Thursday, October 17, 2002

Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart.

So I'm at the White Hen by my house tonight buying garbage stickers, and while I'm getting my cash out of the ATM, I notice three gun magazines sitting on the magazine racks. On the cover of two of them are big, glorious photos of automatic .223 caliber rifles.

For those of you not following current events in Maryland, police think that the sniper(s) are using an AR-15 (a variant of the M-16) .223 caliber rifle. They also seem to think that there's a possibility that the sniper(s) played some videogames about sniping.

Why is it that the police and FBI will waste countless manhours looking into videogames for a potential lead when there's fucking advertisements for tactical assault rifles that exactly match the sniper's weapon of choice on every other page of these magazines? Hello? Who cares if they're playing games about snipers. They're shooting people in the streets with guns no civillian needs or should legally own. Could we please focus on the real problem here? I know people cringe when other people say this, but it seems that the phrase bears repeating:

Games don't kill people. Guns kill people.

And don't give me that, "no, people kill people" crap. I'd like to see you try and kill someone with a box of Counter-Strike. Sure, you could do it, but I haven't heard of anyone bleeding to death from a box induced papercut yet.

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