Shootings, video games and Trump
Written by Jason Sewald
For years and years self proclaimed “experts” and politicians have driven this narrative that “violent video games” are one of the leading causes for mass shootings or acts of horrific violence. Now, the latest man to bring up this argument is none other than the President of the United States, who conveniently shifts the blame from irresponsible gun laws to video games. What I am going to do like millions before me and most likely millions after me is try and shed light on the common misconceptions.
This is a big one and it might shock over-protective parents but video games do not make people killers. There have been numerous studies conducted by universities and experts on the matter and all have come to the same conclusion: “video games do not make killers”. Now the common argument to this is that “our young kids are being brainwashed” by the likes of Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto. Young kids minds are very malleable and the environment influences them a lot, but a key component which people who argue this point tend to forget is that video games have age ratings ranging from Universal to 18. Now, I don’t think I need to tell you that the more violent games, as the aforementioned ones, are for 18 year old or over and it is ILLEGAL to sell them to an underage child. The only logical conclusion is that parents are being negligent and don’t care for what the child is playing and quite frankly this would go into something deeper than just “video games are making our kids violent”.
Now the same people who say that video games make killers are the same people that say that video games make you dumb. Another trait that those people share is that they are wrong in both cases. Studies have shown that video games tend to have beneficial effects on players such as improved spatial awareness, reduced impulsiveness and the ability to engage in multiple tasks and other benefits which can help you out in the long run. However, I’m not going to pretend that if you sit your kid or yourself in front of a TV you’re going to be the next Einstein. Everything in life has to be done in moderation, but what I am trying to highlight is the fact that video games do have lasting positive effects on a person rather than the myths that the extremists like to point out.
Now the reason why Trump in particular has attacked video games is because the majority of his Republican colleagues and his supporters are on payroll from the guys who are benefiting the most out of the current gun laws, or the lack there of; the NRA. The NRA needs the current gun laws to stay the way the are so they can keep making the millions they make, and that’s the reason why he fights so hard to push the attention away from legitimate cause of mass violence onto something that has little to no impact on it.
Really, in the end this turned out more into a rant rather than informative piece, however, I hope that I managed ti shed some light on the ridiculous idea that video games create mass murderers.