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Standing up

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Re: the story, “Algonquin arcade removes violent games.”

My wife and I have a 5-year-old girl who is in kindergarten. The Newtown, Conn., shootings hit close to us, like it did the whole nation. I have no idea what to do about gun laws. I have no idea if violent TV or violent video games have made an impact on kids these days.

Here is what I do know: These things are happening and something needs to change. I applaud these two business owners for standing up for what they believe in and not thinking that it is all about money.

The comments on the article online are amazing to me. “Kids have played cops and robbers for years and it is the same thing as playing first-person shooter games.” Really? Kids running around with guns made out of paper tubes, or using their hands as guns, is the same thing as using a lifelike, heavy, plastic gun with a trigger that shoots at a screen, scoring points depending on where you hit them and having their bodies explode? I don’t know if this goes hand in hand, but I love that a business will take a look at something, think that it is wrong, and do something about it, knowing that business might go down.

I want the owners to know that business might go down, from kids and families who like those type of games, but you gained three more customers with my wife, daughter and me. Thanks for standing up!

Jeff Farmer


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