Are Violent Video Games to Blame for Mass Murders?

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Tallahassee, FL - Felix Moore has been playing first-person shooter video games all of his life.

"Mortal Kombat, Call of Duty, Battlefield, all the little war games, strategy games, it's fun," said Moore while he browsed games at Games 4 Less.

The violent games which allow a player to take control of a usually gun wielding protagonist were only entertainment for Moore.

"I didn't pick up no gun," said Moore. "I mean, what's the point?"

A Friday meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and members of the video game industry discussed whether or not there are links between violent gun crimes and violent video games. The Vice President made it clear he wasn't singling them out.

"We're looking for help. I understand a few of you here are researchers in assessing the impact if any on behavior of certain behaviors, and so we are anxious to see if there is anything you can suggest to us that you think would help, as this president said, diminish the possibility and if we can only save one kids life as a consequence," said Vice President Biden.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare psychologist Larry Kubiak said the link between the violent games and gun violence is unlikely.

"A lot of research has been done on that, there's really no credible research that provides a link to watching video games and becoming a mass murderer or anything like that," said Dr. Kubiak.

Instead of blaming the games, Kubiak said it's more so about what's going on around an individual who may be playing the violent forms of entertainment.

Moore had a simpler theory.

"People making stupid decisions, simple as that. Everybody has their own choice, nobody's made to do anything," said Moore.

Vice President Biden has met with different pro gun, media, and retail groups all week and hopes to make recommendations to the president on Tuesday.


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