Originally Posted by ScottA
Put articles, essays, and resources here that we can use to counter the gun control arguments. This is not the place to debate gun control. Just post links to resources we can use to counter it.
I did check with the mods before posting this. This is not to begin a debate about video games and the mods will delete any further debate on the subject. The information below is just in the spirit of why the thread was created.
Just part of the article here:
"In the new study, Drs. Christopher Ferguson and Cheryl Olson discovered violent video games such as ‘Mortal Kombat,’ ‘Halo’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto’ did not cause high-risk teens (those with symptoms of depression
or attention deficit disorder
) to become aggressive bullies or delinquents.
In fact, in the study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence
, researchers found that the playing the video games actually had a very slight calming effect on youths with attention deficit symptoms — and helped to reduce aggressive and bullying behavior.
Ferguson and Olson’s findings do not support the popular belief that violent video games increase aggression in youth who have a predisposition to mental health problems.
The researchers found no association between the playing of violent video games and subsequent increased delinquent criminality or bullying in children with either clinically elevated depressive or attention deficit symptoms.
Their findings are in line with those of a recent Secret Service report in which the occurrence of more general forms of youth violence were linked with aggressiveness and stress rather than with video game violence.
Although Ferguson and Olson warned that their results could not be generalized to extreme cases such as mass homicides, they strongly advocate for a change in general perceptions about the influence of violent video games, even within the context of children with elevated mental health symptoms.
And, despite the fear that violent video games may have instigated horrific behaviors by high-risk teens to senselessly take innocent lives, the evidence does not support the apprehension.
Regarding concerns about some young mass homicide perpetrators having played violent video games, Ferguson said, “Statistically speaking, it would actually be more unusual if a youth delinquent or shooter did not play violent video games, given that the majority of youth and young men play such games at least occasionally.” "