds. Even if you banned magazines, forcing people to load the gun itself, people could just carry more guns; spree shooters seem to show up, as Lanza did, with more guns and ammunition than they actually need. In this specific case, it might well not have helped at all. Would Lanza really have been gang-rushed by fast-thinking primary school students if he stopped to reload?

Reducing the body counts a bit is obviously a very worthy project; I am okay with outlawing magazines that contain more than ten bullets. But this will in no way prevent people from going on murderous rampages. We are not talking about an end to spree killing, only about a (perhaps) very slight reduction in its deadliness. And if you ask how I can possibly know this, the answer is that we did ban these magazines for ten years, between 1995 and 2005, as part of the “Assault Weapons Ban” that some would now like to bring back. During which time there were a number of tragic massacres, including those committed by Kip Kinkel, Michael Carneal, and the Columbine killers. Overall gun deaths fell, but they’d been falling before. When the AWB expired in 2004, they stayed steady.

That’s Megan McArdle, who notes that Lanza “had all that you could wish for in terms of resources” for his mental-health problems and who ended up on a rampage anyway. What kind of law can you pass to deter a guy like that? How can you know the disturbed mind well enough, as a legislator, to have a sense of how it’ll respond to incentives? I had a terrible thought earlier while reading this Robert Wright piece about how we should ban semiautomatics and limit Americans’ gun choices to six-shooters, if only to prevent mass murderers from firing off 10, 20, 30 bullets without having to stop and reload. If we did that, would future spree killers become less deadly on average or more deadly as they decided that their only option was to use more lethal weapons or to choose softer targets? Mass shootings might have lower body counts, but maybe there’d be an uptick in arsons or bombings. Maybe, instead of going to the mall or the post office, a mass murderer with a revolver would calculate that he had to target victims who couldn’t stop him while he paused to reload, which means more little kids in the crosshairs. I honestly don’t know. The calculus is wretched and hallucinatory. And yet this is the sort of question you get into when you try to read to the mind of a murderous loon.

But look. With this issue even more so than with other issues, a huge part of the stubbornness and vitriol comes from cultural divisions and suspicions about the other side’s motives, not from policy disagreements. I understand the left’s point about high-capacity magazines; banning them might very well drop the death toll at some of these horrors. It’s not crazy to think so. The best counterargument is the slippery-slope argument and I’ve never thought much of slippery-slope arguments outside the free-speech context. The truth, though, is that I don’t trust them and find the media groupthink on this subject endlessly irritating. It takes a lot to get a New Yorker to stick up for rural America, but their disdain for “gun culture” is often transparently a function of their disdain for rural culture. The One’s condescending bitter-clinger remarks were a classic expression of it. Much of the mindless “gun control” table-pounding without specifics feels like an ostentatious way for the table-pounder to simply show how much he/she cares, especially vis-a-vis the heartless conservative. And the flailing panicky vacuousness of the Do Something response, however understandable in the aftermath of Sandy Hook shellshock, grates especially coming from the self-styled Party of Science. As Tim Carney noted earlier, some of Our Moral Superiors who are pounding the table for “gun control” can’t even tell you what a semiautomatic or an “assault rifle” is. They’ve shown no compunction about demagoging other mass shootings for their political ends, no matter how thin the evidence was to support their conclusions. We were presented on Friday with a very unusual, very specific fact pattern from a mass killing committed by someone with a very unusual, very specific set of mental problems, and yet the big “scientific” recommendation tonight on MSNBC was to keep an eye on your kid in case he’s shooting too many aliens on the Xbox. You’re duty bound to lay aside your personal dislike for the other side and not let that stop you from supporting a policy they champion if you believe it’s correct (which is how I manage to maintain my support for gay marriage despite lots of irritation with the left there too), but these are the sorts of cultural hurdles you have to clear to get to that. Exit question: If we’re going to start arbitrarily hassling people who happen to share an interest with Adam Lanza on the off-chance that it contributed even a tiny bit to his rampage, how about instead of hassling gamers, we hassle vegans instead? Nutritional deficiencies can weaken the mind, y’know. Do something!


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What the heII is helo?

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

At least he didn’t call for the confiscation of guns.

