Aaron Alexis murdered 12 people at Washington Navy Yard on September 16. Reports suggest he played up to 16 hours of violent video games at a time.
Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University, reported the following in his article “Do Violent Video Games Play a Role in Shootings?”*
“Studies show that violent video games increase aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological arousal, and aggressive behavior. Violent games also decrease helping behavior and feelings of empathy for others.”
We’ve heard it before. But what can we do?
Do you know what is on violent video games? If you dare keep reading, you’ll discover.
Website askmen reports:
“The violence in Carmageddon comes from the sheer ability to run people down in the most imaginatively brutal ways with a multi-purposed road hog; ramming pedestrians into steaming piles of bloody flesh.
Soldier of Fortune lets you torture and brutalize enemies at your most sadistic desires. It’s the sick little pleasures of blowing off enemy limbs with a shotgun and watching blood spray and guts spill that make this game one of the most truly violent titles of all time.
Slicing a foe with a chainsaw from the groin upward is gruesome enough; however, getting to use a corpse as a human shield when taking fire takes the cake.
MadWorld 2009. What’s black and white and red all over? Your victims as they’re splattered against the wall after being skewered on a lamppost. Or perhaps the answer could include disposing of your enemies in a meat grinder, or playing darts using only your opponents and a baseball bat.”
Tell your children, grandchildren, and lawmakers that you are against violent video games. Don’t watch violent shows. Don’t allow your grandchildren to when they are at your home. Offer alternatives when you are visiting them; a different movie or an outing.
Voice Your Concerns
Let those in positions of influence know of your concerns. Write letters. Send emails.
We cannot reach into every home and turn off the T.V. or remove every violent video game. But we can pray that parents will be convicted with each act of aggression reported on TV that is associated with violent video games. And, that they in turn will take steps to remove the violent games from their homes.
Many times relatives give gift cards or money rather than guessing what a person might like. If you do give a financial gift, offer to take the person to the store to make their purchase. Or, if they’re out of town, include with the gift card that you look forward to hearing what they buy. Accountability goes a long way. Make sure your money isn’t being used for video games that hurt your loved one.
We are responsible for what we teach our children! We are responsible for what goes in our minds and hearts and what we do with our hands.
“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21
Heavenly Father, forgive us for allowing vileness in our homes and nation. Use us to encourage godliness in our children and grandchildren. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Debbie Taylor Williams’ passionate focus to help others know God’s life-changing power has led her to author numerous Bible studies, teach and lead retreats and conferences and serve as keynote speaker at events throughout the United States.