- Tennessee man allegedly field stripping his Glock pistols shoots his 13-month-old daughter in the chest
- Cops: Man Accidentally Shot Brother, With 2-Year-Old In The Room
- Texas boy, 5, shoots his brother, 7, with rifle as they play in the bath
- FBCSO: Teen accidentally shot by brother
- Woman drops purse in Starbucks, accidentally shoots friend with handgun
- Officer accidentally shot herself at Gatineau bush party: police
- Colorado woman, 22, accidentally shot dead after trying to show off recently purchased assault rifle
- Santa Rosa: Police arrest man who accidentally shot his brother outside bar
- San Juan County Sheriff’s Office says felon accidentally shot his friend
- Toronto man faces 21 charges after accidentally shooting himself in the leg and claiming he was victim of drive-by
- 5-year-old fatally shoots 2-year-old sister
- Florida boy, 11, dies after being accidentally shot by 4-year-old
- Three-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Shot In The Head While Playing with Pink Gun He Thought Was a Toy
- Colorado Springs man accidentally shot self in hand, leg after cleaning soda off handgun, police say
- Woman accidentally shot, killed by 4-year-old
- New Orleans man dies after accidentally shooting himself while repairing his gun, coroner says
- 10-month-old baby accidentally shot by father
- Florida Bowler Accidentally Shoots Himself
- Texas boy accidentally shot in head
- Jarvan Jackson, 11-Year-Old Florida Boy, Fatally Shot By 4-Year-Old Relative
- Student accidentally shot by staff worker at Colo. school
- HPD: Teen accidentally shoots younger step-brother in head in southeast Houston
- Richmond Man Accidentally Shot By 4-Year-Old Nephew Dies
- 5 accidentally shot at gun shows in North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana
- Police: 11-Year-Old Accidentally Shot 12-Year-Old Boy In Face
- 18 Year Old Girl Accidentally Shot in Head By Toddler
via Short Form Blog
I’m trying to highlight the hypocrisy of solving a problem by pointing the finger at any potential culprit but That Thing You Love.
Any large cultural topic, especially the US’s penchant for violence in all forms, has an incredible number of complex moving parts, each worth discussing and investigating. That includes the thing I personal love, which is video games in all their forms, especially shooters. Ironically, I don’t and won’t own a gun.
We’re happy to throw science at topics and problems like this because science is illuminating; it helps us understand the world, solve problems, and move forward. But when it comes time for science to investigate the part of this machine that is near and dear to some people—guns, games, film, news media, whatever—some people point the finger in another direction, any direction, besides Their Thing.
If we’re going to discuss a big complicated machine like violence in the US, all its parts need to be fair game, including the one you, I, and everyone else with an opinion loves.
We want to throw science at everything to understand it better and make better things. After all, it’s how we got to where we are as a species. It’s also far more productive than burning or beheading people who say or discover truths we don’t like.
But when faced with the prospects of what science may find were it to study the potential dangers of the thing they like—guns, films, or video games—some science proponents respond with “no no, leave my thing alone, it’s perfectly fine. Go investigate that thing over there, that’s the problem.”
Truth is truth. We may not like what we find, but that doesn’t mean we should be afraid of investigating this thing but not that thing. Disagreeing with the results or fearing what change they might bring is not an excuse to silence science.