Ever since the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy violent video games have taken a lot of heat from politicians looking for someone to blame for the incident. Democratic Connecticut senator Chris Murphy is just the newest in a long line of politicians who think violent video games cause real world violence. According to Murphy, video games are at least one of the reasons why the shooter in the Sandy Hook incident committed the acts of violence.
Murphy said during a press conference to ban high capacity gun magazines that the tragic incident may not have occurred if video games did not glorify violence. He does point out that part of the issue is the fact he had access to guns that were featured in the video games but video games gave him the courage to commit the act.
At this point it is hard not to be numb to all this. It seems like every day there is another politician blaming video games for real world violence. Ironically, I wonder how many of these politicians who blame video games for these tragedies have lobbyists lining their pockets from the NRA, Hollywood, and the news media like CNN/Fox. But like I have said before, until we get some senators in congress who actually like video games, not much of this will change.
Here is the entire interview for those interested: