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by Carlo Longino


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ban, germany, video games



German Police Union Leader Adds To Chorus Calling For Video Game Ban

from the fingering-the-blame dept

After the tragic school shooting in Germany a couple of weeks ago, politicians almost immediately (and predictably) called for a ban on the sale of violent video games. Now, a leader of the German police union has also called for a ban, claiming that in "every" violent episode like the school shootings, the shooter has had an "addiction" to violent video games. Proof of the link between violent games and people acting out violence in real life remains tenuous, but the union boss says "when a chance to remove a probable cause exists, it must be used." Okay, sounds good. Violent people probably eat sandwiches, so let's ban them, too. I bet they have all ridden in cars, too, so riding in cars must cause violent behavior -- ban 'em. This correlation/causation thing is easy, isn't it?

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    Michael Whitetail, 27 Mar 2009 @ 9:03pm

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    It's slightly different than that. The Germans are trying to stay on this side of the Fascist Line, but their overzealous methods of trying to keep violence in all its forms away from people is doing nothing more than building resentment in the population.

    If they don't watch out, a young charismatic leader will emerge decrying the oppressive government while at the same time empowering youth to rise up for their beliefs. Sound familiar?

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