Legal Debate 2014?


Video Games Lead to Murder?

Ever since Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed the Columbine high school shooting there has been a huge outcry for the ban of violent video games. There has been speculation that the teens used the video game Doom to create at a map that emulated the floor plan of the high school. But this incident was in 1999 and the debate still carries on. But with every passing year there is always more violent video games being released onto the market.

There are five dimensions researchers most often focus on when analyzing the effects video games can have on the players. These five dimensions are the amount of game play, the content of the game, the context that the game is played in, the structure of the game, and the mechanics of the game. Studies that focus on amount of game play often look at grades and health of individuals as the amount of time playing video games increases. Studies looking at the content of video games are often concerned with the level of violence in the games, or the manner in which characters act or are portrayed and how this affects players' perceptions and behaviors. The context a game is played in looks at the group dynamic of video games, and how behaviors are inhibited or developed.

According to a recent survey of 1102 12-17 year olds, 97% have played video games and half played in the last day.

Three-quarters of parents who were surveyed in a study said that they check the ratings on their children's games before allowing them to purchase it. However, about 50% of the boys and 14% of the girls favored games with an "M" or "AO" rating.

The adult demographic is the fastest-growing segment of the American video games market; 32% of adults now play video games.

Death penalty

Capital punishment is a subject that seems not that have that much debate. But there is a major debate about it's effectiveness. Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The Debate is that the chemical used to kill the inmate cost too much. But this argument is not valid due to the fact that housing a inmate for 40 plus years costs way more that killing them. There is currently 32 states with the death penalty. In my opinion all 50 states should have it. I mean in this economy we should not house criminals that provides nothing to this economy.

Texting while driving

Texting while driving is the act of composing, sending, reading text messages, email, or making other similar use of the web on a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle. In 2006, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group conducted a survey of more than 90 teens from more than 26 high schools nationwide. The results showed that 37% of students consider texting to be "very" or "extremely" distracting. A study by the American Automobile Association discovered that 47% of teens admitted to being distracted behind the wheel because of texting. So this proves that teens today do not care about their safety. So i feel that congress will pass laws that make texting while driving a serious offence for teens. But that's not the only demographic that has a problem with texting and driving.

Legalize gay marriage

Same-sex marriage is marriage between two persons of the same biological sex and/or gender identity. Legal recognition of same-sex marriage or the possibility to perform a same-sex marriage is sometimes referred to as marriage equality or equal marriage, particularly by supporters. The legalization of same-sex marriage is characterized as redefining marriage by many opponents. But as a straight male i feel that Gay people should be able to do what ever they want. But due to the public outcry against gay marriage i think that it will take many years for it to spread throughout the U.S. Only 16 states have gay marriage legalized.

Opinion Of "The King of Idaho"AKA Austin Butterflied

The King of Idaho supports gay marriage. He says that say that all people are entitled to be happy, and if it makes two homosexual people happy then they should be able to get married. The King of Idaho is a very respected student at GHS so his opinion is very respected by this publication.

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