Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Mar 2013 15:42 UTC
Games "For nearly thirty years we've been having this discussion, asking the question: do violent movies, music or video games make people violent? Well according to Brad Bushman and Craig Anderson of Iowa State University, yes. Based on the results of their research they concluded in 2001 that video games and violent media can make people aggressive and violent. Based upon their data and their conclusions, however, it's safe to say that photos of snakes, crispy bacon, or a particularly rigorous game of chess can also make people aggressive and violent." And politicians?
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Interestingly enough, Australian Institute of Criminology data shows a decline in firearm related homicides since gun control laws were introduced. What it also shows is that prior to gun control laws, homicide in general was already on a decline, and that decline was completely unaltered by the availability of firearms. Firearm related homicide as a percentage of all homicide sharply fell, but homicide was largely unchanged. It's basically mathematical proof that people who want to kill eachother will do it however they can. A gun may be a weapon of opportunity, just as a kitchen knife, a pillow, or your own bare hands can be.

Interstingly, the data stretches to 1990, before violence in video games was a real issue. Before the graphics were really capable of properly depicting violence. Violent games are all the more common, today, and more violent. Clearly, an increase in the social penetration of violent games, and an increase in the violence of these games doesn't even register in the homicide statistics.

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But then how about gun related deaths?
Homicides are one thing, but US has the highest statistics when it comes to accidental gun deaths and injuries.

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