Tater Salad on December 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Telling me that playing Halo too much means I’m liable to go on a rampage makes me want to go on a rampage.

John_Locke on December 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Good … let liberals now make enemies of the video gamers and those who make video games…

mnjg on December 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Chuck Todd on Sandy Hook: If your kid’s playing “Halo” for three hours a night, make sure he doesn’t have a problem

Good advice..

But will my neighbor comply?

Electrongod on December 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Sorry, have to get these glasses checked. Halo, what the heII is halo?

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Surely it would help if they put age ratings on video games like they do movies.

rogerb on December 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Westboro Sewer Rats plan to “attend” the funerals of the victims.

Here’s how they handle scum in the south: http://www.ihatethemedia.com/a-simple-way-to-stop-westboro-baptist-church-funeral-protesters

davidk on December 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

What the heII is helo?

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

It’s game that involves guns..

And innocent victims..

Electrongod on December 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

It’s not Halo’s fault. It’s Gears of War’s fault.

John the Libertarian on December 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I don’t know, but it could be that the UNDERLYING MENTAL ILLNESS had more to do with the massacre then Halo and guns do.

I am an avid player of World of Warcraft. That doesn’t mean I am going to go on a mace massacre in little people land because some gnome insulted me on line..

melle1228 on December 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Our King..

Obama..

Will guide us to the promise world….

Electrongod on December 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

If anybody is watching three hours a week of F. Chuck Todd, then he/she sure does have a problem. So there’s that.

platypus on December 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Is Chucky T an expert in Halo..? or does just come with the job of media maven?

d1carter on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Electrongod on December 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Oh.

John the Libertarian on December 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Gears of War’s, is like Halo I take it?

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

It’s game that involves guns..

And innocent victims..

Electrongod on December 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

By the media’s standards, a mixed race death cult is actually an innocent group.

John_Locke on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

It’s game that involves guns..

And innocent victims..

Electrongod on December 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Actually it has more to do with soldiers at war with aliens, but potato potaaato..

melle1228 on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Hey.. Chuck.. what if your President’s smuggling guns across the Mexican border to drug lords… do you think he’s got a problem?

Don’t let these morons control the debate.

JellyToast on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Riddle me this, jacka$$, did video games cause school shootings/violence in the 1920s as well?

John_Locke on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Are cork pop guns still cool?

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I am an avid player of World of Warcraft. That doesn’t mean I am going to go on a mace massacre in little people land because some gnome insulted me on line..

melle1228 on December 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Not smart, dude. Now the other players know your limits.

platypus on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

How about cap guns?

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Actually it has more to do with soldiers at war with aliens, but potato potaaato..

melle1228 on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Not just aliens, an extremist death cult of aliens.

John_Locke on December 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

what about World of Warcraft?

equanimous on December 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Tour of Duty, in its many variants, is not Hello Kitty Visits the City.

If your kid is doing the TOD, or HALO, video thing for more than a couple hours a week, seek help. For the kid. And for you for letting the bast*rd waste away his/her life playing video games all day.

[Maybe if the current President didn’t endorse so many of America’s favorite gangsta rappers and such, might send a message to the youngin’s or something?)

coldwarrior on December 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Dear Leader and his minion media are coming for the gamers…the guns…and ???

d1carter on December 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I still have the Atari machine on which I played endless games of “Ice Racer”. Look at me now, I spend every waking hour dreaming of sliding my truck across a rink full of pee-wee hockey players.

Someone help me!

Bishop on December 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

The truth, though, is that I don’t trust them and find the media groupthink on this subject endlessly irritating. It takes a lot to get a New Yorker to stick up for rural America, but their disdain for “gun culture” is often transparently a function of their disdain for rural culture. The One’s condescending bitter-clinger remarks were a classic expression of it. Much of the mindless “gun control” table-pounding without specifics feels like an ostentatious way for the table-pounder to simply show how much he/she cares, especially vis-a-vis the heartless conservative. And the flailing panicky vacuousness of the Do Something response, however understandable in the aftermath of Sandy Hook shellshock, grates especially coming from the self-styled Party of Science.

