UNION – With Christmas only a week away, a prominent New Jersey politician is telling parents to reconsider purchasing violent video games as holiday gifts this year in the wake of the tragedies in Newtown, Conn.
“I won’t even begin to suggest that I understand the motivations of the alleged shooter, but this holiday season has already been mired in enough violence and tragedy. Enough is enough already,” said Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D-Union). “Until more information and evidence can be offered as to the role such games play in the psyche of people like Adam Lanza, I would urge parents to keep these types of games out of the hands of their children.”
No scientific evidence has shown that playing violent video games leads to real violence. A 2010 study by Christopher Ferguson of Texas A&M University even found that people who do not play violent video games may experience higher levels of frustration or aggression.
“I’m the first to admit that we shouldn’t be legislating in everyone’s homes, but enough is enough with these games. At the very least they serve to desensitize our young people to violence,” Cryan warned.
The Union County politician advised parents who are uncertain of the contents of certain video games to check reviews provided by the Entertainment Software Rating Board so they can decide if a particular game is appropriate for their child.
“Regardless of age, it would benefit us all as a grieving nation to avoid unnecessarily violent imagery this season, in particular,” Cryan said.
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