Do Video Games Cause Violent Behavior?

by Jon Henshaw

According to Wired News, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman seems to think so, and is preaching that message to law enforcement officers and the FBI. Grossman, who claims to be one of the “world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime,” believes that “first-person shooters are “murder simulators” that not only desensitize players from the psychological ramifications of killing, but also teach the mechanics of killing.”

A Critic of Grossman, “Thomas J. Aveni, co-founder of The Police Policy Studies Council, a law-enforcement training and consulting company, said Grossman is misguided to draw a definitive link between media violence and real violence.”

Aveni said the real causes of violence are upbringing, poverty and other social factors, and that Grossman’s argument is “too simplistic” and “illogical.”

“The vast majority of violent felony crimes … are being committed by inner-city youths who don’t have an Xbox, meaning they haven’t been conditioned by violent video games,” he said.

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