This, change this and maybe just maybe… oh wishful thinking, silly me…

Scrumpy on December 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Gears of War’s, is like Halo I take it?

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

But is real..

Not some fake….

But there are many in the “We The People” that don’t know the difference…

But vote for Obama types to fix it….

Because they think that politicians are experts…or something…

Electrongod on December 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Good … let liberals now make enemies of the video gamers and those who make video games…
mnjg on December 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Pass the popcorn. We’ll see some blue on blue action. Not many of the people I come across in online gaming whether it be XBOX Live or PSN are conservative. Most conservative gamers I personally know prefer Nintendo.

jawkneemusic on December 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Well said, AP.

changer1701 on December 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I played pong once.

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

But isn’t hassling your perfectly normal 12-year-old over “Call of Duty” a small price to pay for maybe possibly kinda sorta reducing the odds of a school shooting by an infinitesimally marginal amount? If you care about Sandy Hook, then the answer can only be yes. You do care, don’t you?

If you’re Randy and Sharon Marsh, or Gerald and Sheila Broflovski.

Axe on December 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

What the heII is helo?

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Helo Kitty. It’s all the rage with 4 and 5 year old girls!

:)

Shy Guy on December 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Most conservative gamers I personally know prefer Nintendo.

jawkneemusic on December 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Most Conservative “gamers” I know prefer a good Remington, wind on their face, muddy boots and a lot of hours outdoors with their kids learning real stuff that’ll help them in the real world, and certainly after our current world falls apart in short order.

coldwarrior on December 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Tour of Duty, in its many variants, is not Hello Kitty Visits the City.

If your kid is doing the TOD, or HALO, video thing for more than a couple hours a week, seek help. For the kid. And for you for letting the bast*rd waste away his/her life playing video games all day.

[Maybe if the current President didn’t endorse so many of America’s favorite gangsta rappers and such, might send a message to the youngin’s or something?)

coldwarrior on December 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

What’s “Tour of Duty”?

Your “get off my lawn” screed would hold more credence if you got the name of the game right.

Good Solid B-Plus on December 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Not many of the people I come across in online gaming whether it be XBOX Live or PSN are conservative.

You need to find a different online group of fighters; even the kids my kids war against hate liberals.

Bishop on December 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Lol!! I vaguely remember when that was the game du jour!

Scrumpy on December 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Actually it has more to do with soldiers at war with aliens, but potato potaaato..

melle1228 on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

You are right..

I lumped our evil with evil created local…

We have enough evil on this planet….
We don’t need any extra-territorial, evil do’ers to visit.,.,.

Electrongod on December 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Idiot Idiot Idiot..i’ve played my share of violent games and i have no urge to kill anyone..Stop blaming everything else other than the individual!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sadsushi on December 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

What’s “Tour of Duty”?

Your “get off my lawn” screed would hold more credence if you got the name of the game right.

Good Solid B-Plus on December 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I didn’t want to say anything.

-Black Ops fan

Bishop on December 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Not smart, dude. Now the other players know your limits.

platypus on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

LOL!

melle1228 on December 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Must. Kill. Bandicoots.

Ronnie on December 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Bishop spends lots of time on line gaming. You Sir need your head seen too!!/ ;-)

Scrumpy on December 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Hey if Captain Price of Call of Duty is not a good role model for today’s youth, then I don’t think there is any hope for the West.

Or, Sergeant Moody…or how about Sergeant Sullivan at Peleliu in COD World at War?

Kids need good role models.

If your kid plays violent video games but plays as the bad guy (yes I’m talkin about all you Darth Maul fans/psychos), then you have a problem.

There is nothin wrong with violent video games as long as your kid knows what is right and wrong and plays as the good guy.

COD 2 ending credits (great ending)

KirknBurker on December 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Good Solid B-Plus on December 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Tour of Duty…Normandy, WWII video game. Call of Duty…the one with the many variants and such.

Screed?

No, just generally disgusted that every time some idiot decides to play at killing, or goes off his nut, the Left comes in with all sorts of reasons to make life far more difficult for the regular folks.

coldwarrior on December 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM

America’s Army is free and made with taxpayers money specifically for recruitment purposes…

equanimous on December 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Pass the popcorn. We’ll see some blue on blue action. Not many of the people I come across in online gaming whether it be XBOX Live or PSN are conservative. Most conservative gamers I personally know prefer Nintendo.

jawkneemusic on December 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Yeah the democrats will be losing a lot of the young voters if they go that stupid route…

mnjg on December 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM

We don’t need any extra-territorial, evil do’ers to visit.,.,.

Electrongod on December 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

terrestrials

To many option with Spell-Checker…

Electrongod on December 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I played pong once.

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Quake, baby! You get a nail-gun and rat-tat-tat into a Dimension Shambler — then BZZZZZZT! — he lightning-bolts you, but you get across the bridge and switch to the shotgun, but you get more and more creeped out as you fight on the other side because you know he knows you are there now, and he’s trying to get to you, and around any corner now –

Then you pause and go rob a 7-11.

– Then you un-pause and switch back to the nailgun, and you are all rat-tat-tat — POW . . .

Axe on December 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Well known and credentialed mental health authority Chuck Todd passes on his wisdom and insights to parents everywhere.

jdflorida on December 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

To = Too

Spell Checker is like…

Obama…

Electrongod on December 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I had a terrible thought earlier while reading this Robert Wright piece about how we should ban semiautomatics and limit Americans’ gun choices to six-shooters

The funny (well, not funny) thing about the Absolute Shalls and definitions is that “semi-automatics” would probably cover “six-shooters,” if you asked some of them, because the new round moves into the chamber when you cock the gun. You don’t have to stop and reload it.

In Absolute Shall gun control parlance, an “automatic” weapon is a gun that automatically moves the round into the chamber. A “semi-automatic” requires some physical effort. The only “non-automatic” would be a single-barrel shotgun that requires reloading after it is fired.

Resist We Much on December 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Ha:

Barack Obama has become the first presidential candidate to advertise in a video game. The Obama campaign purchased ad space in the Xbox live versions of 18 different video games. The ads will run up until Nov. 3, and only be displayed in 10 major swing states.

http://www.adsavvy.org/obama-ads-appear-in-xbox-live-video-games/

Microsoft offering Halo 4 warrior avatars for watching political debates

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-10-02-microsoft-offering-halo-4-warrior-avatars-for-watching-political-debates

 
I’m sure the two are completely unrelated.

rogerb on December 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Sure Scrumpy you laugh, but, pong was incredible violent. To this day I find myself wanting to hit that little dot.

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Classic AP… very well done. Thank you!

MT on December 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

PANTIES IN A WAD MEDIA……….still has bunched up wedgie….and they are PISSED PISSED PISSED the American people haven’t voluntarily started pilin their guns in the County Courthouse squares.

Chuck Todd and ANYONE in the White House Press Corps are just plants for the Superstate Progressives.

Chucky…..go back to your cocktail party friends and tell um……go #%#%#{^* and then gdiwmg%}>|>…….twice.

PappyD61 on December 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Well known and credentialed mental health authority and avid gamer Chuck Todd passes on his wisdom and insights to parents everywhere.

jdflorida on December 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Helped you out there.

thebrokenrattle on December 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I played pong once.

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

…did you hit the bong too?
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Axe on December 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Lol!

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Should have banned Pong long ago… can’t have anyone losing!

Ugly on December 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM

The core issue is that people believe they can be safe by being defenseless. When has that ever worked?

The strong attack the weak, the weak, the defenseless. Lets get rid of the army and then claim the invasion only happened because they came to take away our guns.

aniptofar on December 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

(Comment Deleted). ; )

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I remember when Jamie Foxx said he killed all the white people in his new movie and the crowd really liked it.

I wonder if that had anything to do with it?

Wagthatdog on December 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Riddle me this, jacka$$, did video games cause school shootings/violence in the 1920s as well?

John_Locke on December 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Or the Our Lady of the Angels fire in Chicago that was started by a 10 yr old and killed 92 children and 3 nuns in 1958? I haven’t heard this tragedy cited in any of the myriad of reports.

