Are violent video games to blame for mass shootings?

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In August 2019 U.S President Donald Trump made a statement suggesting there is a link between video games and real-world violence following the back-to-back mass shootings in the US. “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” he said in an August 5 press conference. “This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence.” (Trump 2019) Although many people, as well as researchers and some politicians, have vocalised that blaming video games sidesteps the real issue at the root of America’s mass shooting problem: a need for stronger gun control. This isn’t a new argument of blaming video games for real-world violence, this is a longstanding cultural and political debate whose origins date back to the 1970s. (read more in my previous blog post) The US has been a victim…

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