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Parents are tired and work too hard, so we better remove violence from all video games

Parents are tired and work too hard, so we better remove violence from all video games

This story is a few days old, but it made me angry enough that I wanted to post it and share some thoughts. The idea that parents are too tired and overworked to properly watch their kids, so we need to decrease the level of violence across an entire art form, is too ridiculous for words.

Here’s my question: Why aren’t we more concerned about why the parents are so tired and overworked that they can’t spend any time paying attention to what their kids are playing or watching? Do officials ever argue for maternity leave so mothers can spend more time with their children, something that is a right in nearly every damned country but the US? Of course not.

Is there any support for raising the minimum wage so people who are working can provide a better life for their children? Very little. How about making healthcare something that’s a universal right instead of a necessity that bankrupts families when members need treatment? Nope.

We don’t actually want to take care of people, so the idea that the government needs to regulate violence in games to remove the burden of parenting from adults is absurd. We get calls for more study on the effects of video games on children, but it's rare to see a public call for evidence that games lead to real-world violence. We claim that video games cause violence and must be regulated by the government, but the guns that are actually used to commit crimes are a right that must not be tampered with.

We attack symptom after symptom, and never think to ask about the disease.