On Wednesday, a day when the Senate Judiciary Committee met for a hearing on gun violence, Senator Lamar Alexander was a guest on MSNBC’s “The Daily Roundup”. Chuck Todd, host of the show, asked Senator Alexander if he could, “envision a way of supporting the universal background checks bill” on the issue. Senator Alexander responded by changing the subject completely, to violent video games.
Chuck, I’m going to wait and see on all these bills. You know, I think video games is a bigger problem than guns because video games affect people. But the First Amendment limits what we can do about video games; the Second Amendment of the Constitution limits what we can do about guns. So the details matter to me.
The senator claimed that video games, are more dangerous than guns. As we all know, video games are capable of firing out high velocity projectiles which frequently result in death. Oh wait, no they don’t.
The same day, Fox News interviewed Editor in Chief of Rev3Games and former host of G4TV’s XPlay, Adam Sessler. He brought up a lot of great points on the issue, such as many objective studies have claimed that video games can lead to a sense of aggression, but that doesn’t mean it’s a cause of violence.
Aggression does not make a one to one correlation with acting things out.
He was later asked what he had to say when parents see their child playing a game that involves murdering people, or shooting up a room, to which he responded with the fact that violent video games are not made for children.
I think one of the biggest misnomers we have is calling them games, because it does give the impression that it’s a toy, that it’s for someone under the age of 18. These cost 60 dollars, they are designed for adults, and they have a ratings system that helps explicate this to parents.
At the end of the day, parents have the largest role to play in determining what their children are exposed to. Violent, and even non violent video games can lead to a feeling of aggression, but so can a game of basketball, or even being stuck in traffic. Aggression does not necessarily lead to an act of violence. The fact of the matter is, video games are not a bigger problem than guns, and to even suggest that they are is grossly inappropriate.
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