Violence in Video Games doesn't Create Killers

Violence in Video Games doesn't Create Killers

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  • I regularly play video games like Call of Duty and I've never thought about hurting my peers.
  • I play everyday and I can tell the difference between real life violence and video game violence.
  • "Violent video games and other media are not statistically linked to mass shooting incidents, despite commonly being blamed for them."(SIRS) Recently the rise of school shootings has been partially blamed on violence in video games. This is wrong and just an excuse for the horrible actions of a few.
  • Video games lead to aggression and violence in children!
  • Violence in video games doesn't cause youth violence in schools. One example of this is when it says "U.S. Supreme Court declared in 2011 that scientific studies had failed to link violent games to serious aggression in kids."(Gale in Context) The issue has already made it into the Supreme Court who declared there isn't any significant evidence that ties video games to aggression in children.
  • Even psychologists are calling the relationship between violent video games and youth violence a myth. We can see this when it says "the American Psychological Association's media psychology and technology division specifically recommended politicians should stop linking violent games to mass shootings. It's time to lay this myth to rest."(Gale in Context) This just shows how the point that violent video games cause shootings or other acts of violence is false.
  • Violent video games influence the actions of children and create violent kids. One example of this is when it says “Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, were avid video gamers. Their reported favorite game, Doom (1993), was incredibly violent.”(SIRS) While this might have exposed them to new levels of violence and made them aggressive it didn't make them kill all those kids.
  • Although it might have influenced Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold it was not the entire reason for their actions. The kids had many factors leading up to their choice and video games were not the number one. These kids' actions were horrible and in no way justified, but I believe that violence in a game has nothing to do with the choice to commit violent acts in real life. Kids need to make up and realize slaughtering kids like animals isn't going to solve their problems.
  • In conclusion, the recent rise in school shootings shouldn't have been blamed on violence in video games because of the substantial evidence that shows no connection between violence in video games and violent acts. Also, evidence proves that there is no phycological connection between video game violence and violence in real life. We should instead practice safer gun possession and make it impossible for children to access lethal weapons.
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