Mass Shootings Reignite Video Game Debate Despite Lack of Evidence

”The older generation has these kinds of complaints, and when the audience dies, the moral panic dies,“ Chris Ferguson, a psychology professor at Stetson University, says

When violence strikes, the role of video games gets called into question.

Like clockwork, following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump called on the nation to stop the glorification of violence, including “gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested video games “dehumanize individuals.” And Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said that while “we’ve always had guns, always had evil,” he now sees “a video game industry that teaches young people to kill.”

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Sean Burch

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