Today, In Moscow, a student named Sergei Gordeyev entered his school and shot and killed his teacher and a police officer. He held twenty students hostage until his father called him and encouraged him to release the hostages. Parliament Security Committee Chief Irina Yarovaya blames aggressive games as part of the cause for the school shooting. The media and many law enforcement officials are arguing that violent games are the cause of students becoming more violent. Law makers want to put a stop to violent video games.
Are video games training young people to be killers? In recent years, there have been several horrific school shootings. Each time the media reports one of the shootings, there is speculation that violent video games are the cause.
On April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado, the shooting at Columbine High School occurred. Twelve students, one teacher were killed by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. This was a tragic event. Schools, parents, and the world looked for any reason as to why these two individuals would shoot up their school. One of the common themes that circulated was that the two killers were avid video game players. The media started to say that violent video games make children aggressive and violent.
On April 26, 2007 at Virginia Tech, 32 people being killed. On December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, 26 people were killed. These are just some of the many school shootings in the United States that are well known.
In the 2010 case, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, the United States Supreme Court struck down a state law that prohibited the sale of violent video games to minors. The Court held that the law was unconstitutional because it violated the First Amendment.
Does this case resonate with the views in the rest of the world? Should there be a ban on violent video games? Should law makers try to enforce banning these video games? Are these video games the true cause of violent behavior in children?