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Poll results show video games over guns as biggest safety threat

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 10:02

One might not think much during their initial look at some poll results based off 800 automated phone interviews across the United States. That is, until you reach one particular question that asks its interviewees, which is a bigger safety threat in America: guns or video games?

According to Kotaku.com’s article on this particular poll's results, 67 percent of interviewees chose video games over guns as the bigger safety threat in America. A mere 14 percent chose guns, and 19 percent were not sure.

Now it was pointed out within the article that 72 percent of interviewees were over the age of 45, as well as the fact that only Republicans were asked the video game question. It does not get much more biased as these little facts may or may not have had something to do with the overall results to this particular question.

Regardless of who was asked, the fact that a stunning 67 percent of people asked actually thought that video games were more of a threat than guns, is stunning, to say the least.

Last time I checked, you can attempt to bludgeon a person to death with a video game all you want, but I guarantee you that the gun will provide quicker results every single time.

Do not misunderstand me; I think that a gun is just as responsible for threatening this country as a video game. Together, they are both just physical objects that cannot be used without the efforts put forth by a human being.

However, a person sitting down in their living room, playing Call of Duty will never result in the death of a person, nor will it ever threaten national security. That person is not receiving the proper training to succeed in either goal.

On the other hand, a person who has neither the training to handle a firearm, nor the responsibility to handle one for the right reasons, can do physical harm to another and thus is obviously the more dangerous of the two objects.

I really would like to honestly believe that people have more common sense than the poll results results seem to reveal.

However, as I am still in too much shock, why don’t you let me know what you think about these results? Should I be this surprised?

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