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Liberal gun-grabbing Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has a new class of firearms she would like to ban — virtual guns.
After losing in her decade long effort to ban semi-automatic weapons, the San Francisco Democrat has set her sights on a new form of gun control. Appearing on the MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” with flip-flopping former Second Amendment champion Joe Scarborough, the Senator argued for regulation, censorship or perhaps a ban on simulated guns featured in video games.
Scarborough, who appears to have a stereotypical view of gamers, explained how disturbed he was that young men were growing up seeing “thousands and thousands and thousands of simulated murders” and the Senator was more than happy to play along. “I think the really violent video game becomes a kind of simulator to practice on,” she said. “And it enables the individual to become more, much more familiar with that depiction of death and blood.”
Feinstein has become a congressional advocate of restricting video games even going so far as to issue a Soprano’s-type warning to the industry — if the industry does not change its way, she said in a recent town hall meeting, Congress will do it for them.
The problem with Feinstein’s view of the world is she ignores the facts and the Constitution — both on gun control and virtual gun control. Rather than seeking to punish the perpetrators of real-life violence, she would impose her views of millions of Americans who have done nothing wrong.
A quick search of the FBA statistics on crime would show the Senator that while video game playing has exploded in popularity violence has not. While millions of Americans have started playing games like “Battlefield” and “Call of Duty” in the past decade, violent crimes, acts of bullying and even juvenile violence has receded. In fact, nearly 68% of American households has someone that play a video or computer game. In addition, the majority of people who play these games are not “young men.” 40% of people who play video games are female and nearly half are between 18 and 49 years of age.
But the Senator has never let the facts get in the way of a an argument in favor of gun control — even if the guns are not real.