as you notice overall, the violent crime rate peaked in the US in 1992. In 1993, DOOM, the iconic first person shooter to put the genre on the map is released, and made the FPS a genre of us own, and probably the first shooting game to gain mass appeal. [link]
Since then, violent video games have only gone on the rise. Except for intentionally attaching the image of video games to sensational, but rare, crimes. violent crime in GENERAL has gone down dramatical in the time frame, since DOOM, and its successors have become more and more popular, and more and more mainstream with a wider audience.
I'm not saying that violent video games lead to school shootings, just that parents and moral guardians constantly villianize the games and the game companies when it's the parents that are buying kids these games.
If anything, I think that we play these games because we aren't like the people we play as. We do "awesome" things that would have horrible repercussions in the real world. It's wish fulfillment. I do think that this fosters a harmful attitude about guns, but again, this is because the parents are buying these games for their kids when they're supposed to only be played by adults.
Republicans aren't exactly anti-tax, they're anti-progressive taxes. They support any number of property and sales taxes, but the second someone says, "Hey, maybe we should implement taxes in a way that doesn't end up with people at the bottom paying a much bigger chunk of their cash on taxes" is the second they throw a fit.
because if their corporate, union, and special intrest string pullers let smart people run things, or even smart or honest people work for them, they might start questioning authority, or getting their own ideas.
Hence why school is not there to teach you beyond the rudimentary things like reading, writing, and basic math, but to install discipline and obedience.
In our new technical age, our technically incompetant rulers, grapple with how to train us on technology needed to run their machines, while keeping us stupid, and obediant enough to be loyal.
Why do you think they are so affraid of hackers? Why has the press done as much as possible to go after computer hackers?