Blue Box

By: Brett Chestnut

Can video games lead to violence?

Video games are billion dollar companies and have been around for many years. In 2008, 298.2 million video games were sold in the US alone, totaling $11.7 billion in revenue. Six of the top ten best-selling video games in 2008 included violence, with four of the games carrying a "Mature" rating recommended for persons aged 17. A lot of older People always ask the question “Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?” People always try to blame violent video games for school shootings, increases in bullying, and violence towards women. They say that they help reward kids by stimulating violence without actually doing so. But in others opinion like Dane thinks that it actually helps kids get off violence pressure that they build up inside, I can see where parents don’t like their teens playing violence video games but from a video game user myself I believe that games lead to no violence temptations what so ever, if anything it helps you. The debate over violent video games can be traced back to the 1976 release of the game Death Race. The object of the game was to run over screaming "gremlins" with a car, at which point they would turn into tombstones.

As you can see controversial debates over violent videos games have been around for a long time, and even now after all these years the debates are still questioned. Dane thinks that people overreact towards violent videos games. Every time a world event happens that is devastating instead of blaming themselves people always try to point fingers in other directions because they think that violent video games has led to almost 8/10 of public shootings. I think that video game companies have done a good job by putting an age restriction on rated mature games because that keeps kids from getting violent games against their parents will. Video games will continue to be a growing thing and will never die out, I think that people need to stop overreacting their views on video games because majority of them are wrong and just need one to blame.


Proposition 19, Good or bad?

Preposition 19 is the Legalization of Marijuana under California rule but not Federal Law. It permits local Governments to regulate and tax commercial production, distribution, and sale of marijuana
state of California. It Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. It also permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production, distribution, and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older, Prohibits people from possessing marijuana on school grounds, using in public, or smoking it while minors are present. But it Maintains prohibitions against driving while impaired, and Limits employers' ability to address marijuana use to situations where job performance is actually impaired. A lot of people like the idea but there is also others who don’t like it. Paige Brewer thinks that it will help raise taxes to help our country’s debt, she said she rather have it legalized then cigarettes because they actually kill people; researchers have not found a case to where marijuana has killed a victim. Marijuana has been a growing substance ever since they found it and i believe that it will continue to grow no matter the time.


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Texting and Driving

Texting and Driving is the 2nd most cause of death here in the United States right underneath drinking and driving. Texting and driving has been proven that it’s very dangerous because you no longer have full control over your. There are many stories relating back since some of the first cellphones came out about texting and driving and the tragedy’s it brought among their family. A lot of teens believe that texting and driving is very easy to them but what they don’t know is they spend about 10% of their time driving in other lanes. Tim believes that texting and driving is a very wrong thing and thinks that people should do it; he states that when he gets into cars of other people texting and driving him politely ask them to stop or takes there phone to text for them. 13% of all teenagers from the age of 18-24 admit that when they get into a car collision that they were texting while driving. In 2011 around 23% of auto collisions have involved some form of cellphone that is around 1.3 million crashes. Before police have tried to put a law on texting and driving by saying you have to be 21 to be on your phone while driving, but the problem is cops never look to see if you are texting and driving but more of not wearing a seatbelt. I think that they should propose better laws on the subject of texting and driving.


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Teens and Alcohol

Teens and drinking has always been a controversial topic. Whether some agree or some don’t. Teenagers often find alcohol in their later years of high school by peer pressure of others. Teenagers are often represented in driving accidents involving alcohol because once they find alcohol for the first time they begin doing it more and more, and nobody teaches them the wrong of drinking and driving and what all it can do. What most teens don’t know is that driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a common cause of serious crashes, especially fatal ones, involving teenage drivers. Teenagers who drink and drive are at much greater risk of serious crashes than are older drivers with equal concentrations of alcohol in their blood. In 2009, 33% of the young drivers (15 to 20 years old) who were killed in crashes had a blood alcohol concentration of .01 grams per deciliter or higher; 28% had a BAC of .08 or higher.
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Opinion Section

Paige Brewer believes that the death penealty should take affect because people should have done harm to them that they have had to others. She says that say if somebody kills a person than that killer should have to face the same thing death. She says that it will save us money instead of trying to pay for them to stay in our prisons with tax money that comes out of our pockets