Saturday, 9 May 2009

Ban paintball? Seriously?

Germany is moving to outlaw paintball and laser-quest following the recent school shootings, saying they glamourise violence.

That is incorrect. Combat games are not about the violence, they are about the skill and teamwork (and having played laserquest yesterday, I can tell you it is certainly the case) - and have no relation to a psycho shooting 15 people dead. In fact combat games might even keep potential killers away from using real guns if there is an alternative they won't get locked up for.

I also see the BBC reports the average knee-jerk reaction of banning guns/certain types of guns/etc. Guns don't kill people, people kill people - you have to get to the root cause with gun laws, and that is the people who might kill, and the reasons why, e.g. gangland USA.

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