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Letter: Virtual reality is part of the problem

A concordmonitor.com commenter poses an astute question: Why gun violence now? Why more gun violence now compared to 100 years ago when there were no gun laws and guns were almost universal?

He also points out the current spate of gun laws did not come on the scene until 1968. What changed?

I believe a partial answer is the advent of virtual reality. One hundred years ago real people bled real blood. Real people screamed in agony. Real people who died did not come back in next week’s episode. In addition to humans, more people knew where food came from.

With the advent of virtual reality, that constant real-life feedback loop diminished. People could be shot and killed without real-world consequence. In virtual reality you can say or do whatever you want to whomever you want without consequence. You lack the very real and necessary feedback of having a more mature person or your community point out you have gone over the line.

We certainly cannot put the genie of virtual reality back in the bottle. It does have many upsides, but we are currently seeing very serious downsides. I look forward to suggestions on what to do about this problem.

THOMAS BLOOMQUIST

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A Great friend of mine had this to say ;,,,,,, "BRAVO, MR. BLOOMQUIST!!!! I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment. I learned about real death the natural way - my Dad took me hunting and fishing. I did not learn about it by playing violent, first-person shooter games alone in my parents basement. Hunting is a tradition that - apart from being the only efficient and cost-effective game-management tool we have, and being a great way for people to enjoy the outdoors while providing high-protein, low-fat, free-range, guilt-free food for themselves and their families - is also the best way to teach someone about the power of firearms and how to respect that power and handle them properly, AND about the cycle of life and death and to respect that fact of the natural world." My Friend is well know to us and a great Hunter I might add. Nhdriver

BRAVO, MR. BLOOMQUIST!!!! I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment. I learned about real death the natural way - my Dad took me hunting and fishing. I did not learn about it by playing violent, first-person shooter games alone in my parents basement. Hunting is a tradition that - apart from being the only efficient and cost-effective game-management tool we have, and being a great way for people to enjoy the outdoors while providing high-protein, low-fat, free-range, guilt-free food for themselves and their families - is also the best way to teach someone about the power of firearms and how to respect that power and handle them properly, AND about the cycle of life and death and to respect that fact of the natural world.

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