Letter: Video games are not the problem
I’m tired of uninformed letters claiming that violent video games are to blame for the massive number of shootings in America, of which David Murdo’s “Blame TV, video games” (Sunday Monitor, Feb. 3) is simply the most recent.
It’s long been clear anecdotally to anybody with a modicum of awareness of global affairs that such games are sold worldwide; were there a link between the games and shootings, there would be much higher gun-related murder rates per capita worldwide. And this past December, the Washington Post published a study showing almost no correlation between gun-related murder rates and video game spending per capita.
Regardless of one’s position on guns as a whole, it’s clear this is not the problem. It’s time to put this foolish idea to rest and consider other causes, such as America’s inherent deadly and anomalous gun fetish.