Gun Violence and Video Games Debate


By Ellis Eskew

Do violent video games lead to gun violence?

Vice President Joe Biden sat down with video game producers Friday in an effort to help curb gun violence.  

We asked our WAKA CBS 8 Facebook fans if they thought violent video games contributed to real life violence. Here is what some of them had to say: 

"No! They would have done it anyway, regardless of the games they played. These men were mentally off, the games didn't make them that way," said Angel Tillery.

 "I don't, I have been playing them for years and never went out and killed anyone . It's the upbringing of the child that is the problem," said Kevin L. Byrd.

"To a certain extent it is possible. However, it will start with a person that already has problems. I believe in order to solve the gun violence issue we need to solve the mental health crisis, the socio- economic issues that surround gun violence," said Katherine Birmingham.

"Honestly, I do believe that these vulgar video games make children more violent. Just think about it, when I was little I ran outside and played in dirty like no ones business. And now a days kids have all of these gadgets which cause them to be less social. When kids can't express their feelings, that's when they go off and pull such inhumane acts," said Sana Burney.

If you would like to leave your comments on the issue, go to our WAKA CBS 8 Facebook page.



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Hotaka Chau said on Friday, Feb 15 at 1:01 PM

Those people were very ill to kill kids and adult just to make a point of who they are, and where they came from in this world. It is sad for all of families never getting to see those loved ones agian.

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Warren Situ said on Saturday, Jan 12 at 10:19 PM

There's definitely some gray area to it, but overall I don't think video games are to be blamed. Almost everyone I know nowadays plays video games from children to adults. It actually helps people bond in some situations because they can relate with it. You can't blame violent video games for influencing people to do inhumane things, if you say that then why not also blame TV, and humans altogether for what they do? So many people play video games but they don't go out and shoot people because they play a violent game. Video game companies aren't your childrens' parents; parents should know if their children are impressionable or unsuitable for certain things. It's always up to parent maintenance and care.

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