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Violent Videos and Mass Shootings, No Evidence

Violent Videos and Mass Shootings, No Evidence

The recent shooting massacres that killed 31 people and wounded many others triggered a renewed discussion on video games and the connection they may have with violence. This recurring mantra dates back generations, but there is no hard evidence that makes a connection – keep in mind that kids all over Asia watch violent video games every day and gun violence in Japan, South Korea and China is near zero. According to Patrick Markey, director of the Interpersonal Research Laboratory and Professor of Psychology at Villanova University, said, “When we look at when people play video games, we actually see a dip in violent crimes, and don`t see an uptick later on.”

According to an article by Sarah Whitten on CNBC, the US is not even the largest consumer of violent video games, yet it has one of the highest violent gun death rates. Markey noted that over 70% of high school students play violent video games, only 20% of school shooters have reported playing these video games. It seems that school shooters are less interested in video games. 

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