President Donald Trump recently had a meeting in the White House to discuss the rapidly rising occurrence of gun violence in America. After the tragedy that happened on the afternoon of February 14, 2018, in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida. 14 students and 3 members of staff were killed in a mass shooting.
Who Is To Blame?
Politicians are putting the blame on the mainstream media having desensitised the public to death and violence. This, of course, includes video games. With the video game industry climbing a steep growth, it’s no doubt that video games have a much greater influence on the public compared to decades before.
The Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, said:
“And then you look at the culture of death that is being celebrated. There are video games, that yes, are listed for mature audiences, but kids play them and everybody knows it and there’s nothing to prevent the child from playing them, that celebrate the slaughtering of people”
This is the same reaction after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. Trump tweeted:
Video game violence & glorification must be stopped—it is creating monsters!
And while it is certainly believable to blame the media for this, there are research and reasonings that contrast these point of views. These researchers state that violence in video games have nothing to do with violence in real life. The only reason why politicians believe that is because they have most likely never played a video game in their life.
As for the youths, well, they mostly disagree with putting the blame on movies and video games for obvious reasons.
These politicians present a flawed reasoning. Why do other countries who air the same violent and graphic movies and videos not share this problem?
Regardless, the spotlight is not just on video games and movies, thankfully. Trump has mentioned that his administration will be working on bumping the age requirement for firearm purchase from 18 to 21. Aside from that, his administration will also be “focusing very strongly on mental health.”
Politics aside, what do you think? Do video games make you violent?