(Des Moines) The Connecticut school shooting is prompting suggestions about how to prevent such a tragedy in the future. Some suggest banning assault weapons, or tightening gun regulations.
A couple of Congress-members have suggested violent-video games may play a role in such behavior. I-S-U Psychology Professor Doug Gentile says there is research showing violent video games can show up as aggression on playgrounds, but little evidence suggesting it can lead to the type of incident that happened in Newtown, Connecticut.
“The only way you get to extreme behavior like that is having multiple risk factors and almost no protective factors,” stated Gentile. “Things have to go seriously wrong and video violence is just one risk factor, but not an overwhelmingly one by any strectch of the imagination.”
He says no on disputes that violence is a part of today’s entertainment culture, but shooters actions more likely stem from multiple issues-including emotional , personal, genetic, and family reasons.
West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller has introduced a bill to examine the impact of violent content, including video games on children. Police have not released information linking violent video games with 20-year-old Adam Lanza.
Iowa Radio Network
December 26, 2012