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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host8/5/19 9:07 AM 
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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host8/5/19 9:08 AM 
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 6018.2 in reply to 6018.1


Kevin McCarthy Suggests Video Games To Blame In Wake Of El Paso, Dayton Shootings

The top Republican in the House said video games “dehumanize individuals.”

The top Republican in the House expressed concern about the influence of video games following the two deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend.

“The idea of these video games, they dehumanize individuals to have a game of shooting individuals and others,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in an interview on Fox News on Sunday.

At least nine people were killed and scores more injured in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday morning ? less than 24 hours after a gunman entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and killed at least 20 people. 

Police are investigating whether the suspected shooter in El Paso, a 21-year white man arrested at the scene, was motivated by a hatred of Hispanic people. A four-page manifesto that he may have posted on social media shortly before the killings described the attack as a response to the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Federal officials announced Sunday they are treating the El Paso massacre as an act of domestic terrorism and that the suspect may face hate crime charges.

The manifesto also reportedly included a brief reference to the first-person shooter video game “Call of Duty.”

McCarthy was asked on Fox News to respond to comments earlier in the day on the network by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a fellow Republican who called for federal action targeting the video game industry.


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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host8/5/19 9:12 AM 
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 6018.3 in reply to 6018.1 

Every time there is a mass shooting, someone trots out this lame old argument.  Millions of people play these kind of video games and if there was a link between them and acts of violence, we'd be seeing hundreds of mass shootings on a daily basis across the country. If a kid shoots up a school after playing a video game, I'd say that there was something wrong with the kid long before he played any video game.

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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host8/5/19 9:14 AM 
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 6018.4 in reply to 6018.3

New Study Shows That There Is No Link Between Violent Video Games And Aggression In Teenagers

In yet another study on the subject, it shows that there is no link between playing violent video games and aggression in adolescents.

Courtesy of the Oxford Internet Institute and the University of Oxford, this new study was published in Royal Society Open Science and is being touted as being one of the most comprehensive studies on the subject to date.

That is because this study used a combination of subjective and objective data to measure teen aggression and violence in games. Compared to previous research on the subject, which relied on self-reported data from teenagers, this study used information from parents and carers to judge the level of aggressive behavior in their children.

What’s more, the content of the video games was classified using the official PEGI and ESRB rating systems, rather than just the player’s perceptions of the amount of violence in the game.


If you're curious about the sampling here, as you should be, then it comprised of British 14 to 15-year olds and an equal number of parents or carers, totaling 2,008 subjects in all.

The result of this thorough approach showed that there was no link between violent video games and teenage aggression, something that the lead researcher Professor Andrew Przybylski went on to clarify.

The idea that violent video games drive real-world aggression is a popular one, but it hasn’t tested very well over time. Despite interest in the topic by parents and policy-makers, the research has not demonstrated that there is cause for concern.


As Przybylski points out, this is not the first study to show these kinds of results and it is getting to the point now, that blaming video games for outbursts of teenage related aggression holds no weight. However, he did admit that trash talking online and other such behavior warranted further study.

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From: canechaser05 DelphiPlus Member Icon8/8/19 12:45 PM 
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 6018.5 in reply to 6018.4 

I've been gaming now since 1988. I've played sports games, shooting games and everything else. I don't own a gun, I've never been arrested or even had a ticket * knock on wood lol*. My nephews were brought up on video games. All they play is shooting games. Both are straight A students in school.  So you are right. This argument of blaming video games should have died in the 90s. Every time a mass shooting comes up they always try to go to video games instead of the real problem.


From: Patrick Rock (PFR291) DelphiPlus Member Icon8/8/19 12:51 PM 
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 6018.6 in reply to 6018.5 

While he is not a social scientist, Michael Moore, in his documentary "Bowling for Columbine", mentioned that Japanese youth tended to play more violent video games than American youth, both in quantity and degree, and there was no rash of mass shooters there; also, had much more lax gun laws than America, but doesn't have as many shooters (most of their guns are for hunting).  We're doing something wrong here.


From: canechaser05 DelphiPlus Member Icon8/8/19 1:38 PM 
To: Patrick Rock (PFR291) DelphiPlus Member Icon Poll  (7 of 53) 
 6018.7 in reply to 6018.6 

Patrick I agree 100 percent with you! Instead of them trying to find out what the wrong is they want to take the easy approach over and over and blame it on video games!


From: Patrick Rock (PFR291) DelphiPlus Member Icon8/8/19 2:31 PM 
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 6018.8 in reply to 6018.7 

Japan has tight gun controls, but Japanese who regularly play violent video games have shown no propensity to try to obtain guns, nor for that matter to show violent tendencies than do the average Japanese.  Canada does not have tight gun control, but the closest that it has to a homegrown NRA mirrors what the NRA originally was, an organization that promotes gun safety.

In the old West (the real one, not the one portrayed in Hollywood), most towns confiscated weapons.  We had gun control in the "Wild West", and the only people who argued tended to be outlaws.

There is something dangerously wrong with today's American society.

If the NRA collapses, there are other gun-happy lobbies still out there.  On another forum, I had a brief exchange with a troll who is a member of Gun Owners of America, which while not suffering from corrupt leadership, is every bit as gun-crazy as the NRA, and still spends millions to buy Congressmen and Senators.


From: Meta (DigYourGig)8/9/19 9:43 AM 
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 6018.9 in reply to 6018.8 

Studies in America show no significant causal link between violent video games and violence. Violent video games aren't causing shootings. No more than "Satanic" rock & roll was causing suicides. Some people, rather than face the truth, would rather pursue magical thinking.


From: Patrick Rock (PFR291) DelphiPlus Member Icon8/9/19 9:56 AM 
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 6018.10 in reply to 6018.9 

In order to find something to blame for a problem, people will look anywhere except within.


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