Senator Murphy Calls For More Data From Violent Game Studies
They're just not going to let this go, are they?
The Sandy Hook elementary school shooting tragedy that left 26 people dead (20 of whom were children) rocked a nation. Unfortunately, it wasn't long before so-called authorities started to blame violent video games. It was inevitable.
With little to nothing in the way of evidence to support the claim, sources began calling disturbed mass murderer Adam Lanza a "deranged gamer," which of course opened the floodgates. President Barack Obama ordered more research to be conducted to determine if there is a link between virtual and real-world violence. Other lawmakers called for extra taxes on violent games. As for Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), he supports Obama's research plan and he spoke further on the subject during a recent Google Hangout. He first says they "know" Lanza "spent a lot of time playing violent video games."
Thankfully, he did add this:
"What we admittedly don't have…is any peer-reviewed studies or research that tell us that there is a definitive link between exposure to violent video games and violence. Now, nobody can sit here for certain and say that without any one of those things; without the powerful weapons, without the mental illness, without the exposure to video games, this wouldn't have happened. We can't put ourselves in his mind. But we do see a trend where some of these shooters do have exposure to these video games."
He said it's important to have the data they need before pursuing any legislation that affects violent games, which is correct. However, one of these days, they're going to have to accept that violence of all forms is all around us. If Lanza had a TV and a DVD player (and a modern game console is a DVD player), he would've been exposed to violence in three different forms. Unfortunately, violence is just unavoidable in this society and if one is already mentally ill...
6/25/2013 10:39:56 AM Ben Dutka