EDIT: All the points from my fellow forumites have debunked my idea. Good points guys.
Anyone here play modern violent games like Call of Duty Black Ops? The only games i ever play are Super Mario Kart Wii and Star Wars PC games from the early 2000s, but this weekend, I tried playing Black Ops on a PS3 at my friend's place, and holy shit it is realistic. Seeing the stories about the kids shooting people this morning, I felt like the proliferation of REALISTIC violent games and violence on TV is much more the problem than the availability of guns... People had big gun collections in the 80s, but kids never had the visual experience of holding a real-looking weapon in a perfectly real-looking environment and then shooting and killing someone in that environment. And with these games, if you die or your friend dies, you just come back to life.
I think it's rather fucked up that the people calling for gun control aren't throwing a fit about the availability of such violent experiences for fun in video games and movies. Correct me if I'm wrong, but back closer to December, there were more people on the "right" concerned about this while many many on the left just wrote it off and called for gun control. I think that's really fucked up.
These kinds of realistic-yet-virtual visuals and experiences are BRAND NEW to humanity. In the 80s and 90s, when 8-bit and even 64-bit looked very different from the real world, it would be clear to a kid's developing brain that it was totally unlike reality. But when a four-year-old kid whose brain is still learning what reality is like can watch his parents and siblings grab a gun, shoot people, get shot, and come back to life in what looks like the real world, we should probably be concerned about it. We shouldn't write it off. I suppose if congress tried to do something they would be stepping on the 1st ammendment instead of the 2nd, but the people can do something. Boycott these fucking games. Play sports games! Play Star Wars! Play fantasy games etc. Let the market squelch this shit.