TxAnn56 on December 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Maybe if the current President didn’t endorse so many of America’s favorite gangsta rappers and such, might send a message to the youngin’s or something?

coldwarrior on December 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I cannot see why President Barack Abortion is so worked up over 20 kids?
3,700 lives were snuffed out today with President Barack Abortion’s full support.

President Barack Abortion and the tyranny of Obama

http://www.schillingshow.com/2012/10/23/president-barack-obama-and-the-tyranny-of-abortion/

Barack Abortion on Abortion

http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/Profiles/President/US/Barack_Obama/Views/Abortion/

President Abortion is strongly pro-choice. Although he has stated an aversion to partial birth abortion, his actions indicate that he believes in a concept known as “obama on demand”. This concept means that a woman should be able to obtain an obama at any time, for any reason, regardless of ability to pay or stage of pregnancy.

redguy on December 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Halo 4

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_4

canopfor on December 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

(which is how I manage to maintain my support for gay marriage despite lots of irritation with the left there too)

If you’ve reached the point where it’s a struggle to ‘maintain’ your views on something isn’t it possible that it’s time to re-think them?

cynccook on December 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I always bashed it hard! ;-)

I wanted to see blood and gore!!

I wanted that little thing to go apesh*t!! hahahahahahaha…

Scrumpy on December 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I’ve lost 10 of my last 12 ARAM matches. Time to start indiscriminately hurling fireballs around. :madface:

Jeddite on December 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Just remember, before you go to sleep tonight….this is the Liberal “Elite.”

sentinelrules on December 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Sometimes, when I’m popping Leets with my pair of SOLs on Rubi-Ka, I think, wouldn’t it be a blast to go occupy the mall?

Axe on December 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Redneck Rampage is the first FPS I ever played. FUN FUN FUN!

Ugly on December 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM

In Absolute Shall gun control parlance, an “automatic” weapon is a gun that automatically moves the round into the chamber. A “semi-automatic” requires some physical effort. The only “non-automatic” would be a single-barrel shotgun that requires reloading after it is fired.

Resist We Much on December 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM

So perhaps we’ll be permitted to retain ownership of our flintlocks and muskets then? Excellent.

cynccook on December 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Resist We Much on December 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Still haven’t had any of the leftists tell me if a magazine that’s holds five rounds is acceptable.

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Sometimes, when I’m popping Leets with my pair of SOLs on Rubi-Ka, I think, wouldn’t it be a blast to go occupy the mall?

Axe on December 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Axe: type type type

Me: o_O ???

cynccook on December 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I think as humans we try to control things that are out of our control. We control sick people’s minds. We can’t control people’s behaviors. So we like to believe this or that will help.

terryannonline on December 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM

One too many games of Sonic will have you robbing jewelry stores of their plain gold rings.

Bishop on December 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM

So,um,Navy SEALS played games too,I wonder how that figures in to
a Anti-Gun Nut Mind!

Sean Smith (diplomat)

Sean Smith was known as a leading player and former member of the Council of Stellar Management in the EVE Online gaming community (under the username “Vile Rat”) and was a moderator on the Something Awful forums

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Smith_%28diplomat%29

canopfor on December 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM

HALO= High Altitude Low Opening

I believe it’s a special forces parachute term.

mike_NC9 on December 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Just remember, before you go to sleep tonight….this is the Liberal “Elite.”

sentinelrules on December 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM

And we’ve heard precious little supporting our rights under the 2nd Amendment from the GOPe.

davidk on December 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

So Chuck Todd lets it slip he plays with himself everynight for 3 hours on national TV…

… I guess Rush is right.

Seven Percent Solution on December 17, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Sometimes, when I’ve had to go to an Elvin territory for a quest, I think, “Maybe I should suit-up like Blade for Homecoming.”

Me: o_O ???

cynccook on December 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nhbwr03xvM

(And SOL is a pistol manufacturer in the game. :)

Axe on December 17, 2012 at 10:36 PM

One too many games of Sonic will have you robbing jewelry stores of their plain gold rings.

Bishop on December 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Laughed out loud at that. :) Not proud, but it happened.

Axe on December 17, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I still have the Atari machine on which I played endless games of “Ice Racer”. Look at me now, I spend every waking hour dreaming of sliding my truck across a rink full of pee-wee hockey players.

