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Connecticut senator talks video games violence

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 26 Jun 2013 5:19 User comments (6)

Connecticut senator talks video games violence U.S. senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) has responded to questions from GameSpot as part of a Google hangout on the issue of video game violence and their potential role in mass shootings.
Murphy, whose state of Connecticut witnessed a horrific tragedy at the Sandy Hook elementary school in December, had spoken of the effect violent games could have on mentally ill players, or players with a predilection to violence. GameSpot asked him about his comments on video games, made in January.

"Obviously, this is a very sensitive issue in Connecticut. Newtown is still in crisis," Murphy said.

"Not enough healing going on there in the wake of the murder of 26 children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. And you know, what we know are the facts about that crime. What we know is that this young man, deeply mentally ill walking the school with an assault weapon armed with 30-round magazines. What we know is that he was very, very severely mentally ill; that his mother had been trying to get him help for years. And what we also know, is that he spent a lot of time playing violent video games."

Reports had suggested that the shooter at the elementary school was a "deranged gamer", who had sought to "outscore" previous mass murderers and that he took his own life in the end so he wouldn't have to give away the "points."

Murphy admitted that there is no peer-reviewed scientific data that shows a strong correlation between playing violent video games and carrying out such horrific acts, and said he supports more research into the issue.

"What we admittedly don't have...is any peer-reviewed studies or research that tell us that there is a definitive link between exposure to violent video games and violence," Murphy said.

"What researchers will tell you, is that if you already have a severe mental illness, and a predilection to violence, perhaps the video game exposure can put you over the edge. But in and of itself, there is no research showing that there's a link."

Read more from Senator Murphy at GameSpot.

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6 user comments

126.6.2013 5:41

to sum it up people are responsible for their action not video games.some people seam to want to blame objects and not the person or people doing the acts. yes video games have violence in them but people should have commone sense not to act out what they see in video games or movies exct.

226.6.2013 5:51

Originally posted by supersaiyaman:
to sum it up people are responsible for their action not video games.some people seam to want to blame objects and not the person or people doing the acts. yes video games have violence in them but people should have commone sense not to act out what they see in video games or movies exct.

I think his point is that some people don't have common sense. The shooter in this case was textbook crazy.

Still, even if there was a link shown definitively between video game violence and mentally ill people doing INSANE things, I'm not sure what you can do to tackle that issue other than attempt to improve mental health services. Look at the Aurora shootings, for example, that guy literally wanted to look like the Joker from The Dark Knight, another textbook crazy individual but you can't blame the movie or anyone involved in it for his actions, nor can you really do much about it on the content side... the only thing you can do is improve mental health awareness and services.

326.6.2013 23:30

What we also know is that this kid breathed oxygen. I'm just sayin...

427.6.2013 0:23

nizers99, all life on this planet breathe oxygen as it is part of the air makeup that we breathe from.

528.6.2013 17:03

All life on this planet does not breathe oxygen. Plants are life and they "breathe" carbon dioxide.


Well, I guess, technically, you could say all life that needs to breathe gases from Earth's atmosphere are both oxygen and carbon dioxide breathers. :) They're breathing in both gases from the air, but, only require one of them, specifically, for their own life needs.


I think nizers99 is trying to point out the silliness in the so called gateway drug argument. That studies have shown that people who are likely to abuse hard drugs because they use marijuana are also people who drink milk. Therefore, milk drinkers are also likely, by that faulty logic, to be hard drug users. That milk is also a gateway drug by the same studies that say marijuana is a gateway drug. That violent video games are also a "gateway drug" because some shooters played them and they were also people who went on violent rampages.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 Jun 2013 @ 17:08

629.6.2013 4:09

there are holes in the sandy hook conspiracy case (look it up on youtube or google).

mentally ill people shouldnt have easy access to guns.
^^^that is the real issue.


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