The Town of Connecticut is Gathering and Destroying Violent Video Games

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The Town of Connecticut is Gathering and Destroying Violent Video Games

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    Following the events of last month's shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a community group in the town of Southington, just over 30 miles from Newtown is gearing up to hold a drive in which it's hoped that violent video games and other violent media will be collected and subsequently destroyed.

    Dubbed the 'Violent Video Games Return Program', the event has been arranged by community group SouthingtonSOS and is set to take place on January 12th. Trading in violent games, CDs and movies will grant gift certificates in exchange, rewarding people "as a token of appreciation for their action of responsible citizenship."

    Offending games will be collected in a dumpster and then sent away "for appropriate permanent disposal." The group however claims that the drive is not a reaction to violent video games being a cause for the Newtown shooting. "The group's action is not intended to be construed as statement declaring that violent video games were the cause of the shocking violence in Newtown on December 14th," a statement from SouthingtonSOS notes.

    "Rather, SouthingtonSOS is saying is that there is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying. Social and political commentators, as well as elected officials including the president, are attributing violent crime to many factors including inadequate gun control laws, a culture of violence and a recreational culture of violence."

    Southington School superintendent and member of SouthingtonSOS, Joe Erardi, told Polygon that the collection is intended to open up dialogue between parents and children. Presumably said dialogue involves the child begging their parents not to get rid of their copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops II...

    "There are youngsters who appear to be consumed with violent video games," said Erardi. "I'm not certain if that's a good thing. If this encourages one courageous conversation with a parent and their child, then it's a success. We're suggesting that for parents who have a child or children who play violent video games, to first of all view the games. We're asking parents to better understand what their child is doing. Have a conversation about next steps."

    In light of last month's Newtown shooting, so-called 'violent video games' have once again become the target and scapegoat for politicians, pundits and parents, with Senator Jay Rockefeller introducing a bill that would involve government agencies looking into the effects of such material on children. The NRA meanwhile, blamed the shooting on "a callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against own people, through vicious violent video games."

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    1. wubwub
      wow why would you blame videogames wtf
    2. Matty3601997
      Because people think Videogames influence people to become Violent which is BullShit!
    3. ac
      some people are flubber challenged. If violent video games caused voilence irl, then there would be 5,000,000+ shootings based on DOOM alone. (There were 5,000,000+ copies sold approximately) ****** up people are the problem. not video games/media or guns. people.
    4. eliteFOX21
      so... first it was gun control, now video game control.
      whats next!?
    5. al
      it obvious that a busy body got intouch with their local biblebasher and this is what happens when churches get involved
    6. cj
      mabailey: gun control is not the answer, didnt mean to push arrow button i thought it meant reply to your comment. as for the gon control, there are millions of gun owners that own from a pistol, to title II full auto m16,hk21,mp5 and dozens more that havent done a damn thing to lose the weapons they love, and shot for fun. The Govt. wont admit that people that do the crimes are the problem. they go for the easy way out and blame the tool they use.
    7. se
      haha i thot so its all the church doing this crap because they arnt geting any money from video games look at churches in england there hevily in bed funding pay day loan companys

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