Someone help me!

Bishop on December 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

.
I don’t know why I can’t stop laughing at that. . : )

listens2glenn on December 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I understand the left’s point about high-capacity magazines; banning them might very well drop the death toll at some of these horrors.

Banning high-capacity magazines is another way of saying that guns should be gimped. What if you’re using the gun to protect your family or classroom from a villain and you only have 10 rounds and it’s not enough? If you ban high-caps criminals will have the advantage. There’s millions/billions of hi-caps already in circulation, people have been stocking up on them fearing they’d be banned again, but if they’re illegal law abiding citizens won’t be able to use them for concealed carry or even to defend their families in their homes because if they do they’ll be prosecuted for defending themselves with illegal gun. So even though almost every gun owner already owns several hi-capacity magazines and are going to keep them if they’re banned, only the criminals will be able to use them in a confrontation.

The only thing that banning hi-capacity magazines will accomplish is to give criminals the advantage.

FloatingRock on December 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM

This is all so stupid.
Maybe I’m just different or something but I just don’t have to twist myself into contortions to defend the 2nd. amendment. I don’t know why anybody does. The 2nd amendment has done nothing wrong. It wasn’t even allowed to work! Freedom was not to blame. These people were denied the freedom to defend themselves. They weren’t allowed! The 2nd amendment wasn’t allowed in that school! It was banned!

These children did not have to die! There were heroes all over that school! They fought with everything they had but what they had wasn’t enough! The were unarmed! They were defenseless! Heroes all of them but unarmed and made defenseless as sheep to be slaughtered… by the very same people who now rage and point fingers at all of us!

JellyToast on December 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Quick poll. Name three commercially available center fire chamberings that are LESS powerful than the mighty .223/5.56.

This is the round the msm/ left incessantly refers to as a ” high powered” rifle round. Fine. There are simply scads of chamberings out there. If the 223 is so high powered, it can’t be too hard to name a few of the many less ” high powered” rounds, right? Right?

TexasDan on December 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Magazine or clip? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF21sihEgOU

davidk on December 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Video game controversies

Age
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The Entertainment Software Association,

the leading lobby of the video game industry, states that 20% of video game players are boys under the age of 17,

26% are over 50 (regardless of gender),

and that the average game player is 37.[10]

In a survey of 1,102 teenagers aged 12 to 17, 97% of them said that they play video games;

moreover, half of the survey respondents said that they had played a video game in the last day. Three-quarters of parents who were surveyed said that they check the ratings on their kid’s games.

However, half of the boys who were asked about their favorite game listed a game with an “M” or “AO” rating as their favorite, compared with 14% of girls.[11]

The adult demographic is the fastest-growing segment of the American video games market with 32% of adults playing video games,[12]

although critics[who?] have suggested that such statistics are often used to deflect from the fact that almost all American children are exposed to video games
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game_controversies

canopfor on December 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I’m fine with the same magazine size, and select fire options, that the presidents security detail has.

TexasDan on December 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM

For anyone considering the purchase of new firearms. Consider which state they are manufactured in. Same goes for ammo and reloading supplies. Support like minded folks with your $. I will and will continue to do so. Barrett.

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Nice work, AP.

BJ* on December 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I played pong once.

Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

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…did you hit the bong too?
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2012 at 10:25

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Bmore on December 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

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I think we can “fill in the blank”. . : O

listens2glenn on December 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM

JellyToast on December 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Absolutely right. Don’t be a victim!

mike_NC9 on December 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM

If your son is a flunky of a socialist/fascist regime and lies to the American people three hours a night, make sure he doesn’t have a problem.

wolly4321 on December 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I still have the Atari machine on which I played endless games of “Ice Racer”. Look at me now, I spend every waking hour dreaming of sliding my truck across a rink full of pee-wee hockey players.

Someone help me!

Bishop on December 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Bishop:


Ugh….yur doin it wrong,you need a Dirt Bike,and stud the tires with Ice-Picks,but,make sure you have plenty of clearance,one of those picks could take your eye out!

Oh wait,you did say playing atari,on tv,and the rest is fantasy,
………never mind!(snark)

canopfor on December 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM

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